Announcing Our 2011 Associates' Fund Recipients
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Announcing Our 2011 Associates' Fund Recipients

Grand Circle associates select 5 worthy winners from 16 deserving nonprofits

Grand Circle Foundation is proud to give back to destinations along the path of Grand Circle Travel and OAT itineraries around the world. And we're also proud to give back close to home. At our Boston headquarters, the spirit of community service thrives, as volunteers give back through food banks, homeless shelters, and charitable events throughout the Boston area.

One way in which associates get involved is through the Associates' Fund, which allows a team of associates to make the determination of how $25,000, provided by Grand Circle Foundation, will be allocated among various local charitable organizations. These organizations must be Boston-based nonprofits with an operating budget of $3 million or less, and grants are awarded for use on a specific project, rather than general administrative or operating costs.

For consideration, proposals must focus on the areas of youth education and discovery. And the more creative the approach, the better! The grants are one year in duration.

Although grants can range from $500 to $5,000, all five of our most recent recipients will receive a check for the maximum amount by year-end. Congratulations to our latest winners:

Cradles to Crayons: This important organization endeavors to provide homeless and disadvantaged children with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued, while at the same time laying a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of families and individuals and hundreds of corporations each year. Our grant will help provide the warm clothes, coats, boots, and other supplies necessary for disadvantaged children to survive and thrive during the harsh New England winter.

Crossroads for Kids:
Outdoor activities that take them out of their comfort zone are the starting point for Crossroads for Kids to provide life-changing experiences for youngsters whose life circumstances increase their likelihood of developing high-risk behaviors. Our grant will provide tenth graders with hiking and nature books, gear, and resources that they need as they embark on a two-week hiking trek designed to build strength of character, motivation, and the essential skills they will need as they approach college.

e inc.:
The e inc. Environmental Science Learning and Action Center pairs science education with community action in order to effect environmental change in urban communities and develop capable and confident individuals able to take immediate and sustained action to protect our planet. Our grant will fund a Team Green Team initiative in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan.

Friends of the Children:
Friends of the Children seeks to create generational change by engaging young achievers from low-income, high-crime communities in twelve years of transformative mentoring relationships. Our grant will provide new program space and materials to help these children learn to rise above and beyond the circumstances in which they live.





Strong Women Strong Girls: This empowering organization utilizes the lessons learned from strong women throughout history to encourage girls and young women to become strong women themselves. Our grant will support a long-term mentoring relationship between disadvantaged girls and women who can serve as their role models.

Featured in our November 2011 E-Newsletter. Read the full issue here.