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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

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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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.