In 2008, two philanthropy-minded business leaders whose lives had been changed by travel established The Bodhi Tree Foundation. Its goal: to harness the power of the travel and tourism industry and its significant resources to help people in need, protect cultural heritage and conserve our planet’s biodiversity.


A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Bodhi Tree Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing and enabling the travel community and travelers to nurture the most effective grassroots charitable initiatives around the world. By focusing on projects and initiatives that preserve cultural heritage, help people in need and conserve our planet’s biodiversity, we hope to protect the world’s cultural and natural treasures for future travelers to enjoy.

The Foundation serves as the independent philanthropic arm for its fellow JG Worldwide organizations as well as other travel companies, conducting the vetting, monitoring, reporting and administration for businesses that do not have the time or expertise to do so. For select international travel organizations who have their own vetted philanthropic efforts but do not possess 501(c)(3) designation, the Foundation is proud to assist their fundraising efforts by serving as their U.S. fiscal sponsor. The Foundation also conducts awareness campaigns to educate the travel industry on special causes, such as the elephant poaching crisis.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of leading travel industry professionals, global humanitarians and savvy travelers. Passionately philanthropic, they see The Bodhi Tree Foundation as a unique opportunity to ensure that future generations experience travel as we do today.