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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Youth Development, Youth Development - Citizenship, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The In a Perfect World Foundation empowers the next generation by providing access to education, mentoring and artistic expression to underserved and at-risk youth around the world.

Results: 30 Schools built in 8 different countries. 500+ teacher projects supported in Los Angeles alone. Over 35,000 children served!

Target demographics: young people in high poverty and at-risk communities

Geographic areas served: youth development

Programs: access to education, mentoring and the arts.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

anchalchand

Advisor

Rating: 5

IAPW is an organization that inspires, motivates, and uplifts the children and communities that it serves. I am proud to say that IAPW is a jewel of an organization with a dynamic combination of pure intentions and razor sharp focus on its goals. Our founder Manuela Testolini is a capable, compassionate, and tireless leader who constantly propels her team, our youth ambassadors, and dream catchers to achieve high standards and lend their time and energy to worthy causes. During these challenging times of Covid, IAPW was able to ensure food security, raise funds for school supplies, and provide wellness tools to the children and families from a broad range of our existing programs. IAPW also started a meaningful kindness initiative that encouraged our ambassadors and willing participants to help people feel connected and supported, reminding us all that it only takes a simple act of kindness to make someone feel loved and hopeful for the future. It is my honor to be part of this powerful organization that is impacting positive change locally and globally. I look forward to participating in the growing legacy of IAPW for years to come, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve those in need through the effective programs they offer.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

IAPW is an organization close to my heart. I instantly connected with its founder Manuela and the mission/vision during one of their previous fundraisers. Before I knew it I was inspired and committed to being involved with this movement to empower the youth around the world by providing education, mentoring, and the arts. The IAPW team of volunteers, advisors, and board members are a unified collective that impact change in a positive, strategic, and effective way. Each dollar donated goes directly to the needs of the children and community that is being served. Manuela Testolini is a compassionate brilliant leader who is able to navigate the course and allow this organization to consistently reach the goals we set out to achieve. We look forward to the future and all that is yet to be accomplished by In a Perfect World.

Advisor

Rating: 5

My life has been forever enriched working with In A Perfect World Foundation and its Founder, Manuela Testolini. Manuela and IAPW are helping to change the narrative when it comes to young women and education, which will be one of our most powerful forces when moving this world forward. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your heart of gold and for making a difference in so many lives. You are definitely the change we want to see in the world.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I am so happy to sit on the Advisory Board for In A Perfect World Foundation. The work that Manuela Testolini is doing in communities around the world is astonishing. She sits at the core of this foundation. She is changing lives one child at a time. It has been my ultimate pleasure to work beside someone whose heart is beyond measure. When I think of my perfect world, I think of Manuela and all of the beautiful, happy children; dancing and smiling she's helped along the way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The In A Perfect World Foundation positively impacted our school community in a huge way. Manuela Testolini and her team helped our creative arts and music program by installing a Multimedia Lab in the Library at our school. The authentic and genuine passion for wanting our students to have the best showed through in every step of the process. IAPW is a professional organization that is committed to diversity and providing relevant opportunities for all young people. It is refreshing to know that there are non-profit organizations like IAPW that are committed to such a high level of excellence and put the mission first! ~ Michael "Mr. B" Bratsch Teacher, Franklin Middle School - Minneapolis, MN

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never have I ever been fortunate enough to be in loved with a nonprofit that is so deeply committed to the health and welfare of both individuals AND the collective greater good of the world. It starts with the founder and trickles down through each and every individual involved. There is a sense of deep love and commitment coursing through the veins of this organization and you can feel it at every fundraising event. I am so honoured to be able to contribute to this beautiful nonprofit that I have no doubt will continue to create a far more “perfect world“!

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Donor

Rating: 5

IAPW is a well run organization with proven results. The money raised is used for programs and outreach to the underserved communities. As the founder and main driver of the organization, Manuela's dedication and work ethic has resulted in action. With the funds raised, she has managed to accomplish so much for the various communities. I applaud and admire her work.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to In A Perfect World in 2015. As a member of the Women's Leadership Group, Executive Committee, for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington DC, i was greatly impressed with the unique and very successful Youth Ambassador's Program of IAPW.
The program represents the very best model for how to give youths in at- risk local communities a voice, and the knowledge and means to make genuine improvements in the quality of life and education in their communities. But it does so much more. It expands their horizons to the vital importance of not only working close to home, but also extending a caring, helping hand to global communities facing life and death challenges.
Everything that IAPW does is an example of the highest standards for giving back, whether in the communities within the U.S., or globally - building over 33 schools- where the IAPW is continuing its work to help achieve integrated sustainable communities. There are only a few organizations globally that accomplish as much for the resources expended. The direct experiences I have had, working with the exceptional local IAPW Youth Ambassadors on projects, as they partnered with the Mother Earth Project, Horton's Kids, the BGCGW at THEARC, and Flicks4Change, DC and LA, are inspiring. What impresses me every time, is the way the youth Ambassadors recognize their potential and eagerly accept the responsibility to make this a better world. They do it with dedication, joy, and creativity. It is an honor to be on the Advisory Board and see the selfless leadership adhering to the highest standards while it consistently seeks ways to excel in its performance.

Barbara Hawthorn,
IAPW Advisory Board
Executive Committee of The Women's Leadership Group for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Board of GoodWeave International
Chair of the Board, McLean Project for The Arts
CARE International Global Leader,
Meridian House International Global Leader Council
Diplomatic Liaison for the Halcyon Awards






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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have so much admiration for the work that IAPW puts out into the world. Manuela leads by example and continues to inspire us to think about our impact and the world we want to leave behind for our children.

1 Stephanie S.16

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about the work of IAPW through a friend and I have been incredibly impressed with their mission delivery. They direct 100% of donations to programs and not a lot of other nonprofits can say that. I have a 6 year old and have taken advantage of the multitude of online and virtual activities and projects.

1 Leigh R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a monthly donor, supporting the good work of In A Perfect World. Pouring into today's youth so that they can be effective, equipped, empathetic leaders in the future is just what the world needs.

Donor

Rating: 5

IAPW is one of those rare organizations that really puts every dollar to work on program execution. There is never a question around where a donor’s dollars are spent. This gives me, as a donor, great confidence in the organizations leadership and future. IAPW is having a measurable impact in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Toronto, D.C. and abroad. It’s a privilege to support IAPW’s mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAPW has provided several opportunities for my son Kyree to expand his scope of the world. He has participated in activities that have taught him kindness, empathy and how to take care of the earth. The exposure has been priceless.

LeLe Jones S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through In A Perfect World (IAPW), my 13 year old son has experienced the most formative service opportunities of his life. From backpack drives, collecting shoes for the less fortunate, and building a school in Guatemala, Manuela Testolini and her amazing IAPW staff teach young people to be creators of change wherever they are. These opportunities have made a mark on the IAPW youth that can never be erased, and they will go forward as young adults working toward a perfect world for themselves and others. I am truly grateful for these opportunities as I know my son will be a better man because of them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAPW is an incredible movement that gets kids involved and excited about helping others and giving back. I feel so lucky to have found a place where my 6 year old daughter can volunteer, fundraise and interact with the kids she is actually raising money for at the backpack drive parties. Manuela offers a unique and precious opportunity for kids and adults too. The junior ambassador program is something everyone can benefit from getting their kids involved in!

Natalya P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering for In a Perfect World’s summer 2019 backpack drive for inner-city children in Los Angeles. The event was beautifully coordinated and executed, with many donations, volunteers and projects to be organized simultaneously. Everything ran like clockwork, including a large number of children participating in multiple activity stations. A good deal of responsibility was delegated to a talented group of “teen ambassadors” who were articulate, well-informed and took command of their respective posts in a professional manner AND with great compassion and kindness for the volunteers and youth participants alike. IAPW has clearly invested in the development of many fine ambassadors, a great benefit to the organization, as well as to the personal development and enrichment of the ambassadors themselves. IAPW has a remarkable structure of training and empowering its volunteer and ambassador staff starting from within the organization, that seamlessly extends out to serve and empower children both locally and internationally. I loved seeing the direct benefits to the youth we were serving since this volunteer opportunity relied on real, hands-on, person to person contact that many other volunteer opportunities do not offer. Overall IAPW is an incredibly effective, efficient and big-hearted organization that holistically addresses the needs of underserved children worldwide. Bravo IAPW, and many thanks for the opportunity to participate!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been an honor and a privilege to learn from and work with Manuela over the years. It is truly inspiring. In a Perfect World is not just a charity-it really is a movement, on so many levels. It's an organization that leads by bringing people together to make a real impact, not only here in the U.S. but also in some of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. It all starts with empowering children and arming them with the awareness and tools they need to be the change. I am proud to be a part of the IAPW team and I am excited for the growth we are embarking on as an organization. With Manuela at the helm, this movement will continue to grow and do amazing things!

Advisor

Rating: 5

by being both a volunteer and advisory board member, I've had firsthand experience with the powerful impact IAPW has on those it reaches. from the brilliant smiles on a primary schooler receiving his/her FIRST backpack filled with fresh school supplies, to the shining spirits of the young African girls who realize they have a chance to be educated and realize their dreams.....IAPW actualizes its mission to the purest extent and is much deserving of any and all accolades.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IAPW has a stellar leadership team, an accomplished Board of Directors, and deeply committed, qualified advisors. I work with many nonprofit clients across the U.S. and it’s very unsual to have this blend of experience, expertise, and heart all together in one single organization. 100% of each dollar raised supports the program it is intended to support. I recommend both donors and volunteers to IAPW with the greatest confidence, knowing that the organization stewards each contribution of time and money with integrity and deep gratitude.

Shannondelaat

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great leaders know how to blend the analytical with the emotional. Manuela does just that. She is a heart-centered leader that maintains the overarching In a Perfect World foundation mission, while working to develop the vision for what paths IAPW needs to take, to get there. Supporting Manuela and team felt as if my contribution was a part of a larger purpose. It was rewarding on multiple levels. I cannot wait to watch and continue to support IAPW as they continue to break barriers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the IAPW backpack drive. I enjoyed working with the other volunteers, the event was very well organized. Most importantly, it was such a joy to help and interact with the children. Their smiles and gratitude made it all worth it. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this experience and look forward to volunteering at more events.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is so inspiring to see all the incredible work IAPW is doing domestically and abroad. It is so wonderful to see the Youth Ambassadors so engaged and committed to making a difference in the lives of others through their volunteer service. From backpack drives benefiting local students to contributing to building schools in far off places, IAPW is truly making a difference around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with IAPW! I am so happy to work with so many awesome and amazing people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed working with the nonprofit for the past year and a half. I have met so many incredible people with the same drive to empower children through education. Overall I have had a wonderful experience with IAPW.

1 Claire.Rosemarie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Manuela, and being part of IAPW as a Youth Ambassador. We work on incredible projects that help kids around world. It feels incredible to give back in communities working with IAPW.

1 rduarte

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAPW Teen Ambassadors have helped work on community projects for kids. IAPW Teens have made a positive impact helping with backpack drives, building care kits, beach clean up, and artistic projects. Manuela’s mentoring is empowering. She is leading a path of empowering kids and teens around the world.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about this organization and its generous self scraficing work along with its founder. I met Manuela Testolini through her husband at the time back in 2004. He and I are fellow musicians but over the years bonded closer with her becuase of her kind, self sacrificing spirit and big heart. Never seeking the spotlight, her goal and that of the organization is to make others shine and help those less fortunate with the hope of making this world a better place. Whether if its building schools, donating music equipment or backpacks to underprivledged children..etc.. everything is for the benefit of others and not for self. Im honored to be a supporter of this organitzation and will contunue to do so until my last breath.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved participating in a recent backpack drive. It was such a fun event, and what I loved so much was witnessing the Ambassadors who readily jumped in and were powerful leaders, whether they realized it or not. I will definitely participate in future In A Perfect World events.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer at their recent backpack drive. It was such a well organized and inspiring event, that I can't say enough about the experience. In A Perfect World is making a difference in the lives of these children and who wouldn't want to be a part of that. It's all about the kids and making their lives better!

2 brianholmes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with In A Perfect World for the last year. Manuela and her team are growing a great organization that really helps children locally and internationally. From backpack drives for local children to building schools internationally, IAPW is making a difference and it's rewarding to be a part of it!

1 Patrina M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

In a Perfect World (IAPW) is consistent and relentless in its efforts to alleviate poverty, provide access to education and educational supplies, and - most importantly - provide love, light and laughter to children around the world. I am so incredibly impressed with how they engage children as junior ambassadors, creating a vibrant pipeline of future service-minded leaders.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IAPW is everything a service organization should be - passionately led by an inspired humanitarian devoted to making the world a better place, one child at a time. The work they are doing is truly making a difference that will have a ripple effect for generations to come as children are supported in moving beyond perceived limitations to create a more perfect world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a great experience with In a Perfect World at a volunteer event for young students. It's clear that the team is very passionate abd about empowering kids. I would say they could improve by putting us volunteers to work more effectively. We are here to help! You doll alone. Give us tasks in advance and we will make you proud!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have admired the work of IAPW for quite some time and have had the privilege of getting involved with my whole family. Young volunteers = the development of citezens who make a difference, IAPW teaches through example & inclusion.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAPW created great opportunities for my children to give back to other people & learn about how to make a difference in other people's lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAPW does a FANTASTIC job of empowering young girls and women. It creates opportunities to nurture all of the natural compassion that exists within each and every one of us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for In a Perfect World (IaPW). In the past I have helped out with the Grantsburg Reading Program which IaPW helps fund. I have recently started volunteering my time as a grant writer for this foundation. It is clear that the members of IaPW truly believe in their cause and are determined to make a difference in these children's lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In a Perfect World, it has been my joy to work with this nonprofit since its inception. Since 2004 I have been its Treasurer and I promise you that every penny that you give to our programs goes back out to helping youth who are at risk no matter where. This year has been an emotional one as we look back at the events that changed the lives of so many. We have had Care packages, backpacks, EarthFest, MLK Day just a few of the activities that we completed this year. We built partnerships with Horton's Kids, P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute, Richmond Family & Fatherhood Iniative, just to name a few. J McDaniel, Treasurer

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.
JMcDaniel
Treasurer of In a Perfect World

1 Angela Wilson G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

28 schools built, 500+ teacher projects supported, and 35,000 kids who've been helped, all by this organization. In a Perfect World is amazing - their mission is to inspire, empower and impact youth in high-poverty communities around the world by providing access to education, mentoring and artistic expression. Get involved. Every dollar donated goes directly to support their projects.

1 Mary Kay H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have worked with In A Perfect World and have loved every minute. Manuela is an amazingly kind woman and a fantastic role model for children. The volunteers I have met at each of the events I have participated in are delightful and caring people, inspiring me to work harder and do more. I look forward to working with this organization for years to come, and hope I can help make a fraction of the difference Manuela and the other volunteers have made already!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a perfect World Foundation is sich a heart warming organization lead by a charming and powerful woman Manuela Testolini. I met this NPO as my 1 st Donate per Purchase experience, The organic soy fragrance candle Artru. Since then Seeing thier down to earth hard work to empower children inspire me. And IAPW always welcome any little donation as a big deal. A few years ago they show me the cutest letter i ever saw. Its telling a girl enjoy at IAPW after school facility and some of my gift them from JAPAN :) Yes IAPW is building 10 school in the world and also talking care of the local kids as daily basis.
Definitely deserve THE BEST.

1 nataliecarroll

Donor

Rating: 5

In a Perfect World is a non-profit organization that gives 100% of its donations to communities in need. I’m happy knowing that my entire contribution is helping individuals throughout the world! Thank you Manuela and the In a Perfect World team for all that you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a perfect world has done so much in the last year! Their care packages for the victims of hurricane Harvey touched my heart, seeing children reaching out and helping other children gives back our faith in humanity.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

In A Perfect World (IAPW) is an amazing organization dedicated to serving children and women across the globe! They give 100 in everything that they do to help better the lives of those less fortunate. I am honored to be a part of IAPW as they continue to empower and educate one generation at a time. For more information, please visit www.iapw.org

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The unfailing commitment by IAPW, its founders and partners, has inspired me to action. they think globally, act locally AND globally, with a laser focus and unwavering purpose. IAPW is a true non-profit, in the traditional sense, whereby nearly 100% of the donated funds are directed into impactful projects that change lives forever. With pride do I align myself with IAPW.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation and partners inspire me to action by their unfaltering commitment to service. I have had the honor and pleasure of serving by the sides of some of the most hard working , generous , visionaries committed to giving children around the world an opportunity for a better life thru education and self empowerment. Daily I am reminded by the action of this organization of the importance of their mission and I am motivated to see the world thru a different lens because of the experiences shared.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

A perfect world is a serving underprivileged youth with programs around the globe . I have found them to be thoughtful and dedicated leaders in the field . #give100

1 Kendy D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing organization has provied youth in my communtity with a sense of awareness and appreaciation for furthering their eduaction! The future is a bighter with the efforts of IAPW !

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I recently became an advisor for IAPW this past spring and volunteered for an Earth Day project. The indirect goal of the day was to teach the kids about respecting mother earth's precious resources and be more mindful of how each of us, no matter what age can do their part by re-purposing, recycling, and connecting to all living things.

We executed two simple but effective eco-friendly projects that the kids could take home consisting of making these adorable DIY bird feeders from re-purposed rolls, peanut butter, bird seeds and twine which the 4 to 5-year olds loved. Then they all created hand-painted artistic designs on canvas reusable grocery tote bags. Not only were Manuela and her husband Eric very organized and lovingly playful, along with the volunteers, but throughout both projects they exhibited genuine compassion, high energy and patience by helping each child comprehend this invaluable teachable moment.

As a nonprofit professional with over twenty years giving back, I look forward to being apart of ongoing charitable endeavors with IAPW such as this one and more. It's been a humbling privilege to be able to collaborate and volunteer for this amazingly transparent, progressive and engaging charity which creates impactful sustainable experiences for kids around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with In a Perfect World in Washington DC. IAPW assisted with a Earth Day clean up the neighborhood. The event was well organized and made a huge impact on the volunteers and the community. After lunch IAPW provide sweet treats of Rita's Italian ice to over 100 children and volunteers. It was refreshing, generous and a perfect ending to a hard days work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In a Perfect World is an amazing nonprofit organization. They are a forward thinking group of dedicated volunteers who truly care about improving the lives of children, youth and their families. Manuela Testolini personally participates in the programs every chance she gets and she is an inspiration to our kids and those of us around her. The hard work and dedication of In a Perfect World is undeniable and we are truly grateful.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to have worked with this nonprofit organization for the past few months and am continuously astonished with the amount of passion, energy and drive that is behind everything that they do. Their dedication to serving underprivileged communities and empowering both the young and adult communities to become activists is truly inspiring. Manuela is always asking others "what is your perfect world" and strives to create that. I look forward to watching them grow and bring together many future communities.

mvink

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been an advisor for IAPW for almost a decade and am continuously inspired by the ongoing work that Manuela and the rest of our team do to create a more perfect world. I have worked in the world of philanthropy most of my life, in one way or another and have never seen a leader and team of volunteers dedicate more time and energy to a the foundation, assuring that 100% of the public donations go directly to the cause. I am honored to be a part of such a incredible movement that you can actually witness the impact firsthand.

Kelsy D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am living proof that In a Perfect World Foundation is dedicated to empowering the next generation. They continually are creating and supporting programs that provide education, mentoring and artistic expression to underserved and at-risk youth around the world. Always pushing the bar to ask others; what is your perfect world?

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Norman B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2 Dan Thomas

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I am honored to work with In A Perfect World and see their incredible support for youth. By placing such a high value on education and leadership, the children and young adults that benefit from IAPW's programs are taught to see no boundries or limits to their success. It is essential in giving, to be able to teach our youth how to pay it forward. The In A Perfect World Youth Ambassador program is the best example of how to raise future philanthropists and kind inidviduals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with IAPW has been a wonderful experience. In addition to giving back to children in need, it's rewarding to know there is a long term positive impact on the kids. One example is when we had an event and the exercise was to draw a picture of what In a perfect world meant to them. This young girl drew a picture of a woman buying something on the street corner. After asking her to explain her drawing she said "In my perfect world, my mom wouldn't buy drugs and would spend more time with me and my sister". It reminded me of how impressionable young kids can be and how essential it is to be involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In A Perfect World Is a groundbreaking non-profit organization with a heart to help and a solution oriented mindset. In A Perfect World Organization stands out as a multi cause charity organization working with multiple causes from helping Children to youth poverty alleviation. Founder Manuela Testolini is an incredible mentor and president who inspires others to contribute to making a positive social impact. In A Perfect World has a strong team of ambassadors as well as a great board of directors including chair Norman Bailey and executive director Dr. Towanna Freeman, Creative Director, Girl Prep® Jenny Harper, Janelle Keith Operations, Michelle Vink Branding Advisor. On a national and international level, In a Perfect World does more than its part helping to make the world a better place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In A Perfect World Foundation has touched our classroom is so many ways. They have donated to countless projects, making my students’ education more fulfilling and interesting. Without their assistance, my classroom would go without the additional resources that truly make a difference in my students’ school experience. I am grateful that they have maintained a relationship with our school over the years. It has made my students know that In A Perfect World Foundation’s efforts are long-lasting and they have made a genuine commitment to improving students’ lives. They have done outreach with my students, making our experience more personable. Their generosity has served as a model to us all. In A Perfect World Foundation is more than a nonprofit to us, they are family. We appreciate and applaud all that they do.