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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls provides a visual medium for inspiring and thought provoking cinema that will add to you day and life. I've had the honor of sharing these little films with hundreds of families in the Asheville and surrounding area. Thank you for the vision to provide these "Little Pearls". As Tony the Tiger says they are grrrrreat!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Once our world was totally filled with commercials that were self serving and xxxx. Now thanks to "Little Pearls" we can breathe a little easier, not feel bad about looking for the good in people, and take a moment to enjoy and enrich our hearts and souls. The art work and cinematography are breathtaking, the message clear...love each other, from the heart, harm no one or thing and cultivate peace.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first experienced the "sampler" of Little Pearls I was moved to tears and inspired so deeply that I felt compelled to find a way to support this incredible organization. The vision of these heart-opening pieces being on television gave me hope that not only could that media be uplifted, but also the hearts and minds of millions, just as mine had been. The sensitivity, awareness, and deep compassion reflected in the themes and production of each little pearl leaves the one watching profoundly present, moved to a sense oneness with all creation. If ever there was an effort worth supporting, Little Pearls is it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am moved by the work of this organization. Its video shorts are like commercials for...well, for all of the things that should have commercials but don't. They are reminders of the special people and emotions in our lives that don't have their own endowments, special interests or campaigns. Ironically, there just isn't any profit in lifting up friends and emotions strictly for their own sake.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with the clear intention, dedication and creativity of the two founders of this amazing project! They were both inspired by their dreams and have managed to effect change in the hearts and minds of any who have viewed their short, but oh so powerful little films. Perhaps change is not the right word, because what these little masterpieces do is touch a part of us which has so often been buried under the weight of the "news" that we are bombarded with. They speak to the part of us that resonates to love rather than fear. The variety of films they have produced so far on such a limited budget attests to the vast potential of Little Pearls if properly funded. Messages sent from children in NC to children who lost parents in the 911 attacks... messages from farmers in NC to those in Great Britain during the "mad cow" epidemic .... pearls about animal rehabilitation, kids playing violins while their dog "sings" along...pearls about the wonder of a baby and the beauty of the aged ... you must go to the web site and view them all!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an educator and researcher in new media and digital technologies I first encountered Little Pearls at a Media that Matters conference and was not only impressed with the quality of their work but also with its sensitivity to their subject matter. I continue to follow the development of Little Pearls and admire their ability to succinctly represent matters of the heart which touch us all in one way or another.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The simplest things in life are often the most profound. These "little" things, unencumbered by too much information, can reach right into someone's heart and change attitudes, actions, and feelings. The Little Pearls films do exactly that. I have been so moved, so touched by these short videos that I am convinced the world would be a better place if more people could view them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls distills truths to a pure communication heart to heart. Each one tells a story within sixty seconds. They remind us of our connection with life, and they do so with wit, words and images that linger in the mind. I have played a demo containing a half dozen Little Pearls to many people. Always they catch their breath and smile: more than not there are a few tears.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Pearls make me laugh, make me cry and lift me up ... They remind me of our essential nature, which is good, and in these wild times, I believe all human beings need help remembering that. Little Pearls reflect the best of ourselves back to ourselves. They are tiny films that open hearts and minds. And they are one of the most lovely mindful creative use of multi-media that I know ...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls, in my opinion are a valuable comodity to our community, our country, and this world. Why? Because people need inspiration, upliftment, and to be enriched by the beauty of life. Little Pearls capture the moments, the words, the music of what we treasure in life showing us remarkable human beings and animals alike. We need more positive and inspiring media like this to enrich our lives and Little Pearls knows how to capture our hearts and enlighten our souls.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As host and prodcuer of Women On Air on NPR member station WETS, I was pleased to have Little Pearls producers as interview guests on the show. With their clear intentions and heartfelt attention toward film subjects, Little Pearls certainly do stand out as uplifting, endearing, informing and affective messages. Lovely work, valuable to many, and deserving of recognition and support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I represent a small foundation that has the fundamental mission of supporting "life enhancing" efforts. Our grantees span a spectrum from animal rescue to environmental advocacy and spirituality. Little Pearls was one of our earliest grant recipients, chosen for the exceptionally powerful voice it gives to the spirit of wonder and the gentle charge it makes to each of us to be aware and to take responsibility for our part in protecting all the little pearls of our lives. Beverly Johnston, Blessings Project Foundation

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Little Pearls organization brings beautiful stories to the public that would otherwise go unseen. Each of their short films educates the public to the wonderful people and causes in their community. Little Pearls produced two short public awareness films about my work as a wildlife rehaber and the volunteer work of my therapy dog, DR Willie. These two wonderful pieces of video art educated the public about the importance of helping wildlife and about the hospital therapy dog program. This media exposure brought new people into both of these volunteer programs. I have been a bird of prey rehaber for 25 years and i must say that the 30 second Little Pearls filn did more to help wildlife than all my efforts of going it alone for so many years. Clyde Hollifield

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I think we would all agree that this world needs help before we destroy it and ourselves. Great individuals have walked this earth and done great things, affecting change in many, planting healing seeds. However, what we need to have happen is to raise the "collective" conscience of many, of societies and nations...and this is exactly what Linda MacLean and LITTLE PEARLS is ALL about: raising consciousness, inspiring loving and caring Energy to be sent out via what I call "Spiritual Postcards" that are professionally produced. When you see one of the PSAs come on TV, you stop dead in your tracks, speechless. No ads or commercialism. Only Goodness. Only positive, loving messages of spiritual celebrations. With the internet reaching the masses, it is yet another important highway to help get their message out. Alas, there are no free lunches, and anyone who donates to LITTLE PEARLS will see their dollars go into production of more messages, to get out to more people, to help raise the global Conscience. We need more LITTLE PEARLS in this world, the 'postcards' and organizations like them.