Over the years, we have been honored with a number of distinguished philanthropy awards. We are proud and humbled by the recognition of our efforts to change people’s lives.
Good Neighbor Award: 2016
Grand Circle Travel was awarded the 2016 Good Neighbor Award by Codman Academy. Each year Codman Academy presents the Good Neighbor Award to an organization that is providing leadership and service to our students and families in Codman Square and in particular, partnering with our school.
Boston Business Journal
Top 50 Corporate Charitable Contributor: 2017–2009, 2006
Grand Circle was recognized at the Boston Business Journal‘s Corporate Citizen Summit in each of these years as one of the top givers in Massachusetts.
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award: 2005
This award from the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, co-founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and former Chevron CEO Ken Derr, recognized our CEO, Alan Lewis.
Champion’s Award: 2014
This award recognized Harriet Lewis for her support in transforming the economic and cultural fabric of high-need communities through education and leadership development.
Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Award
Philanthropic Leadership: 2013
Community Involvement: 2010
BUILDer Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: 2012
Awarded by BUILD Boston, a Boston-based organization committed to training high school students in entrepreneurship, for support of programs.
Greater Boston Food Bank
Volunteers of the Year: 2011
This award recognized the consistency and commitment of Grand Circle associates who volunteer quarterly.
New England Center for Homeless Veterans
Battlefield Citation Award: 2010
Awarded for Grand Circle’s support of area veterans, which includes moving homeless veterans into their own homes, furnishing the homes, meal preparation, and more.
West End Boys & Girls Club
Passport to Belonging Award: 2009
Presented to Alan & Harriet Lewis for their long-term commitment and significant support of the West End Boys & Girls Club. Alan is an alumnus
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts
Commitment to Action Award: 2007
Corporate Partner Award: 2002. Awards presented in honor of Grand Circle’s funding for the new BE SAFE initiative and in recognition of our long-time support of AIDS Walk Boston.
City on a Hill Charter School
Citizenship Awards: 2006
Presented to Harriet Lewis in recognition of her support of this charter school’s mission and development.
Ernest & Young
Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award: 2006
Presented to Grand Circle CEO Alan Lewis for leadership in social responsibility.
Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc., and the Society for Human Resource Management
One of the “25 Best Companies to Work for in America”: 2006
Presented for Grand Circle’s innovative culture and benefits.
Recognition Award: 2006
In recognition of our support of homeless families, including funding of the shelter, an annual holiday party for families, and helping to furnish and then move mothers and their children into permanent housing..
Tanzania Tourist Board
Tour Operator Humanitarian Award: 2006
Given in recognition of Overseas Adventure Travel’s commitment to giving back to the villages it visits.
Boston Business Journal
“Best Places to Work”—Top 20 Large Company division: 2005
This award has particular meaning for us, as we won it on the basis of our own associates’ votes in categories such as Team Effectiveness, Alignment with Goals, Feeling Valued, and People Practices
Neurofibromatosis, Inc., Mass Bay Area
Cornerstone Award: 2004
Presented to Grand Circle Foundation in recognition of our stalwart support of neurofibromatosis over the last two decades.
New England Women’s Leadership Awards
“Circle of Giving” Award: 2004
The New England Women’s Leadership Award (NEWLA) honors women who have not only risen to positions of respect and influence, but who also have given back to their communities. A NEWLA was presented to Harriet Lewis.
Thompson Island Outward Bound
North Star Award: 2004
Awarded in recognition of Grand Circle’s extraordinary service to Boston youth and its efforts to promote the specific mission of Thompson Island Outward Bound.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Achievement Award: 2001.
Presented to organizations whose commitment to community service helps others reach their dreams, this award cited Grand Circle Foundation’s work as a role model for corporate social responsibility.
New England Society of Fundraising Executives
Hero of Philanthropy Award: 2000
Awarded to people and organizations who strengthen communities and demonstrate extraordinary compassion for humankind. Given by the New England Society of Fundraising Executives, the award celebrates our work as a model of corporate philanthropy.
Founders’ Award: 1998
Thompson Island, in Boston Harbor, is home to one of the few inner-city Outward Bound centers in the country. This award is given to those whose dedication and leadership have enriched the lives and improved the education of youth in need.
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Founders’ Award: 1996
Presented to Grand Circle for its support of the environmental efforts of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, including participation by the Lewis family and Grand Circle associates in an annual 1-mile harbor swim.
Grand Circle Travel/Overseas Adventure Travel was named one of “Boston’s Best and
Grand Circle Cruise Lines has been named the #2 Small-ship Ocean Cruise