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LITTLE PEARLS
January 31, 2011

I got involved with Little Pearls after meeting its Executive Director, Linda McLean, during another project, Linda McCartney's USA Garland Appeal. We worked closely on the media display material I provided and art auction.



She then invited me to see one of their films, "Dr. Willie". I became a donor and Little Pearls allowed me to "adopt" the film for a year.



I was hooked. I had to see all of the rest of them. The film, "After the Storm" about Hurricane Katrina is a powerful statement regarding social justice. All of them have unique viewpoints.



When the Executive Director (ED) asked me to come to a focus group, I signed on. For the last two years I lived in Asheville, I gave thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours of time and advice. Even though I left 4 years ago, I am still in touch and give my advice on board governance, development, social media and other matters.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Everyone who sees these tiny films that move hearts and minds is deeply moved. They are filmed through the lens of humor, grace, respect, integrity and love. They feature real local people and animals sharing real stories.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I only wish their board was strong enough to engage their own and the global community to partner with others to become more sustainable.

MY ROLE:
Advisor & I helped draft and guide the Executive Director develop a corporate donor strategy; guiding the board through marketing and integration of the strategy. From time to time I helped the ED with board governance & development and the importance of leveraging.