Today, 15-year-old, Toni Cornell donated $20,000 of proceeds from her cover with her dad, Chris Cornell, of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” to The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support The International Rescue Committee (IRC). Listen to the song here. Toni is continuing her dad’s mission in supporting the IRC and its work for the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helping people to survive and rebuild their lives. The last trip Toni and Chris took together was in 2017 to visit refugee camps in Athens, Greece—a trip Toni has continued to take every year since. The proceeds from Chris’ song “The Promise” also went to the IRC. In addition, Toni has donated the proceeds from her song released in November and produced by her dad, “Far Away Places” to the NYSPCC.
The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation was created to protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Since Chris’s untimely and tragic death the Foundation continues to support organizations that focus on protecting these children. In the last two years, the Foundation has focused its efforts into working closely with several organizations to do important philanthropic work; ranging from addressing human rights issues, advocating for addiction rehabilitation programs, and investing in mental health support.
Vicky Cornell has been leading the Foundation’s efforts. Through her efforts the Foundation has created and funded the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven in Seattle, WA; Raised over 1 million dollars and founded The Chris Cornell Scholarship Fund at UCLA for students studying human rights law, a scholarship that remains in perpetuity in Chris’s honor and memory; Raised over $1.3 million at the Chris Cornell Tribute Concert, the star studded concert event that was held in Los Angeles in 2019 and Donated $650,000 to Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF) to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa.
In late 2019 Vicky Cornell was the recipient of “The Strength of our Society Award” from the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), which the Foundation donated over $100,000 to the to support programs preventing abuse and neglect of children and help them heal.
Vicky has been instrumental in calling attention to the disease of addiction and working to help raise awareness around mental health and addiction. She created, along with the Addiction Policy Forum, the ARC (Addicts Rehabilitation Center), an online source for families and people struggling with addiction, where families and individuals can find help and resources and launched the first real hotline for addiction that is staffed 24/7 with trained clinicians. She also teamed up with Live Nation to launch Tour Support, a program offering critical resources to promote mental wellness in the live music business. The Foundation raised over $50,000 for the teen and adolescent program within the Phoenix House, a nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization.
She has been vocal about ending the over prescribing of prescription drugs and demanding mandatory curriculum on addiction for all medical schools and fighting the stigma by understanding and treating addiction as a disease. Cornell and Foundation work with the UN and Congress to recognize addiction as a world health issue the foundation continues to keep the promise for Chris. The United Nations and WHO recognized the overprescribing of prescription meds as a world health issue.
In 2020 Vicky and the Foundation will continue to focus its work on addiction by helping to create legislation on changing laws around medical practices in relation to addiction; Working with and donating to MusiCares MAP Fund, a charity arm of the Recording Academy dedicated to addiction recovery treatment; focusing on forming mandatory curricula on addiction in all medical schools, since currently only 8% of schools have such requirements; changing the process of informed consent for controlled substances and helping to change stigma around addiction to allow for the open communication necessary for treatment.
Vicky will also focus on human rights issues by visiting and helping with programs supporting refugees who have fled the horrific violence; raising awareness and ending human trafficking; creating support and working with other organizations to help prevent and treat child abuse and trauma and continually raising awareness and funds to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa.
For more information about The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation please visit: chrisandvickycornellfoundation.org