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Big Tree International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Nonprofit Management

Mission: Big Tree International (BTI) builds a better world by offering nonprofit consulting services to strengthen the capacity of local nonprofits addressing society’s most important challenges. Our Purpose: We EMPOWER small organizations to be more effective by leveraging our experience, expertise and relationships to serve their mission We ENCOURAGE and work alongside local organizations by connecting resources to their needs, making it easier for them to grow their impact. We EXPAND organizations’ reach through practical growth strategies and assistance.

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!