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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 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.

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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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 !

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.

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.

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.