In A Perfect World Foundation
Rating: 5 stars 16 16 reviews 2,261
Box 515 Los Angeles CA 90069 USA
The In a Perfect World Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the next generation by creating and supporting programs that provide education, mentoring and artistic expression to underserved and at-risk youth around the world.
21 Schools built in 7 different countries. 500+ teacher projects supported in Los Angeles alone. Over 30,000 children served.
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Thank you so much for the donation to the Grantsburg Public Library. The furniture for our addition makes the room welcoming and comfortable as well as very usable. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
I was fortunate enough to volunteer with Ms. Testolini for an In a Perfect World function which had partnered with another non-profit for an event within the community. There is no question the passion that Ms. Testolini has for our youth is insurmountable. I absolutely enjoyed volunteering with In a Perfect World and working with the children.
For years I have been involved with various efforts to mentor and support young people across the US. It wasn't until I connected with the founder of In a Perfect World that I meant a leader who truly understood the need to give voice to young people. Through building incredible connections and generous donations I've seen what how empowering giving voice and listening to the young can be for them.
As important - IaPW has acted on what was heard and the lives of young people and their communities are forever changed as a result. So much has been done in the first 10years and there so much more planned for the future of those in need.
Last fall our small rural community of 1,300 people pulled together to build a beautiful addition to our public library, however the project construction took every last cent and more. The brand new building was to sit empty.
That’s when In a Perfect World stepped in--
They furnished our new addition with sturdy tables and chairs so people could use and enjoy the addition. It's been less than a year since the building was constructed and In a Perfect World furnished the community space, but in that time the Library's new center has been used for a town hall meeting, a local author book fair, multiple art programs for children, a series of local history talks, area small business trainings and by a children's literacy program.
Their donation to our community truly was a gift to people of all ages and economic levels. Thank you In a Perfect World!
Over ten years ago, Manuela Testolini shared with me her idea for a nonprofit organization, the vision was if a child could have’ a perfect world’ what would they ask for? For some it was a world without smoking or a family where all were at peace, for others it was a simple as a blue crayon. The mission statement grew to be ‘dedicated to empowering the next generation by creating and supporting programs that provide education, mentoring and artistic expression to underserved, and at-risk youth around the world’, at that time, she asked if I would be Treasurer.
I accepted the position.
I still am Treasurer of IAPW, and I am proud of our growth, the thousands of children we have helped around the world has been just extraordinary.
Early on one of our first projects was producing a documentary called ‘Listen to The Children’. Personally, I was so touched by what the children had to say I thought if we could only help a few, it would be great.
However, Manuela’s vision was much greater, as we went on to fund wells for fresh water.
Next, we set our sight on a bigger project, through our partnership with buildOn, we have to date built fifteen schools and funded four more yet not built schools.
We have helped children from the biggest cities to small rural communities across America.
It has been a remarkable ten years, and I do look forward to see what will happen in the next ten years.
Treasurer of In a Perfect World
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I started with In a Perfect World as a volunteer at a Free Arts day in Minnesota, which was funded by IAPW. I was touched by by the children and their smiles as we did arts and crafts and played music together. Since then I have become a Board Member and work with a wonderful team of dedicated people who's mission is: "a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the next generation by creating and supporting programs that provide education, mentoring and artistic expression to underserved and at-risk youth around the world."
Our mission allows us to REACH many, here at home as well as throughout the world. We have built schools in six countries, furnished children's bedrooms at a retreat for Veterans in Virginia, granted funding to a library in Wisconsin for tables, chairs and recorders and helped numerous teachers with school supplies in California.
I am honored to be a part of In a Perfect World and very proud of the work we have done and the future of the Foundation!
In a Perfect World’s (IaPW) desire to make a difference is deep in the heart of Texas! This year, Manuela Testolini embraced the community of Northside in Fort Worth by supporting a summer camp, music classes and a baseball team. Ms. Testolini, sponsored a Summer Art & Music Camp in August that was attended by 47 at risk school aged children. These were provided 3 healthy meals a day, participated in creative art classes that encouraged reading, creative thinking and problem solving. The Summer Art & Music Camp was so well received, it has been extended to include a fall offering. Five of the children are learning to play an instrument and attend weekly music classes.
Lastly, the Cowtown Outlaws baseball teams wins games and championships and the coaches and supervisors set the tone for integrity and teamwork. IaPW sponsored 4 ten year old boys that could not afford their dues or uniforms and they also sponsored team jerseys for all 3 teams ages 10-18.
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As executive director of a nonprofit supported by In A Perfect World, I am deeply grateful for the interest the foundation has demonstrated in our community based organization. Manuela Testolini and the entire foundation team have shown themselves to be passionate about improving the lives of children and knowledgeable about the importance of foundation support in achieving that mission.
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In A Perfect World Foundation does amazing work in the community. They are a cost-effective and professional organization that makes a huge difference in the lives of young people who face difficult challenges. As executive director of Free Arts Minnesota, I was pleased to work with In A Perfect World Foundation in helping children discover the healing power of art in their lives. In A Perfect World funded our program at Bridge for Homeless Youth for four years. During that time, many homeless teens received the great gift of working with professional artists across various disciplines, in order to develop their own artistic skills and creatively process their feelings. Manuela and her board are focused, dedicated and ambitious. In A Perfect World is an organization worth investing in.
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I'm honored to be working alongside In a Perfect World as a multi-cause organization that supports principles that foster altruism, alleviate poverty and provide education for kids around the world. Understanding what constitutes a perfect world provides a beautiful foundation for growth. Founder Manuela Testolini tirelessly and selflessly provides a bedrock of love for children around the world. In its 10th year with 15 schools and growing, IAPW is a real testament to its positive impact on the world.