In A Perfect World

Inspire, Empower, Impact

aka IAPW   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.iapw.org
This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).

Mission

OUR MISSION is to inspire and empower the next generation with the opportunity, tools, and voice to make an impact on the world.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder & President

Manuela Testolini

Main address

8491 W. Sunset Blvd. Box 515

Los Angeles, CA 90069 USA

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EIN

20-4083846

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At In a Perfect World (IAPW) we envision a world where all people realize they have the power to make meaningful change. We inspire and empower the next generation with the opportunity, tools and voice to make an impact on the world around them. Our programs lead the next generation to become change-makers in their community by providing access to education and cultivating creativity, social consciousness and leadership. More than a charity, we’re a movement

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

IAPW Ambassadors

Our Youth Ambassador program offers young people a wonderful opportunity to serve as liaisons between community youth and the IAPW® Foundation, and to actively represent their region for a one year term. Skilled volunteers responsible for keeping in contact with IAPW® alumni and coordinating projects to improve their community, ambassadors will work in a broad range of areas that include health, environment, gender, justice, and education. Youth are powerful advocates for any cause! Let's encourage all young people to take action and make a difference.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

REACH - RURAL EDUCATION & COMMUNITY HARMONY
 
Education empowers children to reach their fullest potential and secure
a brighter future. Many children in rural communities of developing
countries either cannot afford to attend school or attend rundown
schools that are crowded and dark. IAPW is helping break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by constructing and renovating schools in the world’s most economically poor countries. Through our partnership with buildOn, IAPW has built 15 schools in Mali, Malawi, Senegal, Haiti, Nicaragua and Nepal, hosting over 2,500 students.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Through our Dreamcatchers program, In a Perfect World supports community-based organizations and educators that implement innovative strategies and programs designed to allow youth to express themselves about issues that impact their lives and to reach their full potential.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

The Love 4 One Another® Project highlights initiatives established by In a Perfect World in Prince’s honor. It also allows supporters to see the collective impact of their contributions. L4OA’s first accomplishments include constructing two schools in Malawi, Africa in 2016, now hosting more than 500 children, as well as initiatives bringing arts and music education to low-income students in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Great NonProfit Award 2018

Great NonProfit Award 2020

Great NonProfit Award 2019

Affiliations & memberships

Board Source 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students with access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

REACH

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of schools built worldwide.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

REACH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of girls enrolled in IAPW schools

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

REACH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In the developing world, girls are often excluded from attending school. Communities where In a Perfect World funds school must agree to send boys and girls to school in equal numbers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In our perfect world, young people are inspired to use their voice and equipped to make
meaningful change. IAPW supports educators & children in underserved classrooms, provides
mentorship & artistic expression to at-risk youth, builds schools in some of the poorest
countries in the world, and prepares young people to take action and make a difference.

IAPW is a convener. We collaborate with existing, effective organizations whose missions align
with ours, rather than creating competing programs. Working alongside partner organizations to
amplify our impact, expand our reach, and stretch the donor dollar even further.

We have a skilled team through which we are able to accomplish our goals. We also cover 100% of our administrative costs so that 100% of public donations go directly to our programs.

We empower Youth Ambassadors to be the change through youth-led, youth-driven service, impacting thousands of people in need.

We have funded over 30 schools in 8 different countries, bringing thousands of students into the classroom.

We have supported over 500 high-poverty classrooms between Los Angeles, Minneapolis & Washington, D.C.

We have positively impacted more than 38,000 children worldwide

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have expanded our volunteer activities based on the feedback from the community that they would like more opportunities to get involved. We also collect feedback from our Youth Ambassadors and their parents, to ensure that we are not only meeting their needs but also fulfilling our mission to create the next generation of leaders. Overseas, we conducted surveys and community meetings and vision workshops to determine what needs we were meeting and what we could do to enhance our programmatic work in the community. This led us towards our 360 community self-reliance pilot projects in Malawi, addressing barriers to education so that we can ensure the success of our schools.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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In A Perfect World

Board of directors
as of 6/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Norman Bailey

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Norman Bailey

no affiliation

Christine Onesky

no affiliation

Manuela Testolini

CEO - Gamillah, Inc.

Andy Taylor

VP - Sotheby's Canada

Linda Livingston

no affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/06/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.