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.

Our Team Grew!

We welcomed our Development Director, Diana Villarreal and promoted our former youth ambassador, Kelsy Dominick, to our advisory board.

IAPW team

We Expanded

We funded 6 new schools in 6 different countries, bringing our total number of schools funded to 19 worldwide. Amongst those are our first schools in Nepal and Burkina Faso.

nepal school children

We got our hands dirty…

Our Founder, Manuela Testolini, her husband Eric Benet, & the IAPW team traveled to Haiti to visit our schools there and to participate in the installation of solar panels on our school in the village of Marc. Check out our adventure here!

school in haiti

We empowered through the arts…

This year we continued our support for Free Arts Minnesota’s weekly mentoring program for homeless and runaway youth for the 5th straight year, bringing the healing powers of relationships and artistic expression to homeless and runaway youth.

free arts program

We invested in the future

2015 brought about several new partnerships. We cleared the path to college with Capital Partners for Education and built confidence and community with Project Hope International and the Cowtown Outlaws.

Capital Partners for Education

We lent a hand…

We continued our support of the afterschool reading program in Grantsburg, WIand funded the construction of the In a Perfect World library at Horton’s Kids in Washington, DC, allowing us to reach and empower more of our youth.

Horton’s Kids

We were honored

We achieved Top NonProfit status with Great NonProfits & were awarded the GuideStar Gold Seal for transparency. The Gold Level is GuideStar’s highest level attainable, and is awarded to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a commitment to transparency and accountability. This year, 2,106 nonprofits received Gold Level recognition, out of more than 1.8 million nonprofits in the United States.


We Celebrated!

In December, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of In a Perfect World surrounded by friends, family & supporters. In 10 years, we’ve gone from arts festivals for kids in foster care to funding schools around the world. 2015 was our biggest year yet! Thank you to every one of you who helped to make it possible.

IAPW celebration

2015 was our biggest year yet! Thank to every one of you who helped to make it possible.


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