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In A Perfect World Foundation

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Community Service Clubs

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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

LeLe Jones S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What my three children have learned from Manuela Testolini as Youth Ambassadors for In A Perfect World has been the most impactful, formative, and character-building experiences of their lives. In A Perfect World has empowered them to discover the power within themselves to make positive changes in their community and in the world, and to lean forward, even as youth, as thought leaders and responsible humanitarians. These experiences have positively influenced the trajectory of their lives, and they will be change-makers, true leaders, and genuine givers because of Manuela Testolini's impartation of servant leadership.

Comments ( 1 )

Manuela Noah, Justice & True are exceptional young leaders! We love having them as part of the IAPW family!

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with In a Perfect World several times. I have found the entire team to be committed to their mission and vision and impressed with their level of results and compassion for all they serve. And they go out of their way to deliver even more than they promise. They put their time and their money to work and are changing lives. Everyday! It has been a blessing and honor to work with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i heard about this org through a friend who had volunteered at another one of their projects. i got in touch with them. i was able to volunteer at one of their arts days. i was really impressed to see the founder there and i believe there were members of the their board there as well. each of them taking the time to work with a child one on one. the only negative comment i would have is that they do lots of good work, but there are not as many opportunities to get involved personally. and i like to volunteer!