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Pearl S. Buck International, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: Pearl S. Buck International provides opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures, builds better lives for children around the globe and promotes the legacy of our founder by preserving and interpreting her National Historic Landmark home.

Target demographics: Build a global community

Direct beneficiaries per year: 115,110 international children and families, 104,490 visitors, and 1,396 participants in our cultural education programs.

Geographic areas served: Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, China, Taiwan, United States

Programs: International humanitarian programs for children, educational and multicultural programs, and preservation and interpretation of the Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark open daily to the public.

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88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

We loving being able to help our sponsor child. Pearl S Buck International gives us a safe and trusted way to help others. Thanks

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In working for several years as the architect for the restoration of Pearl S. Buck's historic house, I was always inspired by her own story and not just by the beautiful stories that she authored. She did so much during her lifetime to serve those at risk, particularly children, who would otherwise be denied basic nutrition, health care, and education. The lovely house where she lived and worked still evokes her commitment to: 1) break down barriers and build bridges among cultures, 2) advocate for diversity and cultural awareness, and 3) take care of and equip all young people with the skills to thrive and be happy in the world. PSBI effectively continues Pearl's inspirational goals and achievements and I am honored to be among their supporters.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Pearl S. Buck house for a tour. A PSB volunteer then suggested I attend a writing workshop. That inspired me to join the Writers Guild that meets once a month. I went through orientation and became a volunteer, assisting in the Archives due to my interest in books and ephemera. Not long after a need for a person with graphics experience led to my formatting a book for publishing on Amazon's CreateSpace. Some 12 books later, our Writing Center Press is flourishing with memoirs, short stories, a poetry collection and a novel under our belts. During my time at PSBI the focus has changed from adoptions to furthering the legacy Pearl Buck through multi-cultural enrichment, training for better workplace communication, and creating forums that bring together people from all over the world. PSBI continues its outreach in several Asian countries to support schools and students' families as they further their education. The men and women who lead tours of Pearl's historic house, maintain exhibits highlighting her contributions to literature and social action around the world, lead workshops for writers, teach yearly high-school leadership classes, staff the superb gift shop and the annual craft show, put in uncounted hours supporting the legacy are all full of love and dedication to this remarkable woman's talent and contributions to mankind.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what being involved in so many aspects of our organization means to you. We appreciate you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center at her historic home at Green Hills Farm, I am constantly amazed at the rich literary tradition that is nurtured here with the Writers Guild, the Writing Workshops, our Memoir classes and next year's lineup of writing and how-to-market classes for aspiring authors and poets. Carrying on the "Writing in a Writer's House" motto, our volunteer staff strives to offer a caring and collaborative place to inspire those who wish to share their work with others.

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4 Sandra Carey C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first knew Pearl Buck because she was my mother's favorite author, so it was natural that I would read The Good Earth and, after that, many more of Ms. Buck's books. I began volunteering at Pearl Buck's home mostly as someone who loved her books and wanted to know more about her. I am so glad I did. Pearl S. Buck International has reinforced my belief that the best way to make the world a better place is to reach out to people who, at first acquaintance, seem different from me. Not just that it is important to reach out, but this organization has shown me tangible ways to do that. As a docent and someone who helps out in the gift shop, I've heard countless stories of people who were inspired and enriched by Ms. Bucks's example. They want to be a part of her legacy, to learn about other cultures, and to share their knowledge with others. In short, though this remarkable woman has been dead for nearly fifty years, she continues to be a bridge of understanding. The ideals and work of Pearl S. Buck International are, I believe, our best hope to achieve the seemingly impossible goal of peace on earth.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what Pearl S. Buck International and your involvement with us means to you. We appreciate you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pearl S. Buck International is a positive force in helping heal the wounds in the world caused by poverty and ignorance. Their tours are both informative and inspiring.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share your experience on our tours. We appreciate you!

2 Carole6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was very privileged to be in the right place at the right time, the beginning of the century and living near her home and the office of PSBI. I was enthralled with Pearl's biography and being a docent in her home. I was always ready to volunteer and was asked to do many things with and for the organization. I went on several trips with PSBI and met many people in the USA and eastern Asia that were part of PSBI and learned so much about Pearl and the world.

The staff of PSBI are terrific people. Being asked to be a member of the board was one of the greatest thrills of my life. From that experience, I saw how the staff works so hard to keep Pearl's name in front of the public, make sure her home in Dublin was always in good repair and a fabulous tour of Pearl and what she stood for and caring for impoverished children.

As I traveled to China, South Korea and Vietnam with tours run by PSBI and by accompanying staff and board members, I had the great experience of meeting many of the wonderful Asian staff and many of the children that PSBI cares for. I have seen first hand the terrific mission PSBI has done for the impoverished children in South Korea, China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand.




















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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what your involvement in Pearl S. Buck International means to you. We appreciate you and everything you do with us and for us!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being involved with PSBI for 13 years of which the past nine have been in the capacity of a board member. I have seen this organization grow and excel in the transparancy of their many projects and goals. I have had the thrill of traveling with the CEO on several trips to Asia. I have seen the work of PSBI firsthand, in schools, in orphanages, in memorial halls that were dedicated to Pearl S.Buck. I have witnessed the how successful the sponsorship program is in meeting several very successful adults who say they owe their life and success to having been a PSBI sponsored child. I am glad that the good works of PSBI are being recognized.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a docent at PSBI for 8 or 9 years, telling the story of Pearl Buck and how far ahead of her time she was. Recently, I have also been facilitating the Taking Action tour. This is a discussion tour on some of the activist topics that were important to Pearl Buck in her time and still relevant in ours. It's exciting to lead this tour since it involves the thoughts and ideas of our guests. It is different every time and endlessly interesting! Not only was Pearl Buck ahead of her time, but PSBI continues to be at the cutting edge of our time in this field!

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what volunteering as a tour docent and facilitator with Pearl S. Buck International means to you. We appreciate you!

2 mchadwick

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer/docent at Pearl S.Buck's home since 1994. The stories I hear from many of our visitors about their experiences with PSBI (Pearl S.Buck International) are truly inspiring. Pearl Buck was a woman so far ahead of her time. She was raised in China by missionary parents and early on learned first hand what it was like to discriminated against because of the color of one's skin. She spent her adult life fighting discrimination whenever and wherever she encountered it. She was an early member of the NAACP. She started international adoptions (she claimed that every child needed a family and they did not have to 'look like' their parents). I like to describe Pearl Buck as an 'equal opportunity annoyer'. She would take on the rich and powerful if she felt that justice was not being served. Pearl and Eleanor Roosevelt were soul mates and good friends. We need more Pearl Bucks in this world. The PSBI sponsorship program does so much good on a 'one to one' basis. My husband and I sponsored a boy in the Philippines until he aged out of the system.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what volunteering as a tour docent and in other regards with Pearl S. Buck International means to you. We appreciate you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember reading The Good Earth in high school in New Jersey in the early '60's.
After many years as a Navy wife, living all over the world, my husband and I settled in Bucks County, PA. As a long time volunteer as a Navy wife, I found a wonderful outlet as a docent at Pearl buck's home. My husband has served on the Board of Directors and we have sponsored a child through PSBI. It is an amazing organization that operates a world wide child care program from a building that was built on the site of Pearl Buck's tennis courts. Small space...major impact on the world. Pearl Buck was the first person to promote mixed race adoptions and she changed the world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Terrific mission of inclusion and diversity based upon the legacy of Pearl S Buck. Tours of her home are updated. Work with sponsored children is wonderful and so much more.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pearl S. Buck International provides health care, education and a better life for thousands of children through its sponsorship program, founded by its namesake in 1964 and continuing today in six Asian countries. Additionally, Pearl Buck's National Historic Landmark home in Hilltown, PA tells visitors the story of her inspiring life as an author and advocate for the human rights of people around the world. Pearl Buck's personal goal of broadening minds and softening hearts is definitely in evidence through the work of this wonderful organization!

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what Pearl S. Buck International means to you. Thank you for everything you do with us and for us. We appreciate you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to be a board member and volunteer at Pearl S. Buck International. Introducing visitors to her beautiful National Historic Landmark Home, set in bucolic Bucks County, and telling the story of her life as an author, activist and humanitarian is always a rewarding experience. Visitors are always amazed at the scope of Pearl Buck's legacy! In addition, the public programming, writing workshops, and student educational programs are relevant and well-received. There is something here for everyone, including a gorgeous gift shop!

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what Pearl S. Buck International means to you. Thank you for everything you do with us and for us. We appreciate you!

2 nlmcelwee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Pearl S. Buck International for over 11 years. I am continually impressed by the passion and commitment of those involved with the organization to continue the work begun many years ago by Pearl S. Buck.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what volunteering with Pearl S. Buck International means to you. Thank you for everything you do with us and for us. We appreciate you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to be a volunteer at Pearl S. Buck International for the last 11 years. Not only do we support and share the legacy of Pearl S. Buck, we are also part of new initiatives in the organization that share Pearl Buck’s activism and promote the idea of activism in our communities. The passion for the work of the organization is apparent in the staff and the volunteers.

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1 Jane M.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Pearl S Buck International for 18 years. I have served on the Board and have been Chair of our fundraiser called Taste of the World. What a wonderful organization!!!

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what Pearl S. Buck International means to you. Thank you for everything you do with us and for us. We appreciate you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor since 19 74. I love getting to know the kids and the funny, cheerful letters I get from them and their families. Best of all, my daughter (Amerasian) came from Vietnam in 1975. She is smart and pretty, and has a son who I adore. I am so lucky to have her in my life, and to have the chance to get to know kids from Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Pearl S Buck International is the best!

Jean Goldfine, Maine

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what child sponsorship means to you. We appreciate you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whether you are drawn to tour the Pearl S. Buck house because you are familiar with her as an author or because you like learning about historical locations, you will come away with a new understanding of the advocacies of the owner of the house...advocacies which are still current today. A real gem of a historic museum as well as a vital non-profit still carrying out Pearl S. Buck's advocacies. The property is a gardener's dream, with beautiful landscaping and vistas. The tours of the house include the recently launched advocacy-oriented one as well as the historical/life of PSB one. Take your pick and you will thoroughly enjoy either one. The docents are highly trained individuals who are clearly admirers of PSB and aligned with her causes. Top off your visit with a trip to the gift shop which features unique clothing, jewelry and decorative items. A big draw each year is also the Festival of Trees and a juried holiday craft show. Expect to spend at least two hours during your visit...but you'll actually want to linger longer. The friendly staff can suggest locations for lunch or dinner, depending on the time of your trip. Become a member and you can enjoy the grounds and tours all year long, as well as special members only events.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what Pearl S. Buck International means to you. We appreciate you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer in the gift shop and for special events. Everyone is always so friendly, pleasant, and appreciative of my time. The organization does so much to help children around the world and to help people appreciate diversity. It tries to continue Pearl Buck’s work of bridging the gap between different cultures.

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pearlsbuck 08/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what Pearl S. Buck International and your involvement with us means to you. We appreciate you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here as a retiree because I had heard about the place since my high school years. My grandmother and mother often spoke with interest about Pearl S. Buck and some of the adopted children were in my school district, so this was always a curiosity for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been a sponsor of children thru this organization as well as a volunteer docent for the house tours since the 1980s. Over the years I have seen how the lives of the children in the PSBI programs have been improved. I have seen how children, once doomed to poverty and hardship simply because of their birth circumstances, have developed bright futures and have become contributing citizens in their home countries. I have seen how PSBI itself has grown and developed programs in keeping with the vision of Pearl S. Buck. PSBI is always looking for new and innovative ways to share the ideals of Pearl S. Buck, still so current so many years after her death.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the way this organization continues Pearl Buck's legacy by making it relevant to today's world. From the Welcome Workplace initiative to the Taking Action tour, good work is being done to make the world a better place.

1 wendyam333

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved as a donor and volunteer with PSBI for decades. I've seen first hand the impact they have on children's lives both locally and abroad. Their new programs encourage cross cultural understanding, an appreciation of history, and leadership.
The grounds are beautifully maintained as tribute to Pearl S. Buck, her historic home, providing tours and events, and supporting this worthwhile organization's efforts.
I recommend visiting PSBI in person as well as contributing to their programs. Sponsoring a child is particularly rewarding.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity again this week to introduce someone to Pearl S Buck International. It is a pleasure to tell the story of Pearl Buck', her legacy, her beautiful home and National Historic Landmark, all the events and mostly all the truly inspirational work being done globally to help children and raise cultural awareness. I am proud to be a 25+ year sponsor and volunteer with this very worthwhile organization, its dedicated staff and volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here at the gift shop and enjoy meeting all the people who come to visit. I also sponsor a child in Vietnam. I am love that the volunteering I do locally has both a local and global impact

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every time I come to Pearl Buck International I learn something inspiring and want to do more. I feel so proud of the life-changing and world-changing words that were written and actions that were taken right here in the heart of Bucks County. Pearl Buck’s legacy lives on through continued programs, teaching, sponsorship opportunities and tours. We need her appreciation and love for diversity, culture, activism, education, and her generous spirit more today then ever.

2 Deborah Albus W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was most inspired by the authenticity of this house and property along with the history of Pearl Buck and the foundation. It has accomplished so much and continues towards bridging cultures, in helping young children of other countries through sponsorships. While here at home educating students through leadership programs to become tomorrows leaders.

Of course there are the tours throughout the year such as Halloween and the festival of trees.
I believe there is something for everyone children thru adults.

Go and tour shop and become part of the rich history at Pearl S. Buck.

3 Monika M.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pearl S. Buck International (PSBI) is one of the most reputable and efficient nonprofit organizations that I have had ever come across. Its uniqueness lies not only in the wonderful charitable work it is diligently engaged in (spanning from sponsoring children through financing special projects in areas of most need to offering scholarships), but also in its efforts to preserve the legacy of first American female Noble Prize winner in literature (who was also an avid activist in many areas that are still applicable in today's society, such as equality) and its tireless efforts to increase awareness and provide training in diversity and inclusion, sensitivity to which in today's world is extremely important. Personally, through PSBI, I have been sponsoring a child in the Philippines and the experience has been humbling and fulfilling on many levels for me. For just a dollar a day we can make a difference in a young human's life! Finally, I find the staff and volunteer members of this organization to be very dedicated, altruistic, and inspiring.

2 GlennPaul

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The other day, I heard the head of the Cassini Imaging Project speak about the photo that her team took from Saturn: she called it, "The Day the Earth Smiled." From Saturn, earth is a small dot in a limitless universe, and the image reminded me that -- despite the tribalism that has recently gripped politicians everywhere -- the people of earth had better hang together or we shall all hang separately (to paraphrase Ben Franklin.)

Pearl S Buck International is doing the important work of helping people to understand each other. They call it "bridging cultures," and they provide intercultural education, child sponsorships, and other programs that change lives for the better. The organization rallies around the work and thought of Pearl S Buck, the first woman to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pearl S. Buck International inspires visitors with tours of Pearl S. Buck's home in Pennsylvania, programs that encourage teens to become leaders, and a vision that inspires everyone to reach across cultures for a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. If ever we needed an organization with this mission, it is today.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pearl S Buck International as a Non Profit inspires a lot of people to value, follow and contribute to the noble cause of the founder Pearl S Buck herself. Her works and words are truly moving and relevant in the history and at all times especially among the youth who aspires to finish education against all odds like poverty. This Non Profit keeps the integrity and genuine service among the children and youth all over the world. As an educator from the Philippines, i truly admire the burning passion of each staff and board members to inspire people to guide and help the young generation achieve their dreams and have a better life and future not just for themselves but also for their families.

2 teacherperson

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting children or a group program through the Pearl S. Buck International since Christmas of 1965. You can correspond with child/children you support. You can visit the PSBI in Buck's county, Pennsylvania and tour Pearl s. Buck's home.. They have several events at the Foundation. Many of the children have American fathers but not all. The PSBI works in at least six countries. You can even take trips to your child's country with the Foundation tour leaders. It is the best group I've continued to support. They've helped many children and their families. They have very low administrative costs. Greatest organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been giving monthly support to 1-3 children since 1965 Christmas. Letters back and forth are wonderful. The few dollars each month can totally change the child's life and help the entire family! Administration fees are very low. I am now donating to general emergency area so no letters but we get emails telling how our money influenced who and how many. Wonderful organization. Only organization I've never stopped supporting! Donna Dawson, 404 West Day Street, Paullina, Iowa 51046

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pearlsbuck 08/16/2017

Thank you for your review. Thank you also for your compassionate generosity in sponsoring children through the Sponsor a Child program since 1965 ... and now donating as a Champion for Children to the vital emergency humanitarian work we do. You have made a difference. We appreciate you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pearl S. Buck International, Inc has been improving the lives of children around the globe for decades thru adoption programs and in country programs for children and families and children sponsorship programs. Their commitment to children and giving a "hand-up" that can change the lifetime of a child and possibly the life of a family for generations to come, is unparalleled. Pearl S. Buck International absolutely belongs in the Great Non-Profits category!

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Donor

Rating: 5

30 plus years ago my husband and I were trying to decide how to change our Christmas giving to each other .. we had everything we wanted and instead of trying to "just come up with a gift" for each other we wanted to do something for someone else that would really impact their life. We started researching and my husband recalled his time in the service in Korea and the terrible plight of the Amerasian children there when we came across the Pearl S. Buck Foundation as it was called then. So we decided to make sponsoring a child our Christmas gift to each other. We did that for 12 years or so and then after he died I continued as a Champion of Children and made annual donations in his memory. I still do carry on and know what a difference it has made through the years for the children recipients.

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pearlsbuck 09/28/2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and to share details of your 30 plus years of compassionate donations to children in need through Pearl S. Buck International. You and your late husband have made an enormous difference. We appreciate you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For nine years I have participated as a docent and presenter for Pearl S Buck International. I was very well trained to be a docent, giving guided tours as a volunteer for these eight years. The manual very well described the artifacts in Pearl S Buck Historic House and further help was given by having the opportunity to 'shadow' five other well qualified docents. Then the expertise of the Curator of the house was provided in a walk through. Such good preparation led me to be a happy well-prepared docent.
Book groups meet reading books written by or about Ms. Buck. A group also meets monthly to discuss the short stories Ms. Buck has written. In addition the Writing Center holds seminars to open the door for aspiring writers to pursue the art of writing.
PSBI also leads tours to Asia to see the Pearl S Buck sites in China and visits to places like the Philippines to see the work of affiliated child care agencies. The opportunity is also available to be a host family to young people from China touring the United States, sharing for a week life experiences.
I have participated in all these activities and found them to be richly rewarding. PSBI knows how to treat volunteers sharing valuable experiences with them and making available a rich cultural experience to the public. Edgar Roosa









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pearlsbuck 08/16/2017

Thank you for your detailed review, which shares several of the rich opportunities and activities of Pearl S. Buck International. Thank you also for the generous donation of your time, talents, and efforts as a volunteer. You have made a difference. We appreciate you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring two children through Pearl S. Buck International and contributing to some of its life-saving projects for many years. I have the greatest admiration for the outstanding work of Pearl S. Buck and her legacy, and I congratulate her Foundation for carrying on her ideals to perfection.

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pearlsbuck 08/10/2017

Thank you for your review ... and for your compassionate generosity in sponsoring two children through the Sponsor a Child program at Pearl S. Buck International. You have made a difference. We appreciate you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a volunteer and a supporter of Pearl S Buck International. to be able to give a child hope and a chance to better them selves measns so much to us (my husband Mark and myself).
The entire staff put their whole heart and soul in helping children get a start in life and to help achieve their dreams.
I was honored when asked to manage and be a buyer for the gift shop. The best way I can help Pearl S. Buck International is by helping make the gift shop successful.

Sandra de Porry

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pearlsbuck 08/10/2017

Thank you for your review ... and for your generous volunteer service and child sponsorship. The products you have chosen and which are so beautifully displayed in the gift shop are very popular with the visitors to the Pearl S. Buck House. You have made a difference. We appreciate you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here at Pearl S. Buck International for more than 12 years. I enjoy meeting the visitors and other volunteers who come to the gift shop and for tours. It means so much to know that I am helping to share and promote the legacy of Pearl S. Buck, a truly amazing woman.

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pearlsbuck 08/10/2017

Thank you for your review ... and for the 12 years of volunteer service you have contributed to Pearl S. Buck International. You have made a difference. We appreciate you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the PSB Foundation (now Pearl S. Buck International) since 1977. I am a tour docent, served as president of the Volunteer Association, and am an emeritus member of the Board of Directors (Secretary, for 4 years).

I receive financial reports that show positive results that my donations of time & money make a huge difference in the lives and education of the children & families PSBI supports in our Asian countries.

Pearl Buck's legacy of diversity and education continues to live through Pearl S. Buck International.

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pearlsbuck 08/10/2017

Thank you for your review ... and for the volunteer service, leadership, and donations you have contributed to Pearl S. Buck International through the years. You have made an important difference. We appreciate you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pearl Buck is an incredible organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Because of their great work, we were able to adopt our son from Russia 22 years ago. We are forever in their debt and know many other children and families are too!

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pearlsbuck 08/08/2017

Thank you for your endorsement ... and for sharing how your life and the life of your son was changed through the work of Pearl S. Buck International.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PSBI for 30 years and watched sponsor children grow into adulthood and to be productive members of society.
The organization is small and thus sponsors get personally to know staff, who while being 'employees' are really concerned and involed in the lives of the children and sponsors.

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pearlsbuck 08/08/2017

Thank you for your review ... and for sharing the story of your involvement with Pearl S. Buck International. We appreciate you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Becoming a sponsor of children through Pearl S buck opened my eyes to the wonderful children of the Philippines. This last February we traveled as a group there and we not only able to meet them, but also visited their homes and families. Today I sponsor three children and look forward to my next trip.

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pearlsbuck 08/08/2017

Thank you for your review, your touching picture, and for sharing the story of your involvement with Pearl S. Buck International as a child sponsor of multiple children. You have made a difference. We appreciate you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been sponsoring children through Pearl Buck International, Inc since 1988, one year after adopting our first child from South Korea. We believe in the mission and success and commitment of the organization to children and their families all over the world. Our part has been small but we know that Pearl Buck is making a huge difference in the lives of so many children. Thank you, Pearl Buck International!

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pearlsbuck 08/08/2017

Thank you for your endorsement ... and for sharing the story of your involvement as a child sponsor for so many years. You have made a difference. We appreciate you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity goes the extra step to allow sponsors to help their child (or children). That personal touch makes a difference to the child and sponsor. It is hugely important to me that I can go above and beyond sponsorship and provide extra help to my child, along with frequent communication.

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pearlsbuck 08/08/2017

Thank you for your endorsement ... and for sharing the story of your involvement as a child sponsor. You have made an important difference. We appreciate you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE LIVED AND WORKED IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR ELEVEN YEARS, AND AS SUCH, SAW FIRST HAND THE FABULOUS JOB PEARL BUCK WAS DOING TO HELP EDUCATE AND FURTHER SUPPORT(CLOTHING, FOOD) THE CHILDREN, MOSTLY AMERASIAN, OF THE AREA I LIVED. IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR THESE LIGHT-SKINNED CHILDREN TO LIVE A NORMAL CHILDHOOD DUE TO THEM BEING HARASSED AND ABUSED BY THEIR FELLOW PILIPINO PLAYMATES. IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF PEARL BUCK THEY WERE TREATED AS EQUALS, AND THE OTHER CHILDREN LEARNED TO ACCEPT THEM. THESE CHILDREN WOULD HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME GROWING UP HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR PEARL BUCK'S ORGANIZATION.

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pearlsbuck 08/08/2017

Thank you for your endorsement ... and for sharing this touching story of the difference Pearl S. Buck International has made in the lives of Filipino children. We appreciate you.

5 DBallai

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been closely involved with PSBI for more than a decade, and have watched this fine organization serve the needs of disadvantaged children/families abroad for many years. In 2012, I traveled to Vietnam/Cambodia with members of PSBI. During our trip, we visited several schools/orphanages, with one in particular serving handicapped children literally discarded by the people of Vietnam. As we toured the facility where the youngest infants were crammed into cribs, we saw a volunteer aid worker bandaging the hands and feet of several babies. When asked about this, the reply; "at night, large rats come in through the open windows and chew on their fleshy fingers and toes." What did PSBI do when they learned about this? They marshaled their high school leadership students who then worked in collaboration with PSBI to fund screens for the doors and windows protecting the children from further injury. This is just one small example of the myriad services PSBI provides in caring for the needs of the disadvantaged, while promoting the vision of Pearl Buck in teaching culture sensitivity to those who have. This organization deserves recognition and support in order to continue to help those in need, and I'm proud to play a very small part in their aide to others. The attached photo doesn't begin to demonstrate the standard of living of children in so many parts of the world, including those we visited in Cambodia. PSBI is making a difference.

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pearlsbuck 08/10/2017

Thank you, Dave. Your testimonial is powerful and important. We are so appreciative of you putting your experiences into words and sharing it on GreatNonprofits. We’re even more appreciative of all you have contributed and continue to contribute to Pearl S. Buck International and the needs of disadvantaged children abroad.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PSBI continues to fulfill Ms. Buck's legacy by providing support for children adopted through Welcome House (and their parents), sponsorship of children in need, and educational programs. Funding continues to be a major need. Additional stable funding sources would be beneficial.

3 Michael401

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the Pearl S Buck’s house in Pennsylvania and was struck by the passion she had for the plight of children around the world. Through her novels she gave a voice to millions of peasants in China and reminded readers of their humanity. The volunteers at the house impressed upon the visitors the importance of preserving the history and legacy of Pearl S Buck. This legacy continues through her charitable foundation, Pearl S Buck International, which helps children across Eastern Asia get access to vital services like education.

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pearlsbuck 08/08/2017

Thank you for your endorsement ... and for sharing your story of what touched you when you toured the Pearl S. Buck House and what matters to you about what Pearl S. Buck International does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited PSB estate in 2015 and was amazed by how beautiful her house is, as a writer, she has an extensive collection of first edition books! All the people I have encountered at PSB are extremely warm and kind, even though I could only volunteer remotely, they would still welcome me to as many discussions as possible. I told Janet Mintzer I grew up in Suzhou, Anhui, where PSB lived for a few years, Janet sent me a photo she took of the PSB museum in China! People who have heard of PSB probably only know her as a writer, a Pulitzer prize winner, what they don't know is that there is a philanthropic organization under her name fighting better lives for children less fortunate around the world. It is difficult to run a nonprofit and raise the awareness of its mission and vision, but I believe PSB is continuously improving and achieving its goals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer here, I find inspiration every day from the people who visit, work and volunteer here as well as from the story of Pearl Buck and the work that she did to fight injustice around the world and at home. She was a woman ahead of her time and her work continues here at Pearl S. Buck International.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have nothing but good things to say about Pearl S. Buck International. I have visited several times, and I am always impressed by the organization's dedication to the memory of Pearl S. Buck, to keeping her words and values alive. In continuing Pearl's mission of helping the underprivileged children of the world, they are truly doing their part to make this world a better and more humane place for all of us. I am sponsoring a child in a Vietnamese orphanage, and it brings me joy to see her flourish under the program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Can you go wrong by helping an organization which benefits children? The story of Pearl Buck lives on in her ongoing legacy of building bridges across oceans.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pearl S. Buck International has a long history of working to deliver education, health and welfare support to disadvantaged children in many Asian countries, while leveraging the legacy of Pearl S. Buck in teaching the values and importance of cultural diversity.

In my long affiliation with Pearl S. Buck International, I have had the opportunity to travel to several Asian countries to see first hand, the very poor living conditions and the significant impacts that the PSBI programs make there. As a child sponsor, I am humbled by the frequent letters I receive from the children I support through the PSBI sponsorship programs, and have watched over time how they have progressed and prospered.

The team at PSBI, in working to preserve the legacy of Pearl Buck, has touched thousands of lives and continues to do so on very thin budgets. The mission of PSBI continues to help to build bridges between the East and West, helping generations of children reach their dreams.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege and pleasure to be associated with the team at Pearl S. Buck International for almost 10 years now, in a variety of volunteer capacities. This organization consistently demonstrates passion, professionalism and the highest integrity in serving the needs of disadvantaged children in the US and abroad, while continuing to promote important messages related to cultural sensitivity and equality originally espoused by Pearl S. Buck. This is a very deserving organization with solid leadership and vision.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pearl S. Buck International, Inc. is a wonderful organizations that does great things to help promote tolerance worldwide, They have a museum which celebrates the life and work of Pearl Buck. They have a large contingent of dedicated volunteers. I have been to the house, gift shop, Holiday sale, and annual fundraier.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lovely setting and lovely people. Tours of the famous writer's house are an eye opener to all she did for the less privileged, and visitors learn her story as they walk through the rooms where she lived with her husband and children. There is always something going on there, from writing classes to kid's camps to high school leadership programs. A fabulous gift shop isrun entirely by volunteers dedicated to Pearl S. Buck's mission of helping disadvantaged children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pearl S Buck International has so unexpectedly enlarged my life. As a recent retiree, I was interested in taking one of their writing seminars- yes; writing at a writer’s house is one of the many programs available. However, I was lured by the history and stories around the house and large family who called it home, and quickly became a docent. Wanting to know more, I soon volunteered to assist the curator in projects, and joined a book club reading Pearl Buck’s books. Before I knew it I was sponsoring a child in the Philippines, hosting students from China, and attending a seminar on cross-cultural understanding. Today, I cannot read a news story without thinking about Pearl Buck’s worldview and wondering how she would have responded. A visit to the house becomes an inspiration. Come visit and be moved!!

6 Joan48

Donor

Rating: 5

Pearl S. Buck International literally saved my life! Fifty years ago I was living in an orphanage in Seoul, Korea - abandoned at birth on a doorstep, I was fortunate to be taken to a Christian orphanage that cared for me my first 4 years of life. And then through the Pearl S. Buck adoption program, I became a "chosen child"! Yes, that is how my American family of 6 referred to my adoption - they chose me because they really wanted another child. Today, with the love of my adopted family, I have the privilege of being a wife, mother, and professional nurse. None of this would have been possible without Pearl S. Buck International. They are literally saving the lives of children like me every day, every year. My only wish is that I had millions of dollars to donate to the organization. The mission and work of PSBI is amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My involvement PSBI is all because of the volunteers. Because of their enthusiasm, I have willing donated my art and ideas to help in their ongoing efforts to raise money to benefit the organization's mission. The professionalism of the volunteers is truly inspiring as they work in concert with a dedicated staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pearl S. Buck International, Inc. is a beautiful oasis that tells the truly remarkable and inspiring story of a woman determined to make a difference in the world. She did it with her writing and her dedication to mixed race children who needed a home, and needed to be accepted. Everyone who visits leaves a changed person. This is a place where there is a place for everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am taken by the dedication of the staff and the volunteers to the mission of the organization.

3 Alison27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at PSBI for the past 3 years and have found it to be an extremely well run organization with a keen focus on increasing intercultural understanding and improving the lives of Asian children. Pearl Buck would be so proud to see how the organization has carried on her legacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Pearl S. Buck International for 35 years. I have seen many changes, in mission, leadership, personal. The past 10 years this non profit has fulfilled its mission of helping those children Peal S. Buck had the vision to know needed forever families and care and education to give them a base to expand their dreams. There are so many success stories and children who have been welcomed into homes that it makes your head spin. My husband and I have been donors and now with my granddaughter sponsor a girl the same age. We hope by introducing her to the mission of PSBI, she will continue our legacy.
The staff, lead by CEO Janet Mintzer and Teri Mandic, are the most professional people we have known. We are retired professionals and can truly give this staff a 5 Star rating and HIGH FIVES for their commitment to continuing the legacy of a woman of vision, Pearl S. Buck

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having attended numerous events at Pearl S. Buck's barn as a teenager I always knew when I retired from teaching that I wanted to become a docent there. Having done so for nearly a year my results have even exceeded my expectations. The volunteers are some of the nicest people I have ever met, the professionalism trickles down from the CEO to all who help out. It's apparent that the volunteers truly love their jobs and care about the mission of Pearl S. Buck International, Inc. A more dedicated group I have never been a part of.

4 dc32556

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last four weeks I have volunteered as an intern at Pearl S. Buck International. I am forever changed by the ever-present spirit of Miss Buck, that is very much alive and well at Green Hills Farm. I am now a sponsor of a beautiful girl who shares my daughter's name. I am struck by how little I really knew about this woman who used her voice, her pen, and her position to bring the plight of the world's children to the public doorstep, and then challenge society to act. So I have been challenged. So I will act.

4 Rick40

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife, Norma, and I have been involved with PSBI since our organization, the Filipino American Association of Bucks County, Inc. started sponsoring children from the Philippines in 1988. However, Pearl 's legacy gave us even a new meaning and profound impact when we started visiting the children and witnessed firsthand the difference it made . Not only did the children's lives change tremendously but the whole family too. For a small amount of money, a whole new world was open to them . Norma has been on the board for 10 years now and is honored and proud to be part of this wonderful organization with the best staff under the leadership of Janet Mintzer, CEO.

4 Shirley20

Donor

Rating: 5

I am honored to be involved with this wonderful non-profit organization. I have volunteered, sponsor a child from Thailand, have an ongoing commitment to financially contribute, and attend many functions throughout each year. The staff and volunteers under the outstanding leadership of Janet Mintzer, are extremely dedicated, professional and promote the mission and legacy of Pearl S. Buck to the fullest. One of the best non-profit organizations!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved in promoting the mission of this organization for two and a half years. Last year I travelled to the Philippines and saw this mission in action firsthand. The work they do on behalf of children is wonderful and the stories of the lives that have been changed as a part of the legacy and mission are heartfelt and inspiring.

4 Julie162

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Pearl Buck for about 10 years. The staff is so hardworking, sincere, honest and dedicated to improving the lives of children and making "forever families". It is an honor to be to be a tiny part of this effort. The CEO, Janet Mintzer has been amazing in building the program, restoring the house, and leading the organization. The house is really a treasure of museum. So different from other sites. We know people who have adopted their children through Pearl Buck. Each family has such loving, professional, and positive life-changing story to tell and rejoice in.

I wish all non-profits were run as well as Pearl Buck.... or even run 1/2 as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have had the privilege of hosting numerous social workers and foster mothers from Korea, China and Vietnam in our home near Pearl S Buck International over a period of quite a few years. It is such a joy to learn to know these women and the staff at PSBI over the 4 to 5 days that lodging is needed. The dedication of the staff and also the workers from other countries is truly inspiring. The joy that that they bring as children and adoptive families are brought together is poignant as they carry on the legacy of Pearl S Buck. We have been blessed by volunteering with PSBI.

We are also sponsoring a child from Vietnam and are thankful for this opportunity to enrich the life of one child by adding to his financial support for schooling, clothing and food.

The more I learn about Pearl S Buck, the woman, the more impressed I am that she was able to accomplish so much in the lives of children at a time when they were mostly ignored. Continuing the work she began is important to me not only because she started her organization here in our community, but more importantly because of bringing love, encouragement, and family to the children who otherwise have little to look forward to.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PSBI is an incredible foundation. Janet Mintzer (CEO/President) has dedicated her time and energy to help continue Peal Buck's Legacy. Her leadership and her staff are terrific all around. We sponsor a child from Thailand, have a nephew that will be participating in the Korean Culture Camp next week, we are Corporate Sponsors, and have helped with the Legacy Tour promotions. I have attended and helped with many events at PSBI and find the attendees have nothing but praise to say about the grounds and the employees at PSBI. This organization is run like a real non-profit should be run...responsibly...Congrads to all the employees and the volunteers at this organization...your work is incredible

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Donor

Rating: 5

I will admit bias, I worked for Pearl for a year in '04-05. Aside from all the good work the organization does in this world, there is one greater good here: This is an organization dedicated to an amazing woman. How many organizations are there out there dedicated to the legacy of a woman? Not many. This is one of them. She was not only globally recognized - she was globally focused. If they had more money, the good that PSBI could do in this world is without bounds. The worth of an organization is in its ability to touch the lives of specific individuals. Research them and discover.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are using PSBI to adopt a baby from China. They have been wonderful! PSBI has helped us navigate the uncertainty of International adoption, and smooth the inevitable up's and down's. While I've observed other agencies engaging in questionable behaviors to place children, PSBI is honest, professional, trustworthy and always "does the right thing". It has been a pleasure working with them to grow our family.