Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of the name ‘Bodhi Tree’ in your foundation name?


What is the significance of the name ‘Bodhi Tree’ in your foundation name?

In Buddhism, ‘Bodhi’ is traditionally translated into the English word ‘enlightenment’ and literally means ‘awakened’. The original tree was a large and sacred fig tree that was planted in 288 BC and under which the spiritual teacher Buddha was said to have received enlightenment. Today, you will find these trees planted near Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and they are a frequent destination for pilgrims seeking enlightenment.

When the original founders created the foundation, they believed the word best described what the foundation embodied and aspired to be. Our goal to inspire travelers give back to places – its people, cultures and environment – that move them during their travels so they can be protected for other generations to enjoy.

How are potential projects vetted?


How are potential projects vetted?

Projects are carefully vetted by our team. We look for projects that are community-based and sustainable, have measurable end results, and support areas in which tourism is (or could be) a positive source of development.

What is your grant process?


What is your grant process?

In the past, we accepted a small number of applications from grass-roots charitable organizations for funding support. The Executive Board has identified and selected projects for long-term support for the 2016/17 period.

Is the S.A.F.E. Campaign still active?


Is the S.A.F.E. Campaign still active?

The S.A.F.E. Campaign launched in 2014 initially as a one year awareness and field support campaign. Based on the reception of the campaign and the impact we have seen with our beneficiaries, we augmented the campaign throughout 2016. While the active fundraising aspect of the campaign has ended, we still encourage people to visit our website and learn about the poaching crisis and the projects we support. You can continue to donate to any of these projects.

How much of my donation goes directly to a project?


How much of my donation goes directly to a project?

Most of The Bodhi Tree Foundation’s overhead expenses are generously underwritten by its co-founder, JG Worldwide. This means that 100% of your donation goes directly to our projects (less any processing fees) for maximum impact.

Can I fundraise for the The Bodhi Tree Foundation?


Can I fundraise for the The Bodhi Tree Foundation?

Absolutely! We have various individuals and organizations who fundraise on our behalf or support us through marketing programs, such as donating a percentage of their sales to one of our projects or to our general fund. Interested parties should contact us for info@thebodhitreefoundation.org for more information.

Are you accepting internships or hiring?


Are you accepting internships or hiring?

We are currently not accepting any permanent, volunteer or temporary positions at this time.

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