Alex Sanger Individual Volunteer Award

IPPF Honors Alexander Sanger with the Individual Volunteer Award


On November 26, 2011 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, the International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) Governing Council presented the IPPF Individual Volunteer Award to Alexander Sanger.

“Because of a small cadre of incredible volunteers, the IPPF was founded to stave off catastrophe,” said Sanger in his acceptance speech. “Because of our volunteers worldwide, we have been the greatest social movement of the 20th Century and are poised, and the world needs us to be, the most effective social movement of the 21st.”

An passionate and dedicated volunteer who is fully committed to IPPF's vision, Alex learned about sexual and reproductive health and rights in the lap of his grandmother Margaret Sanger, who founded the birth control movement in the U.S. and later laid the groundwork for the creation of IPPF.

“Alex is generous with his time and financial resources, and cares about every aspect of IPPF's work,” said IPPF/WHR Regional Director Carmen Barroso. “From writing popular and highly political opinion pieces about sexual and reproductive health and rights to donating a state-of-the-art espresso machine to the IPPF/WHR office in New York City, IPPF staff are extremely grateful for Alex's guidance and support.”

A seasoned and frequent traveler, Alex and uses his remarkable oratorical skills to motivate individuals to support those who are vulnerable and don’t have access to contraception without IPPF's help. He also walks the talk, using creative giving techniques. For example, when Alex recently sold his apartment, he included a generous donation to IPPF in the deal.

Ideas, financial donations, and even coffee: IPPF/WHR is honored to recognize the generous contributions of Alexander Sanger, the recipient of the 2011 Individual Volunteer Award.

To read Alex’s full acceptance speech, click here.

Alex’s recent articles and interviews about his grandmother's strategy to open reproductive health clinics in Brooklyn, Herman Cain's genocide slur, and the danger a personhood amendment poses to common contraceptive methods can be found on the BBC, The Guardian, and the NY Daily News

Contact: Kelly Castagnaro, Senior Communications Officer: 212-214-0297 /

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