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In A Perfect World Foundation

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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: 28 Schools built in 7 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: international youth development

Programs: access to education, mentoring and the arts.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

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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Manuela 10/06/2018

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience!

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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.

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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.