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Little Pearls

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video

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

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

Geographic areas served: the Asheville, NC area

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls are uplifting videos that leave one with a smile. They're filled with love and hope, often not uttering one word to do so. They honor life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

These short little pearls are, as far as I know, unique in concept and execution. Other reviewers here have beautifully described how they are designed to touch hearts and make an impact in the world. The fact that they have been offered to the world as a labor of love is a strength and a deep challenge. I trust that those who have seen any of these films have been impacted in wonderful ways, and I would love to see these films grace the screens of more theaters and viewers. And I would love to see the financial support for these little pearls to provide for a vibrantly healthy and sustainable endeavor!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

These stories open your heart, widen your perspective and bring joy to all who see them.

the stories capture the essence of compassion, joy, and wonder at the beauty of this life.

it tackles tough subjects with new eyes helping all think differently

I look at their videos for inspiration and uplifting. they are the best!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Ranny L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a huge fun of Little Pearls whose commitment to creating short films that exemplify the best efforts of humanity and the animal kingdom are unsurpassed. This organization has produced these heart warming, meaningful videos that do more than inspire the human heart. They motivate one to reach inside oneself to step up to the plate and do something meaningful rather than check out by whatever means they so choose.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls are tiny-yet-powerful films that have brought tears, laughter and a new way of seeing things to me and to so many others who have had the chance to experience them.

They can help to shift perspective by opening hearts and minds to the beauty that is everywhere in our lives. Openness to new ways of perceiving and being is SO needed in our world now.

Watching just a couple of these "Pearls" can bring me back to a sense of balance when I need that. They inspire me to be my best self. I wish the whole world could see them!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

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



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



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



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

1

Board Member

Rating: 4

We were very moved by the Little Pearls sampler when we first saw it four or five years ago. There's been a long drought where not many new Pearls have been made -- I hope that 2011 will mark the end of that era!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Little Pearls tell the stories of ordinary people who have done very special things for others or for the world, or, who have faced difficult challenges and rose to overcome them, or become better people, as the result of their struggles. These short videos are an inspiration every time I see one. They pack a maximum wallop in a minimum amount of time, and are excellent value for my donation to help with filming or screenings, or, for any idealistic person/organization trying to make this a better world for all humankind..

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls have been an inspiration to me. I have used them, with permission, in music concerts to add multi-media content. I have been continually impressed, and have enjoyed watching the emotional response of audiences to these moving short films.

I fully support this non-profit and their mission; the world is better for having Little Pearls in it.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a unique organization with a very special product. Nonprofits one and all try to get 'their"message out in some unique way. The first unique thing about Little Pearls is "their" message is "our" message as it is universal and ever changing, bringing us those stories that touch our lives and make us aware. Second it is their ability to tell such stories. The finished product is superior and as their name suggests each message is a little pearl that will speak to you and stay with you.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls are gems! They show compassion, inspiration and our true Unity. The integrity of Little Pearls is a great role model for other organizations that are impacting our world.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Little Pearls reminds me that life is best lived with respect, faith and gratitude. LP's films may by "tiny," but they have a big impact upon our community. I'm a dog lover, so I especially like the heartfelt dog pearls. I also like the way LP uses local talent (human, dog, owl, etc.). Very inspiring and uplifting messages, beautifully rendered by the skilled LP creative and technical team -- pearls of hope in a sea of challenging times.

--JimmyS

1 Priestley

Donor

Rating: 5

Little Pearls' short films is an art form that seeks to enlighten, engage, lift and strengthen. They are films that educate, inspire, and draw deep on emotions. I especially love the dog pearls, because animals sheltering and rescue are my passion. To see the dogs romping in open fields with such great joy, and also to see "Spirit Dog" about those who have left us, was an amazing experience. I watched them over and over, and I will do so again, especially when I or a friend loses a beloved pet. The director of Little Pearls, Linda McLean, is one of the most soulful, spiritual, gracious and loving people I know. I treasure her and respect her work. She is one of the main reasons I contribute to Lillte Pearls.

1 laura mccue

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

You cannot watch a Little Pearls film without smiling. You can't help it as you see a child's gleeful laughter while painting, two dogs joyfullybounding through a field of flowers, or a sweet baby smiling as she explores her world. Little Pearls films do exactly what they are intended to do. Spread the love and compassion for others.

1 Danaji

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years, I've been involved in many non-profit organizations. It's hard to put my finger on what - specifically - is different about Little Pearls. Really, it's not just one thing, but many.

Starting with its founders. Two amazing women with a vision.
Two creative, generous souls who saw the need for more positive messages in a trepidatious world

I've had the wonderful opportunity to befriend them both and to spend time with, assist, and observe Linda McClean, the amazingly dedicated, hardworking director. I bear witness to the long hours and selfless perseverance she contributes to this beautiful organization every...single...day.

With tireless and irrepressible devotion, she takes our positive visions and shapeshifts them into works of art - short enough to fit any media slot, with so much beauty that they bring tears to the eyes of children of all ages. (My mom, who's 88, will attest to that!)
Tears - happy, caring tears - in our eyes - through which we are able to catch a glimpse of a better future.
I've had the opportunity to be part of the creative process and to witness - from the brainstorming of an idea to the finishing touches - the creation of a Pearl. What a gift!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is not little in the effects it produces in the people who watch. It's BIG. It has a calming, peaceful, hopeful, stimulate- one- to- help- more effect. These pearls call us to be better folks, neighbors, friends to animals and others,not to judge.....to believe there is good in the world, more good than we see, but the current of it is right there flowing along......and their staff is harvesting rich pearls from the stream.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a world plagued by big problems, we sometimes convince ourselves that there's nothing we can really do to solve them. "Little" solutions, however, are sometimes exactly what the situation calls for. Little Pearls makes small films that make a huge difference in peoples' perceptions and attitudes. Through Little Pearls, those otherwise "big" problems begin to melt away. I urge your support of this wonderful organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They helped me undstand all the things that go into making a 10mim tv spot.