- 2013, Library of Congress American Literacy Award presented to 826 National for achievements in the field of literacy.
- 2012, Strategic Horizons LLP Experience Stager of the Year award presented to 826 National for creating a network of eight writing and tutoring centers across the country that help under-resourced students, ages 6-18, explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.
- 2012, INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award presented to Dave Eggers for his literary and philanthropic work with 826 National and McSweeney's.
- 2010, Jim Henson Community Honor award presented to 826 National.
- 2009, Los Angeles Times Book Prize Innovators Award given to 826 National Co-Founder Dave Eggers for his work with 826 National and McSweeney's.
- 2009, National Book Foundation Literarian Award presented to Dave Eggers for
outstanding service to the American literary community.
- 2008, TED Prize presented to Dave Eggers for his work with 826 National.
- 2007, Heinz Award for Arts & Humanities presented to Dave Eggers.
- 2007, Edutopia magazine's “Daring Dozen: Twelve Who Are Reshaping the Future of Education,” featured 826 National Co-Founder Nínive Calegari.
- 2004, Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” named Dave Eggers for his founding of 826 centers.
- 2009, Graphis Design Annual, AIGA Cause/Affect Award, and How International
Design Award presented to 826 Valencia and Office, Inc. for their partnership in
creating new pirate supply products.
- 2007, 2008, Cesar Chavez Peace Award given to 826 Valencia's Programs Director
Erin Archuleta for her work in the Everett Writers’ Room.
- 2006, Business Arts Council’s award for “New and Emerging Cultural Organization.”
- 2006, Mission Learning Center's Second Annual Wilma Espinoza Milagro Community
Service Award presented to Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari.
- 2004, National Council of Teachers of English Literacy Award.
- 2003, California’s Excellence in Education Award from Senator Barbara Boxer.
- San Francisco Bay Guardian recognized 826 Valencia as: “Best Breeding Ground for Preteen Intellectuals”
- San Francisco Magazine recognized 826 Valencia as: "Best Youth Writing Center"
- 2006, Proclamation of Recognition from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
given to 826LA.
- 2007, Volunteer of the Year Award granted by the Brooklyn Public Library to
- 2012, 826 Boston & Continuum won an Ad Club "Best in Print" award for publication of We Think You're Old Enough to Know.
- 2011, 826 Boston volunteer Brandon Abbs won a Bank of America Local Hero award.
- 2009, 2010, and 2011, The Boston Phoenix nominated 826 Boston for “best nonprofit."
- 2008, The Boston Globe named 826 Boston the “best place to volunteer.”
- 2008, Crain’s Detroit Business “Twenty in their 20’s” list features Amanda Uhle, 826michigan’s Executive Director.