Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a donation to Grand Circle Foundation?

You can donate online by MasterCard, Visa or Discover by using our secure online donation form. Donations can also 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 [email protected] 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:

  • Make a general donation to support the worldwide work of the Grand Circle Foundation
  • Make a donation to a specific school, organization or village supported by Grand Circle Foundation

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 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 Alan & Harriet Lewis and 100% of donations are used towards projects at 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 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.

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 only able to manage scholarships of specific children in Kenya, Tanzania or Zimbabwe.

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.