VanderVault: The Grace VanderWaal Digital Archive


Light Hope Life

The music industry is facing a mental health crisis. Tour Support is looking to change that.

Tour Support is a new program to provide mental health tools & training to touring professionals. Tour Support has formed a partnership with BetterHelp called BetterHelp: Tour Support for tours and vendors to purchase counseling services for artists & their teams.

Little Miracles Foundation

Using proceeds from her America’s Got Talent victory, Grace founded the Little Miracles Foundation in June 2017 to give the gift of music to local districts and communities.

In partnership with musical instrument manufacturers, it works to provide help to under-funded school districts, starting with the East Ramapo, NY school district near her hometown. Securing matching government funding and in partnership with Fender Instruments and Shure Inc. equipment company, Little Miracles has provided instruments, equipment and college scholarships to promote music to young people.

Since 2017, Grace has worked directly with students and teachers, practicing and performing with the Little Miracles Show Choir.

Foundation for a Better Life

The Foundation for a Better Life promotes positive values and motivational messages through the various public-service media efforts of its Pass It On campaign.

Using the generous support of private funding and service contributions from radio and television stations, movie theater chains, and billboard owners, the Foundation for a Better Life has provided award-winning inspirational and encouraging messages to people world-wide.

In 2017, Grace was the subject of a video and billboard campaign promoting Confidence. Narrated by Grace herself, the video encourages setting realistic goals and making strong decisions, and has been viewed more than a million times on her YouTube channel.

LOVELOUD Foundation

LGBTQ+ youth in unaccepting homes and communities are 8 times more likely to die by suicide and 3 times more likely to engage in risky drug use.

To address this stark fact, the mission of the LOVELOUD Foundation is to “ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept and support our LGBTQ+ friends and family.”

Grace supported the foundation by performing at the 2018 LOVELOUD festival, during her summer tour as opening act for Imagine Dragons, whose lead singer Dan Reynolds is the founder of the foundation.

The Art of Elysium

The Art of Elysium works pairing volunteer artists with communities in Los Angeles to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis.

Their programs aid more than 30,000 people a year, providing community art programs and artist services that use the power of art to inspire and educate.

Grace was invited by John Legend to perform at the 11th annual HEAVEN 2018 gala and fundraiser, where she sang “Florets”, Leon Bridges’ “River”, and “Better Life”.

Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission is to collaborate with governments, non-government organizations, and health leaders, to make hearing healthcare services more accessible for people around the world

They operate throughout the world, and to date have given the gift of hearing in more than 100 countries.

Grace performed three songs at Starkey Hearing’s Annual gala in 2017, and in 2018 travelled to Kenya with a Starkey team to help fit hearing aids for people who had not previously been able to hear.

WE makes doing good, doable

The WE Movement aims to help young people create positive social change in their community and around the world.

Every year, across the US, UK and Canada, a series of WE Day events are organized in 17 different cities, focused on youth empowerment. Tens of thousands of young people and teachers gather for these events and schools also organize initiatives aligned with the program.

Grace performed at four different WE Day events in 2017.

True Colors Fund (LGBTQQ Youth Wellness)

The True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth, creating a world where all young people can be their true selves.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQQ youth. The True Colors Fund is committed to changing that.

On December 3, 2016 (the day after releasing her first EP), 12-year-old Grace took the stage with living legend Cyndi Lauper (founder of the True Colors Fund) for this moving duet, singing Cyndi’s 1986 hit ballad.

Special Olympics

For more than half a century, the Special Olympics has been working to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

In March 2017, Grace travelled to the Special Winter Olympics in Vienna, Austria to perform with Jason Mraz during the opening ceremony, and she also gave a solo performance during the closing ceremony, including an unforgettable moment during Light the Sky when audience members transformed the arena into a virtual starry night sky with their flashlights.

One Night for One Drop

The One Drop Foundation’s purpose is to fight the debilitating effects of limited access to clean, safe water in some of the most impoverished parts of the world.

Created by Cirque Du Soliel co-founder Guy Laliberté, the foundation has so far identified and organized efforts to provide access, education and funding for safe water that has helped almost 1 million people in Asia, Africa and Central America.

On March 3rd, 2017 Grace Joined The Tenors, Redfoo, Malevo, and William Shatner as part of Cirque Du Soliel’s fifth annual “One Night for One Drop” fundraiser performance at the Zumanity Theatre in Las Vegas, singing “Light the Sky” in full Harlequin costume and makeup.

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