My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Big Tree International, Salem, OR, USA
The founders of BTI are passionate and diligent in their work. As they serve struggling families, foster children and orphans in China, the needs they seek to meet could easily be daunting and depressing, but BTI always communicates with hope and clarity, joyfully spreading their vision for all Chinese children to enjoy a home with loving parents. They NEVER appeal for support using guilt or pity, but because they have genuine joy in their work and believe in what they are doing, their compassion is contagious. I always show my children the update letters from Matt and Hallie, and my children were so excited when they got to meet them at a local presentation.
As an organization, BTI is mobile, agile, flexible, full of "salt of the earth" kinds of people. They welcome new visionaries and leaders onto the team, and give them great freedom *and* accountability to pursue their area of passion. BTI seems more focused on their growth in impact than financial comfort. They are resourceful and diligent in their use of funds, pushing their resources to do as much good as possible.
I am very impressed with BTI's relationships in China and their diligence to build a good reputation with individuals and with the government. They believe the highest impact for the welfare of Chinese families is equipping native families and communities. It might be easier--and less effective--to set up orphanages and foster homes run by American staff, but the BTI has something much bigger in mind: influencing a culture and a nation to take care of its children. As they put in time to build relationships in China and train Chinese foster parents and adoptive parents, they are building a legacy that, Ibelieve, will span generations.