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Big Tree International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Nonprofit Management

Mission: Big Tree International (BTI) was founded in 2011 with the mission of helping a handful of orphans in China. BTI quickly became one of America’s fastest growing nonprofits, with offices, staff and volunteers around the world, serving over 10,000 orphans globally. We were considered among the top 2% for transparency and impact in the United States. Within 5 years, we had leveraged more than $20 Million towards orphan care and community transformation projects around the world and (most importantly) our international programs were completely self-sustaining and run by the local communities. In the Fall of 2016, BTI leadership met together again to discuss next steps. Our group, all sitting on multiple boards and focused on the big picture, decided to put their energies to supporting local nonprofits’ growth and connecting resources to needs. Leveraging our network of relationships and experience to do what we are really good at – growing and advising nonprofits to be successful. Today, BTI builds a better world by offering nonprofit consulting services to strengthen the capacity of local nonprofits addressing society’s most important challenges.

Results: The United States has over 1.5 Million tax-exempt charitable organizations, yet only 2.4% of them account for 90% of total reported revenue of $373.25 Billion. In other words, most nonprofits are competing for funding scraps even though there is more than enough financial food to go around. The problem we have seen is that most nonprofits do not have the experience, expertise and relationships to access those resources. BTI’s team of experts knows how to help nonprofits with their capacity development challenges.

Target demographics: Capacity development for small nonprofits

Geographic areas served: Serving local nonprofits

Programs: Growth Assistance Program (GAP) – A systematic and proven 12-month program where we provide our full suite of services to help qualified local nonprofits bridge the gap between where they are in their growth journey and where they want to be. Functioning as their behind the scenes advisor, we provide an infusion of tools, awards, resources, capital, strategic relationships, confidence and credibility to the small nonprofit who did not previously have the capacity to grow. Participants are selected who 1) we believe in their cause, (2) are poised for growth and (3) have what it takes to have a long-term “ripple effect” for large scale social and economic development of their community. We primarily serve organizations working on education, environment, arts, and family services. General Consulting Services – Customized, needs-based consulting in fundraising, strategic planning, grant research and writing, board development, compliance, marketing communications, risk management and income strategies that help non-profits organization become more effective and sustainable.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Simona S.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been repeatedly impressed with the integrity and energy of Big Tree International founders; their vision in caring for others, going the second (and third) mile to bring help and relief to those most in need, and in sustaining a vision for what that care and provision needs to look like next year and in five or ten years in order to be effective and progressive. Five stars well deserved! The Spear Family Foundation

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Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree Int'l is making a HUGE difference for vulnerable women and children in China. They stand up for basic human rights and bring hope and help at the time of crisis. The organization is run with utmost integrity. I am so thankful for the work they do.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Big Tree International is such a wonderful organization to support as they serve the people of China with love and caring. They are very good at keeping us informed of their needs and of their progress.

Donor

Rating: 5

We love the mission of Big Tree International. It is wonderful and encouraging to know that this ministry is in place and we love to stay involved and up to date on what is happening. 5 stars for sure!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Tom Barry. I served as a teacher at the FIRE School of Ministry and as its Director of Pastoral Care during the time that Matt Ziebart attended FIRE.

My wife and I became very well acquainted with the Ziebarts and spent a significant amount of time with them during their early years as husband and wife. I also employed Matt as a contractor to build an outdoor deck at my home.

We have seen them do what was necessary to have a successful marriage and family. We have watched as they have worked hard to pour themselves out in behalf of others and have boldly taken the initiative to help those who cannot help themselves.

We can give the Matt and Hallie our highest recommendation for their personal character, work ethic, zeal and concern for others, and would be glad to answer any additional questions you may have.

Sincerely,
Tom Barry
704-905-3435

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I love the heart of Big Tree. They truly understandthe role we, as the church, are to have in the lives of orphans. Not only do they understand it, but they are passionate about helping to equip the church to pour out into these little lives as well. They have a very real and unique vision that we find refreshing. We feel honored to be apart of such an awesome organization.

5 Joshuah R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently visited their operation in China and it was thoroughly impressive what they have accomplished and the amount of time they have done it in. If half of the other non-profits i know were run with this efficiency we would be living in a different world.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are glad to have an honest non-profit organization in China, Big Tree International, where we know that our finances are really used to help families and children that need an extra hand.

Jeremy19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Tree International has blown me away. The success stories, and overall accomplishments of this organization surpass what I would have never imagined possible. The integrity and transparency of this institution is something to be desired among other non-profits. I highly recommend Big Tree International as your first contact for information regarding orphans in China and around the world.

3 Don_35

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is an excellent non-profit organization that helps orphans in China and around the world. The organization I lead has been donating funds to them for the last two years and I've been very pleased with the diligent effort they make. They communication consistantly and report with transparancy about the use of funds. Any person or organization wanting to make a difference in the world could not find a better place to invest!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is a family-oriented organization serving the women and children of China and helping orphans around the world. They have excellent communication with their donors, transparent, honest representation of their work and are quality individauls.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Big Tree International because their work is hands-on, personal, and practical. I have worried with other nonprofits that my money will get lost in advertising or paying for overhead and very little of it will do any good. Not so with Big Tree International! No middle-men, just their work to help orphans and churches around the world. Plus, the people that run it are super kind and down-to-earth. The website is organized well, and it's easy to donate. Absolutely love them!

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported Big Tree for a few years. They are amazing people and we just love them, the work they do and their Big Hearts :)
I know how much they do, and how they really live what they believe. It makes a real difference in the lives of the people they touch. We need more people like this to put their own lives 'on hold', and travel to serve others.
So thankful for them.

Greg53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Matt and Hallie Ziebart for years! They are incredibly loving, honest, loyal, human beings, that live to love and serve! I fully support this organization and what they do!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the founders of this non-profit for years and they are amazing high-quality people. They put their heart and soul into what they are doing and I am THANKFUL for them and their vision. It blesses me greatly knowing the difference they are making and I get to play a small part in it by praying and giving into it.

1 Rachel126

Donor

Rating: 5

I am constantly impressed by these people! They are highly professional, honest, and have a dedication, that stands the test of time! If you look in the dictionary (English or Chinese), you will see their picture under the definition of honest. They have integrity like no other! I am always in awe, and think of them often. Any monies giving to their organization is money truly well spent.

1 Aurora E.

Donor

Rating: 5

The founders of BTI are passionate and diligent in their work. As they serve struggling families, foster children and orphans in China, the needs they seek to meet could easily be daunting and depressing, but BTI always communicates with hope and clarity, joyfully spreading their vision for all Chinese children to enjoy a home with loving parents. They NEVER appeal for support using guilt or pity, but because they have genuine joy in their work and believe in what they are doing, their compassion is contagious. I always show my children the update letters from Matt and Hallie, and my children were so excited when they got to meet them at a local presentation.
As an organization, BTI is mobile, agile, flexible, full of "salt of the earth" kinds of people. They welcome new visionaries and leaders onto the team, and give them great freedom *and* accountability to pursue their area of passion. BTI seems more focused on their growth in impact than financial comfort. They are resourceful and diligent in their use of funds, pushing their resources to do as much good as possible.
I am very impressed with BTI's relationships in China and their diligence to build a good reputation with individuals and with the government. They believe the highest impact for the welfare of Chinese families is equipping native families and communities. It might be easier--and less effective--to set up orphanages and foster homes run by American staff, but the BTI has something much bigger in mind: influencing a culture and a nation to take care of its children. As they put in time to build relationships in China and train Chinese foster parents and adoptive parents, they are building a legacy that, Ibelieve, will span generations.
Bravo, BTI!

Donor

Rating: 5

Blessed to be able to support this wonderful ministry in some small way! Cannot wait to see even more potential realized through them! Love you guys!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BTI is is necessary and very beneficial organization run by high quality individuals. They are organized, strategic, and very motivated. I am very pleased with the work they do, and would recommend them to anyone.

Shelly T.

Donor

Rating: 4

This organization inspires me! I love the work, the mission, and the heart behind BTI, I am blessed to support this ministry and look forward to see where it goes in the future! Matt is an awesome communicator, and Hallie's heart is beautiful!

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best nonprofits we know of--our family enjoys partnering with BTI in their efforts, and plan to do so for years to come. The BTI team is highly dedicated to their mission, are highly effective, and are an inspiration to us. We strongly support them, and encourage others we know to invest in this work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm really excited about the work BTI is doing in China, as they seek to help families in China. They are an advocate and a voice for so many precious babies and are there to offer guidance, comfort, and love to parents who might otherwise feel alone and unsure about decisions regarding their and their children's future. I whole-heartedly support Big Tree International and appreciate their candor and reporting on a situation that might otherwise be virtually unknown. They are making a difference in these families' lives in China, and I am excited to see what hope and blessing they can bring to hurting people in the future as this organization and its impact grows.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so happy to be able to support Matt and Hallie. The work they are doing with the orphans is so close to our hearts. Thank you so much for the work you are doing!! Big Tree has made it very easy to make contributions. Great organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is making a difference in the lives of people, particularly children, in the country of China. As well, BTI positively affects the lives of people around the world by allowing them the opportunity to partner with BTI to make a difference. Big Tree assists orphaned and abandoned children. Big Tree also assists and trains families in keeping and caring for their children. As well, BTI works tirelessly in equipping local church organizations in these same skills to meet the needs of people within their area of influence. The BTI leadership is characterized by integrity and hearts of service to others. The BTI administration is one of professionalism, good communication, and transparent finances. Big Tree International is making a difference in our world today.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Matt and Hallie while they served alongside of me at a different non-profit, it was where I was first introduced to their genuine care and love for anyone they came in contact with. Being almost fourty years old and working in and with many other non-profits, along with following this one and watching it grow through the years seeing many wonderful results from the dedication invested, I can honestly say they are going the distance and care so much about every life they come in contact with. Hallie and Matt have spent time meeting with those who have questions and they always go above and beyond by even going as far as asking personal questions back with answers and remedies for those they see are in need spiritually and physically. They have always been folks who will stop what they are doing to be a friend if I've needed and have always remained very transparent while being extremely professional in all that they do. I'm am not one to put any man on a pedistool but I can say my hat goes off to them and they have my utmost respect for all that they do in their personal lives and their professional lives too! Thank you Matt and Hallie for all that you do!

Shaey A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Tree International keeps their supporters up to date about their progress in China. We can see a faithfully consistent and passionate staff working for babies and families. It is exciting to see the work this nonprofit has done and will continue to do, with energy, commitment and integrity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I so appreciate the work of Big Tree International, and the opportunity to donate to the organization. I have found the staff to be hard working, honest, open, and friendly. I particularly enjoy hearing of their work to encourage families in China, working to strengthen each person they come in contact with. They set a great example of how charitable organizations should function.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big tree International, work in China incluse serving, babies, families: helping orphans and Churches around the world. They have a good quality about their office administration; good communication, professional, transparent reporting, and honesty. They are an example to follow. I definitely recomnend this orginatiin.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Matthew and Hallie of Bigtree for many years. The integrity they have exibited over the years has never wavered. I know that the support I send will be used as designated every time.

Bigtree does the work that I had only dreamed of doing - caring for the hurt and needy people in parts of the world where the need is greatest. Their work with orphans (of which they are adopting one), babies, prenatal training, and families are just a part of what they do.

The entire staff is deeply dedicated to the causes they are involved with, not seeing their work as 'just a job'. I have found the transparency of Bigtree to be a pleasant relief, knowing my investment is not wasted. I strongly encourage others to seriously look into supporting Bigtree International.

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is an organization run by people of integrity. They are upfront about the work they do the needs they have and exactly where donations will be used. I appreciate all the work they do helping Chinese families and babies in their own country. They are very good at keeping their supporters up to date with newsletters and information.
They have changed the lives of the people they serve and helped educate supporters of the needs of others in our world.

Philip11

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is a great organization to work with and support! Their staff is the most friendly, professional and helpful of any humanitarian organization I have ever dealt with. I really appreciate that they are assisting the most needy people-babies and children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been very pleased with the communication and transparency of BTI. I was privileged to witness the beginning stages of Big Tree International, to see first hand the integrity, responsibility and vision that drove this non-profit into existence, and am confident that these values still drive it today. I have no qualms whatsoever about sending my money to BTI. I share their vision, and appreciate immensely the compassionate work they are facilitating around the globe. The founders and volunteers are self-sacrificing and truly live their words.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello I have known Matt since he was a young boy. He was a friend of my son. Through the years, I have seen him grow into the man he is today.....honest, trustworthy, humble and caring among other qualities. These same qualities can be seen in Big Tree International today! you can not go wrong by connecting with this fine organization.

Anita29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have appreciated the work that Matt is doing . It is exciting to hear about everything that. Is taking place. He could use all the help that people will give them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Throughout the year, Big Tree International sends a newsletter updating their donors of what good they are doing within the walls of China. Their hard work and philanthropic productivity is inspirational! I am proud to be a donor of this wonderful organization.