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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Media & Communications, Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: VPF advocates for the rights and dignities of young people with disabilities. Our field work and research initiatives further an inclusive human and civil rights approach to disability programs and policies.We provide educational and training materials for human rights and development agencies including governmental and non-governmental organizations. We have experience in scaling up best practices by partnering governments with civil society organizations from Berkeley to Belgrade.

Results: Participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Published learning guide and activities manual on human rights of children with disabilities with UNICEF, developed educational book for parents with MercyCorps, directly or indirectly impacted over 100,000 people through our educational programs.

Target demographics: Children and youth with and without disabilities and their families both in the US and abroad

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500-1,000

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, International

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

All persons with disability needs to be noticed, acknowledged & included in the society that we live in today. Pineda Foundation/World Enabled helps in making this a reality by reaching out to key people all over in making theirs an accessible place. Dr. Pineda, President and Founder, is an amazing individual with a great mind. Truly an inspiration.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

Pineda Foundation/ World Enabled is very truthful with their vision and mission. I have worked for them for a long period of time and it was a great and unforgettable experience. Their leadership, research and initiatives were admirable. They show real compassion towards rights and benefits of people with disabilities. I feel proud to be one of them and serve in behalf of them. The knowledge and experience I’ve got were truly valuable in my entire life. For me, I could never acquire these learning from any other organization and institutions. I really appreciate the time that I was with them because I was able to get the deepest meaning of dedication and advocacy. The team was very versatile and their potentials were very inspiring and admirable. When I became part of them, I was really motivated to do my best because of the support that I’ve got from the team especially from the President. Thank you WE!

Review from Guidestar


Former staff

Rating: 5

I have worked for this non-profit for the past few years. Pineda Foundation / World Enabled is a dynamic youthful organization, with clear capabilities in research, policy and advocacy. The organization is small but dynamic and has with limited resources created lasting change. Their involvement in global disability rights has helped shape the way for more resources to be directed towards youth with disabilities. The group started as a voluntary organization by a few people dedicated to transforming the experiences of young people with disabilities, it has since grown into a respected and reputable go to think tank for a variety of social issues ranging from policy design and assessments, research, capacity building and leadership training. The team has grown and the programs they've carried out have indeed transformed the lives of dozens of youth. Each young person receives mentoring and guidance, as well as benefits from expanding their professional and academic network of opportunities. They are active on social media, and were pioneers in producing educational and informational media products through their youtube channel. I am proud of being associated with this group and am grateful for the opportunities they have afforded me.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 4

As a young person with a disability, it was rewarding and inspiring to work with such a dynamic and dedicated group of people. Working with the Pineda Foundation was an eye opening experience. I was able to learn about human rights, and advocacy efforts on behalf of people with disabilities.

Review from Guidestar