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Big Tree International

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Donor

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be able to stand behind BTI with both my confidence AND my checkbook.
I choose to financially support BTI monthly because I am certain that they are providing critical services to those that need justice the most.

If the Ziebarts and their team were not bravely standing up for the ocean of Chinese whose human rights are being slaughtered, who would be doing so?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I deeply appreciate what this company does and represents. It aids orphans around the world in ways that change their lives for the better. The people of this organization value LIFE, and that is no small thing in this day and age.

2 John280

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big tree International is an organization that I personally endorse. Having visited with them in China I found their concern and care for families and orphans inspiring. From practical care to educational models each is geared to help.
The BTI leadership is wonderful. Their hearts are for the hurting and this I have seen first hand whether it be teaching, training or giving the goods needed in a time of lack, they are there.
It is so simple to donate and participate with Big Tree. Communication is very open and transparent, finances are managed honestly, the exhibit a level of professionalism missing in many organizations and they make helping fun.
They are a shining example of what two persons of passion can create. they are the BEST!

Melissa217

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization! BTI is full of integrity and honesty. You never have to worry about what they might be doing with finances, as they are fully transparent. The work they do among the orphans of the world is priceless. Their hearts are filled with love and compassion. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Matt and Hallie and those they serve!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Tree International is committed for the duration of their projects. Quality leadership is a strong point, along with compassion and integrity. If you want to find a nonprofit that directly helps the needs of their community, look no further, Big Tree International will not disappoint.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am extremely thankful for the organization of "Big Tree International." The work that they are doing is not an easy task, and how they serve the needs of their community is simply inspiring. In a country were orphans are easily forgotten, "Big Tree" is there to step in to be the loving arms that babies, children, and families need. Matt and Hallie are leading the way for break throughs, in many areas people never saw possible!

Jen_45

Donor

Rating: 5

Matt and Hallie are changing lives and making a huge impact in China! They are filled with love and compassion and it is a joy to know that they do all things with honesty and integrity. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My name is Pastor Richard Wheeler, www.lwfchurch.org.

I am speaking up on behalf of Matt and Hallie Ziebart missionaries to China, I would have wanted to give a 5 star rating, but because they are in a Communist country they have to be careful when sending info because their reports have to be are guard not glowing so I do not fully know the depth of the vital work they are doing. I have been to China and visited an orphenage and I can full appreciate the sacrifical ministry the Ziebart’s carry on by the grace of God.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They are doing great works in an area that needs it the most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big tree international is a great nonprofit organization. They are doing a lot of good work in China helping a lot of people in need. I always enjoy receiving newsletters and hearing about all the good they do. But they just don't care about the people they are helping but they truly care about the people who are helping them. I gave to one of there needs once and received an email thanking me the next day. I have given to a lot of different organizations before but I have never received a thank you that quick and that personnel. This is truly a great organization and I look forward to going to China and helping them one day.

2 ScottLisaPaulson

Donor

Rating: 4

We have high praise for the work of Big Tree International! As adoptive parents we value the heart and mission of BTI and their dedication to serving those in need. Keep up the great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great ministry doing important work. The leadership is candid and dedicated. They are professional, and I feel that donations are thoughtfully used.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We love BTI! We enjoy supporting this organization every year, and are glad that we get to help change the lives of children and families around the world who are in need! The work BTI does and the difference they are making in real peoples' lives is truly phenomenal. With a small office and many volunteer staff, their overhead expenses are low even though they are helping so many people.

My husband and I like that they always make their financial details available so we can see exactly what they are doing. They are committed to transparency, have an experienced board of directors, and send us clear communications/donation receipts. (Unlike some other non-profits that we have experienced.) This is an nonprofit worth supporting!