Sandler Foundation

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Sandler Foundation is a charitable foundation formed in 1991 with support from Herb Sandler ( and Marion Sandler ( Additional information about the Sandler Foundation can be found at

In 2006, the Sandlers made a contribution of $1.3 billion to the foundation, which was the second largest American charitable contribution of 2006.[1] Sandler Foundation is a spend-down foundation, consistent with the Sandlers' commitment to give away their wealth to charity.[2]

Sandler Foundation's mission is to be a catalyst to strengthen the progressive infrastructure, expose corruption and abuse, advocate for vulnerable and exploited people and environments, and advance scientific research in neglected areas.[3]

A 2008 New York Times article notes that the foundation has provided substantial support to several nonprofit organizations, including ProPublica, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Responsible Lending, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as other nonprofit organizations that conduct research in parasitic diseases, asthma (the American Asthma Foundation), and basic science (UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research).[4]

Sandler Foundation also helped establish the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley[5], the Sandler Asthma Basic Research Center at UCSF[6], and the Sandler Center for Drug Discovery at UCSF (previously the Sandler Center for Basic Research in Parasitic Diseases)[7].

Sandler Foundation has been identified as a supporter of other charitable work, including:

  • A Johns Hopkins University national effort to reduce central-line associated bloodstream infections [8]
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts' "Safe Credit Cards Project"[9]
  • Public Library of Science (PLoS)[10]
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities[11]
  • National Center for Youth Law[12]
  • Oceana[13]
  • Earthjustice[14]
  • Free Press[15]
  • PICO National Network[16]
  • Tax Policy Center[17]

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