Who We Are


Grand Circle Foundation helps change people’s lives in the world we travel and where we live and work.

Grand Circle Foundation and the Alnoba Lewis Family Foundation have a long history of giving back: to the places where we travel, to the people who live there, and to the city of Boston and communities around the world where we live and work. Grand Circle Foundation together with the Alnoba Lewis Family Foundation has pledged or donated $250 million throughout the world in locations including Africa, Asia, South Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Many of the projects the Foundation supports are, quite literally, in the path of our travelers, while many more are much closer to home.

We believe when people follow their dreams and passions it enriches the world. We believe it fosters courageous leaders who can transform our communities and planet. From increasing the college graduation rate in Boston’s toughest neighborhoods, to building a school in Tanzania, to establishing a leadership center and community farm model in rural New Hampshire, our work helps people build strong communities.

Dear Friend,

To be welcomed into another culture is an incredible gift—one that we’ve received time and time again in our own travels. By reaching out and connecting with communities around the world, we learn to appreciate firsthand not only our diversity, but our commonality … and the understanding we gain can be life-changing.

We owe our success to this focus on cultural exchange—which is why in 1992, we established Grand Circle Foundation as a means to give back to support education, clean water, leadership training, conservation efforts and the preservation of cultural treasures and traditions.

Of course, none of this would be possible without help. We are blessed with the support of strong leaders—both around the world and in our own community. We look for their guidance in choosing the projects that will have the most impact where we live, work, and travel.

We are also indebted to our travelers. By traveling with us and supporting our projects —just as their lives will be enriched by the discoveries they’ll make on their journeys, they’ll also help to enrich the lives of the people they’ll meet along the way.

This website is a celebration of the work we’ve done together. We encourage you to come back and visit so we can keep you updated on our latest projects.

Thank you for supporting Grand Circle Foundation. Together, we are helping to change people’s lives.

Love and peace,




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