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Big Tree International

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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since learning about Big Tree International I have been amazed as the good they are doing as they help orphans and churches in China and around the world. They are first-rate people helping those they can reach. I appreciate their sincere motives and honesty in doing business. We are so glad they are there - and making a difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International does a great job helping families in China. They are honest and transparent in reporting and using funds and we especially appreciate the ease of donating and the office staff's willingness to answer any of our questions.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Personable and unique, Matt and Hallie Ziebart are doing a great work. Their tireless efforts bring unwanted children together with families that will love them and care for them as their own. As all true leaders do, they lead by example with their son, JZ.

Donor

Rating: 4

Big Tree International is helping so many people with their work in China. Their staff has made the process of supporting and staying in tune with what is going on easy and efficient. It is really exciting to see all the lives they are touching through their efforts and I can't wait to see what the future holds for them over the next few years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Tree International exudes the joy of a deep commitment to life in all its aspects. From a clearly stated purpose through energetically dedicated effort to delightfully personal communication it's a treat to keep up with their service.

Nathan15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been wonderful to see the great work that Big Tree International is doing. They really do have a big heart to help those in need!

2 Karen295

Donor

Rating: 5

The organization (Big Tree International),They are very professional and efficient in their replies and communication to let us know where they are in the work. Matt is such a hard worker and very professional. He is one of the most honest men I know. I totally support their cause and I hope that the China people see how much good they are doing for children.

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International exhibits wisdom and excellent organization that assists the quality of family lifestyle in churches around the world.
The organization has an efficient office personal assisting orphans and families with warm , personal professional advise.

Seruggs

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been so blessed to be apart of the Big Tree family. It has been so enlightening to see the work they are doing for the furtherance of the Kingdom. This team of people has a huge heart for what they are doing and passionate about their cause for the unheard voices. We hope to be a voice for them now and encourage the acknowledgement of all their efforts and hours of giving to those who need it most.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Big Tree International does phenomenal work with children and families in China. The organization's leadership is marked by integrity and honest transparency. Their passion for orphans is obvious and very personal in nature. Their communications are engaging and you feel you are a part of their ministry family. This is an overall excellent non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience is mainly with the people that run Big Tree International, and I can honestly say, they're some of the nicest and giving people I've ever met. I'm not sure of their plans for BTI, however with them in charge, there is no doubt in my mind that they're going to help this world. The work they do with orphans and the like is no doubt something we need more of on this planet. Thanks Matt and the others at BTI for all you do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is a fantastic organization. The team members on staff have a great heart for the work they do. They intelligently use their resources to make a huge impact in the lives of children.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity. The work they do for children is outstanding. The love and dedication they put into their work far exceeds any expectations that others would do on a daily basis. Keep up the great work

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is an excellent organization. Their role in serving China and in helping families and orphans around the world is well defined and is done with passion and long-term commitment. It has been our joy to be able to be a small part of what BTI is doing by contributing to this organization. We have found their transparency and accountably to be, second to none.

Donor

Rating: 5

Big Tree International has been a great organization. We have really enjoyed being involved in what they are doing. We love the involvement we can have with them, its easy to donate, and we love the ornaments at christmas time! They make it fun to support a good cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Great care for families. Very organized. Trustworthy with your time and finances. I recommend a donation to Big Tree International if you haven't already

2 Melody F.

Donor

Rating: 5

The folks at Big Tree International are passionate about helping orphans and abandoned children. More than that, they also help families keep their children who otherwise might not be able to. I think that is an outstanding mission! Donation is easy and I never worry that the money I give is being wasted. As a matter of fact, I am in awe that they have managed to do so much with the budget they have! I am proud to support the work of Big Tree International.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is apparent that the leaders of this organization live their passion everyday by devoting their lives to helping other people and putting others first. As a donor I'm confident that my funds are going to a great cause and are being used responsibly and ethically. The donation process was seamless and I look forward to supporting them more. I can't wait to hear what amazing things BTI will accomplish in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BTI are an outstanding group. They help fill a very real need and do so with integrity and excellence. Highly Recommended.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have know Matt and Hallie (founders of Big Tree International) for quite some time now. From day one I knew there was something different about this family. There was a wisdom for overseas community transformation work that I haven't seen before. There was a commitment that went deeper than just the top level of excitement you hear from many young travelers who are going into the non for profit world. There was also a consistency in their lifestyle and commitment to Jesus that has rarely been duplicated by any others and hasn't waned in them either. There is a call on this family that cannot be denied. Just like in parenting, your kids resemble the parents and in business the business looks like the owner. In the same way there is no doubt that Big Tree international is a top notch non for profit because it resembles the Ziebart family. Your money is wisely invested when you give to Big Tree International and I don't take that lightly.

- Mike Rankin