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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video

Mission: The mission of Little Pearls and its “tiny films” is to transform the world we all share, awakening authentic connection and compassionate action on behalf of humanity and all living beings.

Target demographics: viewers worldwide via our "tiny films" that open hearts & minds

Geographic areas served: the Asheville, NC area

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Pearls, based in Weaverville, N.C., is a gentle, encouraging voice at a time when many are despondent and feeling overwhelmed by divisiveness and the challenges of our time. It produces beautiful, short films - somewhat like public service announcements - dealing with timely issues, such as the aftermath of 9/11, families with disabilities, wildlife rehabilitation, our relationships with dogs, the hopefulness of new life. Little Pearls has been a labor of love of a few highly dedicated volunteers who know that a hopeful, positive message can change someones day.

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a genuine grassroots labor of love, providing touching and timely small films that inform, inspire and prompt people to think more compassionately about one another, creatures and the environment. The films are conceived, produced and shared on a shoestring budget and are remarkably beautiful.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heartfelt short stories in video form that provide hope and warm fuzzies. Highly recommended.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is amazing! They are truly uplifting. Their short but beautiful videos are gems.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls offers us hope and joy - especially needed in these tumultuous times. The tender stories are so important to help us remember that we are not alone, we are strong, and that little miracles are happening around us all the time. I feel like Little Pearls helps us all open our eyes a little wider and our hearts a little bigger.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just great work. Films to show the great value in being a part of those who face great challenge with such grace and bravery. What an inspiration.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls gently invites us to look at important matters in our world in an easy-to-understand way, to help is make the world (and ourselves) at least a little better.

1 Craig M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was drawn to Little Pearls as a pathway to deal with grief. It became an outlet connected with other people dealing with grief and lost and homecomings and being found. Dogs reconnected with owners brought a flood of tears. A short little video was a powerful metaphor for contemporary issues.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i LOVE Little Pearls, they're a positive force in what can often be a negative world!

1 Bill W.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In these divisive times, there has never been a greater need for the work of Little pearls. Their work unites us.

As a 40-year media veteran and organizer of Media that Matters conferences, I've experienced Linda's dedication to produce heartfelt stories that bring us together in ways that we so badly need today.

This is truly media that matters, and we need more of it.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The stories shared in Little Pearls are overflowing with heart. A few moments with one of these is like a vacation for the soul - a respite from the often harsh realities of our time. Thanks for these gems.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The aptly-named Little Pearls shares pearls of wisdom, or a special story, or a lovely slice of life, through short and inspirational videos. Little Pearls was before its time in social media, and continues to produce these lovely tiny films. I remember when I was first captured by these online stories. Later, when I moved to a small town in North Carolina, I was delighted to learn that one of the Little Pearls creators was a neighbor. This winter, curl up on the couch and take the time to crack your oyster to view some of these beautifully-crafted short videos!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sweet, uplifting stories that the world could use more of. Keep spreading the love, Linda!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you “Little Pearls” When one of those pesky irritants of life slips in, I can think of a “tiny film.” A film can tune me in to positive possibilities. Focus me on the abundance and joy of being fully alive. Here…Now An irritant becomes something beautiful! Instead of feeling irritated, I can live my life in Eternity/Kingdom/Paradise/Nirvana/Utopia, as a child (or Pooh). Oh Yeah!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been so touching to be connected to little pearls! Such amazing and touching films and I am so fortunate to have come across them!
Beth Marchitelli < DVM 4 Paws Farewell

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about "Little Pearls" shortly after I moved to Asheville several years ago. In all my many moves around the country, I'd never encountered any project like it. Little Pearls is (are?) a real gift to all of us, and I feel very fortunate to live in a community where these stories flourish!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a gem for highlighting the simple things in life that we all need to stop and cherish . Linda and her team work so hard and make these brief glimpses into the lives of remarkable beings seem effortless. Beauty at its best!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen many of "the Pearls" for 8-10 years? From Amanda's story, to Dog Pearls, to the stories of ordinary but extraordinary people. They are beautifully and sensitively told showing us the miracles in everyday life. My heart is always lifted when I see them. What an amazing woman Linda McLean is!
Sally Carter

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls remind me of the beauty, innocence, and joy at the heart of life. I so enjoy the uplifting spirit within these positive messages.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit visually encourages, enriches, and inspires. In watching these everyday stories, I am encouraged to look for them in my community and honor them. The composition, filming and musical scoring is wonderful!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Linda's "Little Pearls" shine light in this sometimes gloomy world. Her sweet films are an inspiration to me to continue to look for and find the goodness everywhere.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls gives an invaluable gift to everyone it touches at a time when our world needs exactly this...hope, compassion, joy and love.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls are beautiful, short creations full of hope and love that provide light in the darkness of this world. It is such a wonderful organization to support!

1 Donna G.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tiny, world-changing gems of the cinematographic art. Thank you for putting them into our world!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Short, sweet, touching, uplifting, inspiring. Little Pearls creates a string of beautiful videos that radiate with warmth and hope. Thank you, for all you do Little Pearls! Your organization is clearly run with love and passion.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls has HUGE heart! This is the beauty of filmmaking, the internet, and world-wide connections... getting these rich short films out into the world and spreading them around!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With all negativity in the world, it's nice to have a place dedicated to showing a more positive viewpoint. Videos are always a source of good, uplifting news, people and events. Love it!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really uplifting message! Always a pleasure to watch :)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of little pearls because it reaches out and inspires others to give of themselves to help others. This is truly the gift that humanity so badly needs.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is truly a GEM! The stories touch my very heart and soul, often bringing me to tears! I watch them over and over, finding JOY everytime! Though some appear to be sad on the surface, the lesson behind them is AMAZING! We are all united and share this beautiful world. We often forget that it is our responsibility to care for ALL living things and to cherish the time we have here! I look forward to many more beautiful and heartwarming stories!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a wonderful organization whose films bring a lot of hope, inspiration and joy to people. Each film shows a compelling and beautiful insight into the common threads that bind us all on this planet.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Little Pearl films are very professionally done . They show great creativity and sincerity. I find them inspiring and heartwarming and they always bring a smile to my face. Eddie Gaines, Statesville, NC

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a uniquely compelling, heart-touching and heart-warming organization that is dedicated to producing "mini-media" moments that go right to the core of the true spirit of our human-ness. The name ("Little Pearls") is entirely fitting; indeed, Little Pearls are gems of insight that touch upon and express "heart zingers" that bind us all, and in the process, connect us to our common spirit that animates our lives.

There is nothing quite like "Little Pearls", and nothing that touches our souls in such a simple, direct, and touching manner. Wonderful, and beautiful!
-Bob Lantis

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls has help me get through many days of being lonely and feeling sorry for myself since losing my husband of 42 years. The founder is a caring person who can lighten a persons
spirit just by watching these short films . I hope more people can enjoy the work of Little Pearls and have a better day and help others.
L.Lee

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a brilliant non-profit that produces brief little messages from the heart that touch your soul. These little gems are a reflection of the executive director and co-founder, a woman of both intelligence and deep compassion who understands that the world needs these little films. I wholeheartedly agree.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls affect me on many levels. They affect me emotionally, as they bring to light the beauty that surrounds us but is often otherwise overlooked. They also affect me physically, as I literally exhale as I watch the beautiful videos and can feel the tension in my body lessen as I'm reminded of the beauty.

Little Pearls make you stop, smile, and take notice of our world.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is waking us up to the preciousness of life. Thank you, Linda McLean and Little Pearls, for opening our hearts to love and compassion while opening our eyes to the extraordinary wonder of ordinary moments.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls delivers positive messages of hope, love, and joy in 30-60 seconds. These short videos help to make our would a more compassionate place. Watch them and the emotion and drive to help others will take over. Lots of impact with little screen time!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an attorney, sitting at my desk bombarded by information and words, endless words, what a pleasure to find a Little Pearl of pure emotion. If we each took an occasional break to view one of Little Pearls’ short films, it would be a marvelous reminder of the power of images, and that witnessing the love of an animal, strength in the face of hardship or the kindness of a stranger, can bring us a bit closer together in a conflict driven world. I personally know the principals in this project, and the compassion, love and selflessness they exude as individuals is reflected in their work. The energy and time spent on Little Pearls films is an act of love with a large reward for the viewers.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's such a simple concept: little films making a big difference. Little Pearls is way ahead of their time in making great content that is short enough to make you just click "play" immediately. The content is beautiful and inspiring-- this non-for-profit needs to be known!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little pearls is a great organization. They were very accommodating to my son and his needs. I enjoyed working with them and look forward to doing more in the future.

1 Jana K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls makes beautiful, inspiring, moving films that highlight the good in our world. And that's something we all could use a little more of, is it not?

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls content will stand the test of time. Never will love, commitment, inspiration, and courage go out of fashion.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a busy mom, I rarely have time for watching videos, but Little Pearls is the the perfect midday snack to nourish my heart and remind me of the good in life. I love indulging on a whole string of pearls when I can! :)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All I can say is WOW!


Thank you Little Pearls for inspiring me and reminding me of all the good there is in the world!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough positive things about Little Pearls! I've enjoyed watching their films so much, and appreciate what Little Pearls has done to put a smile on my face and in my heart. Little Pearls has a way of capturing a lot of feeling in a short amount of time. I've truly enjoyed their films!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is amazing! These videos breathe life into a medium that is digestible, practical, and shareable. It reminds me that we don't need millions of dollars to say something important. These films matter, and they open up a conversation. Little Pearls can change the world, I know it!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm not much of a jewelry gal, so I'm not quite sure if a pearl is technically a gem. But I do know that Little Pearls are absolute gems that go straight to the heart. These short films cover universal topics that are important to our world and its people. My son doesn't get much screen time, but he has seen all of these. There is such a positive, uplifting, heartfelt message in them all.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls has created a dialogue with my patient base that is very respected and loved for their spirited presentation of "all that we are possible of." Folks really need to see graphic examples of possibility. DVD's of Little Pearls have been so very well appreciated !
To be called forward in ourselves to contribute and be part of something larger than ourselves is truly a gift. Little Pearls over and again displays the spirit of calling that forward, that which we most deeply wish for our grandchildren. Thank You !!

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have experienced the healing power that Little Pearls has facilitated in our community regarding widely varying circumstances of challenge, pain and the possibility to transform such into a positive outcome. For example,they have produced a simply beautiful "Pearl" concerning Amanda Levesque, a young woman with serious physical handicaps yet great spirited determination to live her dreams. Such a great and inspiring example to put forth publicly in these days of mullt-faceted challenge. This story is of particular power for me because Amanda's Mother is a dear friend of ours and the "Pearl" is so empowering to Amanda and her family. Thank You !!

1 Carmen13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can always count on Little Pearls for a warm pick-me-up. The subjects are inspirational, and the photography is beautiful. Keep up the excellent work!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been continually impressed with the films from Little Pearls. They are impactful, powerful, and poignant. Each "little pearl" contains a universal message with such elegant visuals. I wish everyone had an opportunity to see these magnificent creations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working for a small record label for 12 years, and have seen our artist's music used for a variety of projects. The "Little Pearl" that featured our artist's recording in the background is the most inspiring gem of a short film that I've ever seen, and their other works are all heart-warming and thought-provoking. I highly recommend Little Pearls' work.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been licensing music by recording artist great and small to not for profit, community and charity projects for 23 years. The Little Pearls films are among the most heartfelt, effective and creatively satisfying out there. I would have no hesitation recommending their work to any of my artist clients.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been enjoying Little Pearls for years and especially enjoy turning people on to this work. It is so wonderful to find media shining a spotlight on what is BEAUTIFUL in the world - and as much REAL as the horrors we typically see in the media. I feel it is vital to keep our focus on the light so we don't give up in despair.

1 Gail45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Linda puts her heart and soul into Little Pearls and it shows!!

1 Shane P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been intimately involved with Little Pearls since it's inception. These short media pieces help to create understanding, empathy, and love for the many blessings we experience in our lives.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

In a world where bad news seems to be increasing exponentially Lil Pearls reveals the truth. And the truth is that not only is the world a good place, it is actually getting better. Bless these folks and the driving force behind this non-profit, the wonderful Linda McLean!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

getting to the escence of issues, bringing a beautiful glass to help us see tiny significant moments, setting intention to keep it short and powerful....Little Pearls has excelled at these goals time and again. I look forward to many more topics undertaken by this non-profit.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to witness Linda, head and heart of Little Pearls in action. This woman has so much love and wisdom to give. It is beautiful to watch how many lives Linda touches in such a positive way. I had the gift of being able to help with the filming of one of the Pearls and everyone went above and beyond the call for such a great cause. It is rare to have the ability to capture such wisdom and heart in short films, I believe this is what Linda came to do. In our fast past world, we need uplifting media and Little Pearls is an apt name for these tiny films.

1 Annie28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls are delightful and inspirational. I often go back and revisit Little Pearls when I need a boost to my spirits or a reminder of what is important in life.

1 spaceholder

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is one of the most heart-opening and effective nonprofits in our area. LOVE Little Pearls!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls has enlightened and inspired our community through positive tiny films. I have volunteered for several Little Pearls events. This non-profit is vital to our community for its positive pearls of wisdom and hope.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Little Pearls, "tiny films that open hearts and minds" is a non-profit that is close to my heart. It is so vital when the media is full of negitivity, fear and hate to have films that inspire authentic connection and compassion and for all living beings.

In the spring of 2011, I met with Linda McLean, Executive and Creative Director of the non-profit, Little Pearls. I resonated with Linda’s strong interest in using media as a consciousness-raising tool. I began a volunteer internship with Little Pearls in the summer of 2011 and was invited to serve on their Board of Directors in 2012.

Doing volunteer work with Little Pearls, I was able to visit several local recording and editing studios as Linda produced and directed several Dog Pearls. The Dog Pearls celebrate the wisdom and love of dogs. These beautiful Dog Pearls guide us through various life experiences such as joy, grief, love and loss. Little Pearls are usually only 30-60 seconds in length. The volunteer experience with Little Pearls helped me realize the power of a short film to connect, inspire and transform. Linda McLean continues to be a great friend and mentor. I am inspired with the compassionate intention and skill that goes into each short film.


Each film made by Little Pearls is a tiny gem that lovingly plants a seed of hope and change. Little Pearls skillfully explores universal themes that remind us of what truly matters and how we are all connected.

Most Little Pearls are only 30-60 seconds which are perfect for this fast paced world and easily shared on facebook and other social media.

Donna Ensor, Candler NC

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work of Little Pearls touches the heart and soul of many. They are inspiring little films that cover the range of joy, sadness, world disasters, important people to know about and dogs to admire and are for all ages. They convey many messages and can help people though difficult times as well as share lessons of compassion. I have watched them many, many times and am always moved through many emotions which often lead to tears of many kinds.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Every month our restaurant raises money for a local non profit. For the last several years Little Pearls has been a focus of one of our drives. It is run by great people who do remarkable work impacting people with short inspirational films. I highly recommend them