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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

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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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.