Giving Back While Traveling
Published: May 2010
By Alice Gordon
An up-and-coming nonprofit is harnessing travel dollars for important works around the globe.
The new Bodhi Tree Foundation, cofounded by the CEO’s of New York–based consulting firm JG Black Book of Travel and affordable-housing nonprofit Habiquad, is enabling travelers to give back worldwide. The foundation, whose 2010 beneficiaries include a tiger conservation program in northeast India, and Edeyo, a not-for-profit rebuilding Haitian schools destroyed by the earthquake, has a growing list of travel partners (the Oberoi Group and Thompson Hotels, among them) that make it easy to contribute. The new Veranda Resort & Residences, in Turks and Caicos, for example, matches guests’ donation dollars; at New York’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée, an amenity menu offers cocktails, tea, or a foundation contribution. If you choose the latter, you’re just the kind of person that the Bodhi Tree is counting on. thebodhitreefoundation.org.