There are plenty of Bali charities you can contribute to, from animal welfare to social foundations focusing on children’s education. While the island is best known for its fantastic beaches and luxury resorts, there are communities in remote areas in need of support, as well as underprivileged children and disadvantaged people that could use a helping hand.

You can get to learn about wildlife rehabilitation by joining a turtle hatchling release or visiting a shark nursery to learn about blacktip reef sharks. If you’re looking to contribute to responsible tourism during your holiday, check out our guide of good causes to give back to in Bali.

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    Bali Sharks (Serangan Shark Project)

    Bali Sharks (Serangan Shark Project)

    Bali Sharks gives you a rare chance to safely swim in a shark nursery off Serangan Island, which has over a dozen blacktip reef sharks. Started as the Serangan Shark Project, it was founded by Hawaiian surfer Paul Friese, who’s also a conservationist committed to these sharks. 

    Thanks to a collaboration with the Gili Eco Trust, Bali Sharks has released numerous rehabilitated sharks around the waters of the Gili Islands. Proceeds from eco-tours, merchandise and book sales go to the funding of the on-going efforts.

    Location: Jalan Tukad Punggawa No.25, Serangan, Denpasar, Bali 80229, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 4pm

    Phone: +62 (0)858 5732 0471

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    Yayasan Senyum Bali (Smile Foundation)

    Yayasan Senyum Bali (Smile Foundation)

    The Smile Foundation Bali is an independent organisation that provides medical assistance to people with craniofacial disabilities, such as cleft lip and palate, tumours, traumas and rare syndromes. Founded in 2005, it establishes partnerships with other organisations to assist disadvantaged patients for transfers between their homes and hospitals. The foundation also has its own patient house in Denpasar. 

    When necessary, Yayasan Senyum Bali also arranges for legal documents and flights for patients to be flown to the Australian Craniofacial Unit in Adelaide for emergency surgeries. You can help through a donation of cash or essential goods, or by purchasing souvenirs from their gift shop.

    Location: Jalan Pulau Aru No.9, Dauh Puri, Denpasar, Bali 80114, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9am to 4.50pm, Saturday from 9am to 12pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 233 758

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    Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA)

    Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA)

    Founded in 2007, the Bali Animal Welfare Association is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of animals, with efforts to alleviating animal suffering and overpopulation through medical care and spaying or neutering. They often organise street-feeding and adoption, as well as educating communities about animal welfare. 

    BAWA collaborates with the Bali Street Dog Fund, an Australian non-profit dedicated to the welfare of cats and dogs on the island through veterinary care and public awareness.

    Location: Jalan A.A. Gede Rai No.550, Lodtunduh, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)812 384 0133

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    Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS)

    Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS)

    The Bali Sea Turtle Society has been focusing on the welfare of sea turtles since 2011. The foundation aims to get the local community and travellers involved to help protect these endangered species. The Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Centre often organises turtle hatchling releases that are open to the public. 

    You can donate or purchase a DVD titled A Journey Back to the Sea – all proceeds go to the turtle conservation efforts.

    Location: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)811 388 2683

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    Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF)

    Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF)

    Friends of the National Parks Foundation was founded in 1997 by Balinese ornithologist Dr Bayu Wirayudha. The organisation works to protect wildlife, restore habitats, and improve the wellbeing of local communities through projects covering national forests in Kalimantan, Mount Batukaru, and Nusa Penida. 

    Through this foundation, Dr Wirayudha and his team successfully bred the endemic Bali Starling, saving it from becoming endangered. You can take part in FNPF’s eco-tours, purchase merchandise with proceeds going back to fund their programs, donate, or volunteer at their conservation sites.

    Location: Banjar Intaran, Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10am to 5pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 479 2286

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    Bali Kids Foundation (Yayasan Anak Anak Bali)

    The Bali Kids Foundation was founded in April 2005, serving as a centre for any orphaned children seeking medical attention. It also provides free care for local village children from disadvantaged families. 

    It operates a weekly mobile medical service and treats hundreds of children every month, as well as educating management and staff of local orphanages on health, hygiene and child abuse.

    Location: Jalan Raya Cica, Banjar Cica, Abian Base, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 3pm to 5pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 900 6331

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    East Bali Poverty Project

    The East Bali Poverty Project covers an arid region of Bali, where water is scarce and some villagers live with poor sanitation, schools and health facilities. Founded in 1998, this non-profit organisation sets out to help these communities through educational initiatives, sustainable agriculture, nutrition improvement, and health awareness programs. 

    The project has shown good progress over the years, earning its founder – David J. Booth – an MBE for his hands-on services in developing the region. You can get involved through volunteering, donations, and fundraising efforts.

    Location: Jalan Tunjung Sari No.2YZ, Padangsambian Kaja, Denpasar, Bali 80117, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8am to 5pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 410 071

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    The John Fawcett Foundation (Bali Eye)

    The John Fawcett Foundation restores sight to countless needy Balinese through free corrective surgery and prosthetic eye projects. With assistance from Rotary Australia and Rotary International, humanitarian John Fawcett first established a cleft lip and palate effort in 1989 and a mobile clinic for cataract surgery in 1991. 

    You can help the blind to regain their sight by donating or purchasing a beautiful Bali photobook, which shows you what the less fortunate are missing out on.

    Location: Jalan Pengembak 16, Blanjong, Sanur, 80238, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8am to 4pm, Saturday from 8am to 12pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 270 812

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    Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak (YKPA)

    Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak is a non-profit foundation that focuses on local children’s welfare, providing a caring shelter and an education outreach for street kids. It also works on raising AIDS awareness, sexual abuse prevention and child abuse prevention. 

    They have a special shelter for teen girls and young women seeking emergency care and short-term assistance. Donations are welcome, and you can appreciate the kids’ creativity by buying a handcrafted doll or souvenir at their gift shop.

    Location: Jalan Gunung Payung No.23, Banjar Umadui, Padangsambian, Denpasar, Bali 80117, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)813 3741 1112

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    Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi (YKIP)

    Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi (Mother Earth Humanitarian Foundation) commits to improving the lives of impoverished communities in Bali through comprehensive educational opportunities. 

    The foundation prioritises local children from economically disadvantaged families, orphans, victims of natural disaster, and those who are disabled but attend regular school. They often carry out various scholarship programs as part of their mission. You can support by donating or volunteering as teachers.

    Location: Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai, Gang Mina Utama No.1, Sesetan, Denpasar, Bali 80223, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8am to 5pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 937 8047

Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller