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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: 66,000 international families and 21,000 local program participants and visitors

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

Programs: International programs for children, educational and multicultural programs at the Pearl S. Buck House Museum and National Historic Landmark Site

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77 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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pearlsbuck Thank you for taking the time to provide an endorsement ... and to share what sponsoring a child means to you. We appreciate you.

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.

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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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.

1 Sandra Carey C.

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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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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission and truly dedicated volunteers inspired me to join their cause. I help in the archives, present workshops for budding authors at the Writing Center and help edit stories and books for publishing on CreateSpace. Their Writers Guild is a great group the helps poets, novelists, essays and those writing memoirs to improve their skills while "writing in a writer's house" here at Green Hills Farm, the home of Pearl S. Buck. Volunteers give tours and run a world-class gift shop as well. PBSI supports schools and sponsorships of individual children in 6 foreign countries in Southeast Asia. Giving opportunities to those who, through no fault of their own, are ostracized by their culture due to mixed race parentage. The PSBI charity rated is one of the highest, due to the large team of volunteers.

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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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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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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.

2 nlmcelwee

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am inspired by the work of Pearl S. Buck International on a daily basis. Pearl Buck was a visionary who was always ahead of her time and the legacy she left continues to be followed by the work of the organization. I would encourage everyone to visit the site, tour the house and learn more about one truly inspiring woman.

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pearlsbuck 08/10/2017

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

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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.