Author: Jan Byrnes

Eliminating plastic water bottles at Alnoba

Sometimes the big global environmental problems seem daunting, and we wonder just what one person can do to make a difference. The answer is: each of us can do at least one thing—and if all of us do something, change happens. Alnoba was conceived by the Lewis Family as a model of sustainability with a… Read more »

Protect Our Winters

The Lewis Family Foundation and Grand Circle Foundation began a partnership with Protect Our Winters in 2011 and have donated $210,000 to support their efforts to educate and advocate on climate change issues. Founded by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, Protect Our Winters (POW) turns passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates. POW leads… Read more »

Society to Protect New Hampshire Forests

Over the years the Lewis Family Foundation developed a set of core tenets that help guide all our work – Be Mindful; Be Urgent; Be an Example; Be a Teacher; Be in the Fight. These core tenets are particularly important in our work in conservation and sustainability because they remind us that for all its… Read more »

Himalayan Trust Nepal

Khumjung Blog Post

One of Grand Circle Foundation’s strongest and most enduring partnerships is with the Himalayan Trust Nepal. The partnership began in 1993, with a focus on improving education, and our donations total $793,499 to date. The next project we are supporting will provide $40,988 in funding for the Shree Juving Secondary School in the Mapya Dudhkoshi… Read more »

Aye Yeik Mon Orphanage, Burma

Muyanmar Aye Yeik Mon

A sad aspect of life in Burma is the number of orphans and abandoned children, which has increased in recent years. It is estimated there are now more than 280 centers that care for 36,000 children, many of whom were abandoned by single mothers living in rural areas and students who felt they could not… Read more »

Bears Ears National Monument and Friends of Cedar Mesa

Bears Ear Blog Post

“Leave it as it is,” President Teddy Roosevelt told the crowd on May 6, 1903, while overlooking the Grand Canyon. “You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for… Read more »

Foundation Update: World Water Day

In 2015, we launched our WASH Initiative (Water and Sanitation, Hygiene) to bring clean water and toilets that meet or exceed the local standard to all schools and villages supported by Grand Circle Foundation. At that time, only 14% of schools and villages rated water and sanitation as “Excellent”; 45% had clean water; and 65%… Read more »

Hugh Thurnauer’s Lasting Legacy

Hugh Thurnauer, a 7-time traveler from Mason, OH, had donated a total of $30,500 to Grand Circle Foundation by the time of his death at age 97, providing scholarships for 24 students in Tanzania and Kenya. He never lost touch with the Foundation, expressing a keen interest in the students he supported and frequently reaching… Read more »

Ali Mae Reagan Memorial Fund

Alison Mae Regan—”Ali,” to her family and friends—was a gifted athlete … an excellent student … and a friendly, blonde young woman with a big heart and a warm smile. After graduating from college, she devoted herself with energy and enthusiasm to her job as a teacher at a school for autistic children. Too soon,… Read more »

Wine to Water: Combating the world water crisis, one filter at a time

Since 2015, as part of our W.A.S.H. (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) initiative, Grand Circle Foundation has funded $787,000 toward 102 water projects including wells, water tanks, and water filters, impacting 17,000 people. Today, 97% of schools and 70% of villages supported by the Foundation have an adequate supply of clean water. The need, however, extends far… Read more »