How Alicia Keys, Sonia Singh, Natalie Hampton and the ETTWomen Foundation are Making An Impact!

Giving back is one of those simple things that can affect our world in a big way. We all want to begin a new year with more meaning in our lives, so get inspired these important causes and their supporters—and learn how you, too, can make a difference!

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Natalie Hampton | Sit With Us

“Sit With Us” is a free iOS mobile app designed by 16-year-old Natalie Hampton, who was inspired by her miserable experiences being bullied in middle school. The verbal taunts and violence were bad enough, but one of the worst things she endured was having to eat lunch alone. After changing schools, whenever she saw someone eating lunch alone, she would invite the person to join her table. Each time, the person’s face would light up with relief. Hampton is committed to making sure other children don’t suffer like she did by allowing kids to find lunch buddies. This seemingly small change in the overall dynamic of a school community can bring about real positivity.

Sonia Singh | Tree Change Dolls

Sonia Singh is an artist, illustrator, scientist, and science communicator based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her Tree Change Dolls® are recycled dolls that reflect real children ready to explore the world. The dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania and have had a lifestyle change, swapping their high-maintenance, high-fashion habits for a more down-to-earth style. Singh repaints the dolls’ faces by hand, molds new feet or shoes, and her mother sews and knits the clothing. After posing some of the first transformed dolls in her garden and posting photographs of them online, Singh triggered a global conversation about the suitability and style of some children’s toys. Tree Change Dolls® donates 20 percent of sales to charity every month. Their latest donation benefitted “The Because I am a Girl” movement, dedicated to ensuring justice and equality so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide, and thrive.

Vanessa Coppes and Lynette Barbieri | ETTWomen Foundation

ETTWomen is a community of women entrepreneurs that networks with intention. Lynette Barbieri and I launched the ETTWomen’s Foundation in 2016 to offer financial, educational, and planning assistance to female victims of domestic violence, as well as emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. (BELLA’s Editor-In-Chief Courtenay Hall is a trustee.) ETTW Foundation also works alongside other women’s nonprofit organizations in New York and New Jersey, inviting women to discover new beginnings, explore entrepreneurship, and navigate life through our unique programs and services from business plan development, career services, self-esteem, mentoring programs, educational workshops, health and wellness services, and more.


Alicia Keys | Keep a Child Alive

Have you ever thought about the children whose lives have been devastated by HIV? Keep a Child Alive is an organization that was created to help children and adults in Africa who have HIV but lack the medications they need to stay alive. In 2003, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys teamed up with AIDS activist Leigh Blake for an emergency push to get these children and families the medicine to which they don’t have access. Keep a Child Alive’s philanthropic success has grown since its inception—enabling the organization to provide critical components necessary for successful, lifelong HIV treatment. These treatments aren’t limited to physical health but also include mental and social well being to make sure children and families are cared for holistically.

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