FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 8, 2009
[NEW YORK, NY] - The Global Justice Center proudly announces the establishment of the Michael Sandler Fund for Global Justice. Michael Sandler was the Founding Board Chair of the Global Justice Center and gave $650,000 to support pre-founding pilot projects and the initial start up funding to the Center. In just three years, his investment promoted gender justice and the highest global legal standards for equality. The fund seeks to honor his lifetime commitment to social justice issues by matching the $650,000 that he gave to the Global Justice Center in the last years of his life.
Michael Sandler was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. He received his JD and MBA from the University of Iowa and co-founded Focused Investors, an investment management firm based in Los Angeles. Michael was a great humanitarian, philanthropist and strong advocate of human rights. He was the founding President of the Global Justice Center Board and served on the Board of the Iowa Law School Foundation. He was also a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Michael embraced life with passion, and loved nature, traveling and wildlife photography.
The founding of the Global Justice Center was made possible by his faith, foresight, and financial support. The fund will support the work of the Global Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) organization that in including in Burma, Iraq, Colombia and Sierra Leone