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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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23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 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 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

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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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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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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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Pearl S. Buck International, I am impressed on a daily basis by the work that is done by the organization and all the dedicated professionals who work there. It is an honor to be associated with them and serve as a volunteer. What a remarkable organization started by a truly remarkable woman.

3

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

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.

4

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.

3

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.

4

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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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 mchadwick

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a docent at Pearl S. Buck's home for more than 15 years. She was an amazing woman who overcame incredible odds and succeeded in changing the world. The more I learn about her accomplishments, the more I marvel. Because of Pearl Buck, adopted children did not have to be matched to their adoptive families by race, religion and ethnicity. The organization she founded continues her good works here and abroad. My husband served on the PSBI Board of Directors and we sponsored a child. But, my husband's claim to fame (acording to him) is that he hired Janet Mintzer as the CEO. She is an amazing lady with more energy and dedication than any of us have a right to expect.

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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.

4

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.

4

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

4

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 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.

3

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.

3 Julie78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Pearl Buck is so hardworking and professional. Pearl Buck International helps children to be adopted by loving families, they support schools and medical needs for hundreds of thousands children. They preserve a beautiful National Landmark in the heart of Buck County. Pearl Buck International has truly improved the lives of millions.