Back to School Backpack Drive

IAPW Backpack Drive

When Junior Ambassador Lucia Bella asked why the kids in Haiti don't have backpacks for their school books, we explained that not everyone has everything they need for school... like backpacks or simple school supplies. 

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Prince school to be built in Malawi

Prince and Manuela

IAPW Founder, Manuela Testolini, announces that school to be built in honor of late former husband, Prince, will be constructed in Malawi. 

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Lucia's Trike-A-Thon!

Lucia Bella Trike-a-thon

IAPW Junior Ambassador, Lucia Bella, needs your help! She's participating in a trikeathon with her friends to help the sick kids at St. Jude Research Hospital.

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In Honor of Earth Day, IAPW Junior Ambassador Lucia Bella Hosted a Special Event

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Lucia hosted a special event with her preschool class. The 4 and 5 year olds decorated reusable tote bags, made a bird feeder from recycled materials and took home a cool new t-shirt, all while learning about how we can take care of nature and the environment we live in. 

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Trek To Haiti

Manuela in Haiti

Ten years ago, Manuela Testolini founded In a Perfect World (IAPW) to empower youth to be compassionate, socially conscious leaders. In 2008, IAPW partnered with buildOn to launch their REACH (Rural Education and Community Harmony) initiative.

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STRONGER TOGETHER Campaign in partnership with buildOn and IAPW


In a Perfect World           buildOn

Non-profit buildOn to Launch STRONGER TOGETHER Campaign in partnership with the In a Perfect Word Foundation in Honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Press Release / For Immediate Release

STAMFORD, CT — March 8, 2016 — This March, in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, non-profit buildOn and the In a Perfect World Foundation have partnered to launch the Stronger Together campaign with the mission to unite women leaders around the world to create more opportunities for women in the developing world.

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2015 – A Year in Review

10 years

In a Perfect World’s mission is to empower the next generation by creating and supporting programs that provide education, mentoring and artistic expression to underserved and at-risk youth around the world. In 2015, we reached new countries & communities, our team grew stronger and we celebrated 10 years of dedicated service.

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In A Perfect World Foundation Honored As 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit


In A Perfect World Foundation announced that it has been honored with a prestigious 2015 Top-­‐Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

”10 years ago, a little boy in a homeless shelter said to me, "in a perfect world, I'd have a blue crayon.” Little did he know that he would inspire me to build an international foundation based on this idea of a ‘perfect world.’ Talking to children from all walks of life, living in various circumstances, I discovered that a child's ‘world’ could be as simple as their classroom, their room in a foster home, or even their neighborhood. What was important to me, was to hear those voices and to empower those children to spark meaningful change. 19 schools, 500 teacher projects and 30,000 kids later... I'd say we've succeeded,”” says Manuela Testolini, founder and president of In A Perfect World Foundation.

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IAPW-supported youth baseball team hits the big leagues!

IAPW-supported youth baseball team hits the big leagues!

Cole Hamels hosted kids from the Dallas/Fort Worth youth baseball team, the Cowtown Outlaws, at Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. He spoke to the kids about the hard work he put in to become the player he is today and stressed the importance of giving back to people who supported him throughout his career. All 38 boys had their hats signed by the 3x All-Star pitcher and later watched the game on behalf of In a Perfect World and the Hamels Foundation.

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IAPW Volunteers invest time in their community’s future


A dozen community members gather at the library Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, sip coffee, socialize, and set up headsets and tape recorders, all in anticipation of the moment a troop of energetic children will bustle into the calm library.

The children come to the Grantsburg Library to work on reading skills, like fluency and comprehension. They utilize the nationally recognized "Read Naturally" materials to strengthen these skills. With the program, students work one-on-one with a volunteer from the local community.

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