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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
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!
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.
I am honored to be a part of this charity which is making sustainable change in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The work of Durga Tree International is so inspiring. The lives that have been touched and changed for the better will span many generations. Donating to this cause is truly a gift that will keep on giving!
So excited for another year of commitment to help our nonprofit to grow even more , we know how important is this work we need make a change now !
Feel proud to be part of this movement.
I am going back to Guatemala for the second time , the work of Durga Tree there it is outstanding much more that you ever think !
We bring love ,joy ,hope to this amazing little girls
I have been a supporter and a volunteer of Durga Tree since it's inception. I have seen the organization evolve in many ways, always with the focus to educate and eradicate Human Slavery. The work that Beth and Tim do is truly amazing. You can tell when you meet them that their commitment to their cause comes from their heart and it is truly wonderful work that they are doing. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization!
I am very blessed to be apart of Durga Tree Int. It has opened my eyes to a huge problem that we still face in our world today, and how close to home it has become... This is a great group of people !! The dedication and love that they pour in to making our world a better place is off the charts!!!
Durga Tree never seizes to amaze me! Always updating its donors on projects and programs and keeping us informed with current events around the globe about this epidemic. I am proud to be a part of this ever-growing organization and community. Looking forward to raising more funds in 2018 to keep these programs alive!
I have been actively involved with Durga Tree International for the past 8 months, and I am forever changed in the most positive, heartfelt way. From the devoted co-founders, incredible board members, and all of the amazing volunteers, DTI embraces the art of collaboration and truly understands the wide, multi-layer scope of humam trafficking across the globe and what it will take to dissolve it.
Durga Tree International, Inc. is a remarkable organization, tackling one of the worlds most intractable problems. The leadership is passionate, engaged and transparent and the impact of the programs is a result. DTI is committed to the folks they serve and the staff and volunteers who work throughout the organization. This level of engagement keeps energy levels high, a key factor when you're working with such a tough issue. DTI does a great job!
It is an honor to be the Executive Director of a non profit that not only cares for every person we serve but our volunteer/donor community. We see both as an intrinsic part of one whole. Our motto is love must act & this small mighty community does everyday. Looking forward to another year of incredible work helping to rid the world of Human Trafficking and suffering.
I am proud, to know and support this amazing organization, Durga Tree International. The excel at raising awareness of this horrific thing called "modern slavery" and "human trafficking" but further their execution of on-the-ground grass roots initiatives are outstanding. This nonprofit does what it takes to honor their mission.
Durga Tree International has opened my eyes to so many things that are happening around me, most of which I was not aware of. Everyone involved in Durga Tree is honestly there to make a difference, we all chose to make a difference. We want everyone to have the freedom of choice in this world as well. Human trafficking has become slightly more prominent in the media and politics, but not enough. Durga Tree International is trying to change that, we want to educate, help, and maintain everyone on this topic.
My experience with Durga Tree International has been nothing less than amazing. Everyone has the same passion and drive to eradicate this terrible situation. Durga Tree puts all its efforts in to helping in as many ways possible by education, fundraising, and immersion trips to get the full experience. I am truly honored to have come across this group of people, and to be able to help support this cause.
Being so involved with this organization not only opens your eyes to the reality of human trafficking all around the world but what you can do in everyday life to help change it. This organization really works hard to encourage these survivors to thrive. With the start of their Bloom Program in several locations they will be doing even more of a service to these young women and children to help establish a skill to be able to provide for themselves and their families, rather than be trafficked again because of money. I am so proud to be able to work along side everyone at Durga Tree and make such an impact!
P.S. - Their events are always so much fun!
I am so proud to be apart of such a wonderful nonprofit. Durga Tree International Inc is such an inspiration. Bringing awareness and educating those who don't realize just how prominent human trafficking is in the black market. As an employee in the airlines industry, I know I am surrounded by this daily. I have never felt so connected to a nonprofit before. Durga's mission is the driving factor to help fight to end modern day slavery!
DurgaTree International is such a wonderful organization! I am so honored to have recently joined as a volunteer. The people I have met have been such an inspiration. What this nonprofit stands for is so impressive, we all must be the change in the world! Thank you DurgaTree for giving us the great experience to be apart of this movement!!!!
Couldn't be more proud of the work that Durga Tree International is doing to help trafficking victims around the world. They are helping survivors to be thrivers and I am always more than happy to pitch in and help out.
I am very proud to be a donor and volunteer for Durga Tree International. In just over a year, the money they have raised to help eradicate human trafficking and promote the continued growth of people who have been saved from the international slave trade is beyond remarkable. The care and hard work that Beth and Tim Tiger and Jess Hoertel put into Durga is inspiring. In addition to taking part in the Walk with Ambe in May, I also attended the Gala in 2013 and will be volunteering at the Gala this year. Both events were so delightful and put together so well due to their diligence and attention to every detail. Their integrity is beyond reproach and I can't wait to help them in the months and years to come make Durga Tree an internationally known name and force against the plight of human trafficking and slavery.
I first heard about Durga Tree International shortly after they started their important work in India. Working with survivors of sex trafficking, DTI saw past the immediate need of food and shelter and crafted a motivational and inspiring program to give this incredibly young women real skills to thrive in the world. That was a creative, and much needed development in helping to end the cycle of slavery (many people will re-traffic themselves if they can't earn a living wage elsewhere!).
I was impressed with the seriousness of their work, and the deeply felt sense of personal responsibility I encountered with the team who founded the effort. I joined their international advisory board and got to know their work more deeply - every new layer revealed a thoughtful, caring, and serious approach to tackling the daunting challenge of ending modern slavery.
Today, I work with the New England Chapter of this outstanding group. I feel confident, knowing that my donations of time and money are well spent and leveraged fully to make an important difference in the world!
This is just a huge feel good nonprofit organization. Great work, great people and the opportunity to see directly the good their fundraising and volunteering does. I've been blessed to be involved in this organization on many levels (volunteering, donating and working) since its inception and it has always been a rewarding and humbling experience. My husband and I will continue to work with them as long as they will have us!
Durga Tree International is committed to raising awareness and educating the public about the epidemic of Modern Day Slavery. The staff scours the internet as well as communicates with our partners to stay on top of not only the issue but the work that's being done to help end slavery in our lifetime. They are engaged, effective and empowered to end Human Trafficking.
I am proud, humbled and honored to be able to support Durga Tree International. This nonprofit does what it takes to honor their mission.
Durga Tree International is a non-profit organization that fosters the growth and success of charities working to eradicate human trafficking. Any donation ensures that their impact will be felt on a global level, changing the lives of survivors from every corner of the planet.
I have been involved in their many philanthropic events since their inception over two years ago. Their premier gala event this past November, the black-tie Masquerade ball, was an amazing opportunity to "give back." Through the efforts of the founders, Beth and Tim Tiger and many others, well over $200,000 has been raised since its inception . I have also participated in their many other fundraising efforts. In March of 2015, I traveled to Guatemala to participate in the first Volunteer Immersion Excursion. This immersion trip gave all those, who participated, an authentic “first look” at the faces of human trafficking by visiting a shelter populated with rescued victims. Through this service immersion, I have stretched myself and grown tremendously, full able to translate my awareness into continuing the fight against trafficking. I fully applaud the efforts of all those involved in Durga Tree International. It's about "walking the talk" .... something that they do every single day. I am proud to be able to give back to this organization and to everything that it stands for.
Review from Guidestar
I am a proud supporter of Durga Tree International. Their work in spreading awareness and improving the lives of abused children is commendable and admirable. The hard work and dedication devoted by this organization is incredible. The stories shared with me of the trip to South America, were touching and heart warming. I look forward to supporting them again soon!
I had the wonderful opportunity of fundraising and participating in Durga's Annual Lacing Up for freedom walk this past May. Not only was the purpose of the walk inspiring but the fundraiser itself was well run! It was also exciting to know Durga exceeded their fundraising goal for the event! I'm delighted and blessed to be a part of this amazing organization.
Amazing work done by outstanding people. This non profit WILL CHANG THE WORLD!!!#
Durga Tree is an amazing organization with a very special mission. And, it has the most genuine, heartfelt people working towards it. Beth, Jess, and Kendra all pour their hearts into the goal of eradicating human trafficking. I was blessed to be able to attend their annual service immersion trip last spring and it truly changed my life.
Durga does work that is vitally important. They partner with groups who work to stop the crime of human trafficking. Great people, great work, great charity.
I got involved with Durga Tree because of my connection to one of the founders, Jess, and I have not regretted it since! I am proud to say I walked in their first "Lacing Up for Freedom" in 2014 and it was such a fun-filled, powerful day. The event was well planned and well attended, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much the young organization was able to raise. I have been a supporter ever since and I have come to expect the high level of transparency in everything they do. It makes me feel good to see exactly where my donations are going and know that they are making a difference.
Being a part of the Durga Tree family has been great this past year! I love seeing how everyone comes together to help each other change the world for the better!
I started volunteering for The Durga Tree International last year, and my life has been forever changed. This organization is more like a family, one that will do whatever it takes to change the lives of others. Seeing this organization change the lives of people in need gives me hope for our world.
Durga Tree is an organization worth fighting for. Their team of volunteers is inspiring and devoted to eradicating Modern Day Slavery. Looking forward to future events and watching the Durga family grow.
I have been trying to get information regarding your financial policies -- as well as your 990 form. Please post this on your website since I am interested in supporting Durga Treet, but need to do my due diligence before giving you any more money.
Durga Tree 07/14/2016
As an organization that prides ourselves on transparency and reporting, we are sorry if you have had difficulty with finding any of our information. Since our 2013 inception, we have been posting financial information onto the GuideStar.com website (a partner to this site), to supplement the information that the IRS also posts on our behalf. It takes two months, if not more, after we file our 990 with the IRS for it to appear on GuideStar. The 2015 forms are currently being processed and so are not yet available. We also post information on that site about programming, our board members, etc. Because of the amount and type of information we provide, we have actually been awarded the GuideStar Gold award for the past three years and are currently working toward the Platinum level. Anyone who wants to few our financials can visit the site, but then needs to create a free account in order to view the specifics. On the other hand, anyone who reaches out to us directly will be provided with the requested document (as stated, currently 2013 and 2014 are available). On our website, at the very bottom by our EIN number, you can find current links to both the 2014 990 form and our 301(c)3 approval letter. We appreciate all of our donors and supporters and, again, want to portray total transparency in the important work we are doing, both in the US and abroad. Hopefully this information is helpful to you and, possibly, causes you to reconsider the low rating you have given us. We want to ensure the continued support of our donors to secure the sustainable success of our programs. If you have any other questions, please reach out to us directly at info@DurgaTreeInternational.org
Durga Tree International has given me the opportunity to make a real difference in the world. It's inspiring to be surrounded by an international community that is so deeply committed, passionate and full of hope. I feel honored to be a part of this journey to freedom with Durga Tree as it continues to grow and expand the movement through its various programs and projects.
I have been donating to Durga Tree whenever I can for the past year. They are wonderful people and I feel truly blessed to feel a part of their movement.
I love volunteering with Durga Tree because they make it so easy for me to help out a cause that I feel is worth fighting for. I enjoy the events they do and love being a part of them.
I've recently been introduced to The Durga Tree, and I have already learned so much. This organization is so caring and humble. With each day that I try to visit and help, they are so thankful for everything. The Durga Tree's wish to end modern day slavery has become a vision I hope to see in the future.
I am honored to support Durga tree international against human slavery !!
Look foward to support more
Can't believe all I heard about human slavery so glad we have Durga tree international keep us aware and commited to make a change !!
Keep up the awesome work ...
Wonderful people on a mission to help those who most need it. Love being a part of this amazing group. There is no room in this world at this time in our human history for any form of slavery. Any person who considers themselves civilized is responsible to enforce personal freedom in all aspects of the term.
My dear friend is on the board and she got me involve !!
It is amazing the work they do
As Riccio salon we were very happy to support theme on ending human slavery !!!
Love it ❤️
I first was introduced to The Durga Tree International from a family friend. When I started volunteering, I didn't know much about the organization, only that it helped to end modern day slavery. After helping out and spending time around the organization, I realized that this wasn't just a group to help children out of trafficking, but this was a family who believe that every single human being deserves a fair life. Volunteering with this organization has changed my life in such a short time. The Durga Tree International gives me hope for humanity.
I worked as a summer high school intern with Durga Tree International, and it was a great experience. Everyone on the team is hard-working, determined, intelligent, and creative. The main goal of Durga Tree is to apread awareness of human trafficking and to support bigger, in-actional organizations that rescue slaves and give them housing, education, and justice. I'm proud to have worked with this fantastic organization!
The commitment to eradicate human trafficking have no equal as organization . In a little time had great result that is tangible ,
new shelter in India and break ground for a new school in Africa and much more .
Durga Tree International is a heart centered nonprofit, helping to save lives one step at a time. All of their efforts to eradicate human trafficking has been very positive. They're saving lives, and will continue to do so.
Durga tree is a culmination of great spirits for a great cause to preserve humanities greatest & most precious beings..our children
The Guatemala immersion was an amazing experience.... I am looking forward to other immersion trips with the folks from Durga Tree International. One step at a time, Durga is helping to make a difference in a child's life.
So proud to be able to say that I have worked with this organization on their major fundraisers. Their dedication and professionalism are inspiring, and it great to see how they are able to draw others into the cause. For only having been around just over two years, they have accomplished so much and are only getting bigger!
Review from Guidestar
Amazing group of people changing the way an NGO operates- it really is only through uniting and working together that we can bring an end to the epidemic that is modem day slavery.
Review from Guidestar
Volunteering and donating to Durga Tree International has been such an eye opening and fulfilling experience. I know that Durga has changed the world, from helping slavery victims first hand to bringing awareness to our self absorbed society. My family and I have participated in Durga tree's annual walk a thon for the past two years. It was a wonderful way for our family to give back to the world together! Thank you Durga Tree for all that you do!
Durga Tree International is a legitimate 501C3 non-profit who is helping to end human trafficking. I have donated and volunteered at some of the charity events they have held and feel confident that the proceeds go directly to the cause. One of Durga’s founders and Executive Administrator, Jessica Hoertel, was very willing to answer any questions I had regarding the nonprofit and proceeds. The US culture is so egocentric and materialistic that we are oblivious to how much we, with our everyday actions, impact the slave trade throughout the world. Durga Tree is helping to open our eyes as well as supporting other nonprofits that are fighting to end human trafficking. I love the fact that they are not in competition with other human trafficking non profits and are in fact big supporters of working together for a common goal.