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How do I make a donation to Grand Circle Foundation?

You can donate online by MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express by using our secure online donation form. Or, donations can be made by check (payable to Grand Circle Foundation) and sent to:

Grand Circle Foundation
347 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

Download Grand Circle Foundation Mail-In Donation Form

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Grand Circle Foundation via email at foundation@grandcirclefoundation.org or by phone at (800) 859-0852.

Can I tell the Foundation how I'd like my donation to be used?

Absolutely. As a donor, you have the following options:

  • Invest in a Village: Support one of our ongoing village improvement projects and we'll match your donation 100% until we meet our fundraising goal.

You may specify your preference on our online donation form. If you're donating by check, simply include a note with your donation specifying which school or village project you're interested in supporting (you can view a full list on our online donation form).

Please note that the schools and projects funded by Grand Circle Foundation are subject to change. In the event that the school/project you wish to support is no longer an official Foundation site at the time we receive your donation, we reserve the right to transfer your gift to an alternate school/project. Whenever possible, we will attempt to transfer your gift to a school/project in the same country with similar needs to the school/project you identified. If you are unsure as to whether we are still funding a particular site, please refer to the complete list on our online donation form.

Is my donation tax deductible and what is the Foundation's administrative fee?

Donations made to Grand Circle Foundation are tax deductible (Federal Tax Number is 04-3175434). The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation.

All administration fees are covered by Grand Circle Corporation and 100% of donations are forwarded to the schools and organizations supported by Grand Circle Foundation.

Can I purchase and send items directly to Grand Circle Foundation or the schools you support?

We are not able to accept any donations other than monetary donations made by check or by credit card. Please do not send items you wish to donate to a Grand Circle Foundation site to our Boston office. In addition, we discourage you from sending donated items directly to these international sites because the schools and organizations we support do not have the means to pay for customs duties and transportation to collect the items.

Prior to your trip, if you wish, you may choose to bring along a few items for the school or community visit, such as pencils, chalk, or other school or sports supplies. Your pre-trip Travel Handbook will outline the types of items needed or requested. Or, choose your destination online to view a list of requested items.

After you've returned from your trip, if you'd like to make a donation to a school or organization you visited that's supported by Grand Circle Foundation, we can only accept donations by check or by credit card.

Can I sponsor a specific child I met at a school sponsored by Grand Circle Foundation?

At this time, Grand Circle Foundation is not able to manage sponsorship of specific children. You can, however, support a child by donating to a specific school.

On my next trip, what kinds of items should I bring to the school I visit?

Your OAT pre-trip Travel Handbook includes information about the types of items that are most needed and appreciated by the schools and organizations supported by Grand Circle Foundation. Or, choose your destination online to view a list of requested items.