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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

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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

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have literally known one of the leaders of Big Tree International since the moment he was born. I have followed his life and always noted his impeccable integrity and honesty.
My husband and I choose to give to Big Tree International due to the integrity of the leadership as well as their vision to help the orphans and the churches around the world.
Their accounting is impeccable, both in terms of donations but also of their honesty in their service and in their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

Bit Tree International is a great organization that I gladly support on a monthly basis. Knowing the heart of the people leading BIT I know that they are making a big difference where they are working. Their hard labor has always been fruitful and it has been a great joy to hear the stories that have been told because of their great service of the people in China.

Garth Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The thing I like most about BTI is the open and transparent character of the people within the organization, they are givers who diligently seek to do as much good as possible with limited resources.
They are truly making a difference in China.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is one of the best organizations I have ever come in contact with. Matt and Hallie are phenomenal people with huge hearts and outstanding work helping orphans through their many outreaches. I am proud to call them friends and their work has grown far beyond their original goals. Easy to give, exceptionally transparent, so you know exactly where you money is going when you give to this amazing cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

What a work to do work with children, in China. This is a great organization to be part of! They are able to speak with scared, and hurting women who are getting ready to abort their babies, so the babies can have a chance to live. They also work with orphanages, and other organizations to facilitate a healthy woman, and foster loving families in China. The Zieberts don't just do this work, it's their passion. They don't just administrate, they actually live in China to be hands-on. How many other charitable non-profits do you know of where they actually live there!?!?
Know that when you get involved with this organization, it is for a wonderful cause, and your dollars are used wisely. I am proud to be part of your work. Keep up the good work Big Tree International!