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Durga Tree International, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Human Trafficking, Philanthropy

Mission: Durga Tree International’s mission is to raise funds that support global initiatives to heal, protect, educate, and economically empower survivors of Modern Slavery. We bring together qualified partner organizations in the spirit of collaboration to support their individual and collective strengths, create a support network for modern abolitionists, foster a variety of programs around the globe effectively dealing with the many facets of modern slavery, and educate local US communities about their relationship to Human Trafficking and how it effects every person’s life.

Target demographics: eradicate the global epidemic that is Human Trafficking

Direct beneficiaries per year: countless survivors of slavery by raising over $200,000 in donations.

Geographic areas served: the US, Central America, Africa, and Asia

Programs: fundraising events and educational opportunities to raise support for grassroots organizations working directly with trafficked victims and survivors.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I have worked with and volunteered with Durga tree. I did not realize the importance of this human rights issue before I was involved with Durga! The organization is made up of passionate board members, volunteers, and supporters who truly put their hearts and souls into making a difference in the lives of those who have been effected by trafficking. They also work diligently to educate others on this important issue that is happening all over the world.

Theresa46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From inception to five years later, Durga Tree continues doing great work helping survivors of trafficking.
From initially hosting a fundraising gala to put a roof on a shelter in India, to helping single mothers in New Jersey, to providing housing in Guatemala for rescued moms and children, their work matters.
There’s no organization with higher integrity and contribution.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International is as impressive as they come. The level of their commitment to excellence in every detail, both big and small, is unprecedented. The transparency of this organization has exceeded any level of expectation I had as they continue to update me on where my donations are going, and what the organization is involved in. To know that I've had a direct impact in helping to build a shelter in India, or providing cribs for babies of trafficked girls in Mexico, or building a school in Cameroon...priceless. The enthusiasm is contagious and I can't wait to be a part of whatever Durga Tree creates next!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Always glad to be able to see an organization that helps so many less fortunate.

Kevin W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

From the annual Gala that we attend every year, to the walk we do in the park each year, Durga Tree is an amazing charity. It really changes lives. From the young woman being trafficked, Durga tree is a lifeline that helps them get away from the sex trade and recapture their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year i donate my skills an talents to Durga tree. I'm a DJ that play at the yearly gala as well as at least one other event. My wife and i donate regularly as well. Having a positive impact on the lives of the woman that are helped by Durga tree makes us feel tremendous. We intend to continue to support Durga Tree and will continue to offer our skills, talents and financial every year for many years to come.WE LOVE BETH AND TIM TIGER!!!!

1 LisaClifford

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the 5 young years this organization has created hope and a future for the young women they have brought renewed faith and life. Their awareness globally for sustainability and fair trade has expanded many. Their work is tireless and endless and met with freshness and newness in all endeavors. The work is astounding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International is on a forever quest for the next step for the survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. They continue to build awareness and raise much needed funds for the ongoing projects it supports. I am empowered when I participate with this organization and they are consistently on the path to eradicate this plague. I am always grateful to be in service to these children who can't speak for themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a supporter of Durga Tree International.
I would love to share just one recent example of why I have, and will continue to fiercely align myself with this life changing organization. In June of this year, Beth Tiger, Founder and Executive Director, informed me that due to the recent efforts of all the Durga Tree supporters, she was able to take one girl from the waiting list to be enrolled in one of the Durga Tree shelter programs in Thailand for the year. Beth sent me a photograph and shared some information about our 15 yr old “adopted daughter” Nana. She said she wanted to share her gratitude with each supporter because in Beth’s words - we are all Nana’s parents for this year.

Beth went on to tell me that Nana is from a large family. Her parents are laborers from Chiang Rai. They are very poor and move around a lot. So when Nana hit puberty she became very At-Risk. If we hadn’t moved her into this home, she would probably be trapped in the Bangkok slavery market right now. Thankfully, because of Durga Tree, instead Nana is now sheltered, receiving secondary education, receiving ESL, she is fed, she’s clothed and she’s receiving therapeutic care.

Nana is now safe and learning to become a proud and productive human being.

It’s important to know Nana is just one example of the many girls rescued by Durga Tree and each rescue is made possible because of every single person who supports each Durga Tree campaign. This means the world to me because I know we are changing lives - empowering one human soul at a time. All thanks to the work Durga Tree is doing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of traveling with the Durga Tree International team on a service immersion trip to Thailand. I was able to personally see the impact their work is making, meet the trafficking victims being rehabilitated and whose lives have been positively improved and changed. It was incredibly rewarding to see the education, training, life skills and empowerment these young people were receiving, all as a result of Durga's work with and support of them. I am proud to be aligned with this non-profit and extremely admirable of the work they are doing to improve the lives of so many across the globe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International is a pleasure to volunteer for, not only because they are a driving force behind abolition, but because they are incredibly transparent when it comes to where they donor dollars go. They also are incredibly thorough at doing their homework around their partner organizations that receive money for their programs from DTI. Integrity is extremely important to Durga Tree international.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to volunteer for Durga Tree Int'l since its inception. As a volunteer, it have always been treated as a valued member of Durga Tree and have had nothing but outstanding experiences with the team. Each member, whether they are staff or volunteers, works seamlessly with the others to insure that Durga Tree's mission and commitments are honored. I have never worked with a more competent team of people that are full of integrity and perseverance. They truly are Love in Action!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga is an amazing organization because is truly committed to stop modern slavery throughout the planet, and here in the USA. It’s implementing programs that would give the victims tools to create a future for themselves so they can thrive. Also, Durga is inspiring young people to be part of the solution.

2 tiger1234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with and volunteering for Durga Tree has really opened my eyes to the terrible epidemic of human trafficking in the US and all around the world. Traveling to Guatemala on the Service Immersion made it real for me as I saw young girls who Durga Tree supports. These girls who were 10, 11, 12 years old who were sexually trafficked and some who resulted in pregnancies care for small babies while they themselves just wanted to play and have fun was heartbreaking. I couldn't imagine the turmoil they had been through, meanwhile they were so happy to be in the shelter despite what they have gone through. It really humbles you to see what is really going on outside your bubble. The fundraising efforts Durga Tree makes is amazing and to be able to support those that truly need it will be something I will always support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just recently started to volunteer with Durga Tree International and am excited to help out such a great cause. I am the daughter of Tim Tiger and also his and Beth Tiger's Executive Assistant and I think this is a great foundation to help with human trafficking. I had attended the Masquerade Ball in November 2013 and thought it was a beautiful event with all the speeches from the different team members and the different donations that some had made for auction. You can tell everyone was very excited to help out and donate to the cause. I am excited for this years ball as well! I look forward to getting more involved in this foundation and helping out as much as I can.

Samantha Tiger

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga Tree is an incredible organization that I am so blessed and honored to be a part of. Their international work towards the eradication of human slavery is an admirable example of building a safe and empowered worldwide community through advocating for personal efforts in conscious consumerism and safety, as well as collaborating with other organizations around the globe.

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3 Beth115

Board Member

Rating: 5

The past year has been a year of wonderful transition and international growth for Durga.
We completed our Travel Safety Tool Kit and will be offering at no cost digitally to any student who travels abroad.
9 young women graduated from our Thai Bloom program and are making jewelry for their own businesses as well as a local NGO. We are now sponsoring additional at risk young women in Thailand.
Our conscious shopping guide and presentation has given over a 1000 consumers tools to make fair trade purchases and reduce their personal slavery imprint.
I have travelled to Asia and done oversight for our organization as well as several places around the globe educating people about modern slavery and what they can do to reduce the growth of this epidemic.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be on the board for this incredible organization. The Durga Tree community has awakened my desire to be an active participant in changing the world. It is exciting to see how much we have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time and what we have planned for this year.
I am also in awe of all the courageous survivors we serve every day. When I need a reminder of my blessings all I have to do is think about the smiles on the faces of those who have suffered so much but hope for a better tomorrow.
Durga Tree International offers that hope and I am humbled to be a small part of that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a youth ambassador and traveling to Guatemala with Durga Tree two years in a row, I have learned and experienced so much and have firsthand watched Durga transform the lives of many. The passion of Durga's team members is unparalelled and is clearly reflected in their work. They continue to spread awareness about and fight against the very prominent issue in this world that is human trafficking, and I am constantly inspired by their call to action!

3 Jen K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have been introduced to Durga Tree by my friensm Eileen Geraghty, Durga's Community Development Director. Though her I met Durga’s founder, Beth Tiger, who is so inspiring, strong, and passionate about making women’s lives better around the world. Last year, Eileen invited me to join her at her table for a Durga fundraising dinner. I had such a great time meeting the eclectic group of dynamic women who were at the table and the event. My favorite part of the evening was that the conversations we had were so authentic. There was no talk of hair, weight, clothing, or any of the other things that can make us feel less than enough. Instead, we spoke about real ways that we can help women around the world who are suffering. I could feel the power in the room! Last February, my business partner and I had the opportunity to host another fundraiser for Durga Tree called Evening with the Angels at Body Positive Works, our integrative wellness center in Saddle River, NJ. It was such a special evening and again we met so many people who are dedicated to making this world a better place. Durga is such a special organization that is doing great things with so much love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of this charity which is making sustainable change in the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have know the energized folks at Durga for several years now and they are true blue. I have attended fundraisers, joined in on movie showings, and actually called Durga directly to report a suspect moment. They immediately referred me to the correct people and I was able to report a possible crime.
I find the entire staff responsible and some of the most honest and ethical people I know. I highly recommend everyone joining in their cause and/or calling them for advice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in numerous capacities with Durga Tree since its inception. As a donator, volunteer and former board member I can tell you the level of dedication to their mission is unparalleled and the integrity and transparency they operate with, incredible. The work they are doing is making a huge impact on lives across the entire globe and it's honor to witness and be a small part of.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International continues to make tremendous strides against human trafficking through its authentic collaboration with partner organizations. This is a unique approach to this epidemic yet critical in the creation of a global movement to eradicate slavery once and for all. Durga attracts passionate volunteers who dedicate themselves to both raising awareness and funds for our programs and have a very small part-time staff in order to preserve funds to sustain those programs. I am privileged to work growing our community of abolitionists. As a lifelong activist, it is an honor to work within an organization that provides hope to those we serve by creating educational and economic opportunities to protect them from re-exploitation. I continue to be challenged and inspired by Durga as we work to turn survivors into thrivers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be involved with Durga Tree Internatiomal. Although my affiliation with this non-profit is less than one year, I am inspired by the drive, determination and dedication of the leadership. Their vision is beyond anything I have ever encountered in my many years of non-profit work. I am fully committed to our collaborative efforts to eradicate slavery in our lifetime.

4 Jess21

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is my passion to help others, through education and empowerment - Durga Tree provides the perfect way to do this, while allowing full transparency about where your donation dollars go. This organization is 95% volunteer base and even the people who are "employed" are part-time at minimum pay, to ensure that almost every dollar donated goes directly to those at-risk who need it most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is very dedicated to the work they do - after talking with Beth and Jess, you can tell that they are invested in helping others. They are always great at sharing the progress made with the donations they receive, through their website and social media, as well as the newsletters emailed out every quarter. It is exciting to see how far my $10 a month can go, and also to be kept updated on the opportunities to help out that they are sure to offer. No effort or donation is too small to make a huge impact!

2 Meredith L.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an exceptional nonprofit that has a big heart and a big call to action. It is so wonderful to see a nonprofit that has a long lasting impact and fosters a wonderful community. I could not recommend being part of this community more! They have an annual walk-a-thon that one can join from anywhere to support their work in combatting global crises such as trafficking and modern day slavery. And in addition, they have an annual Gala that cultivates a generous community that is passionate about giving back and also celebrating the work they do that helps hundreds of persons in need throughout the world. The co-founders Beth, Tim and Jess are such wonderful leaders with big hearts who are the definition of love & action.