Judge Ginsburg legacy of education and empowerment honored in new campaign to support children and families in need

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SOS Children’s Villagesworld’s largest organization dedicated to caring for children deprived of parental care or at risk of losing it, announces auction of items from the estate of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) to benefit programs that align with its values, supporting education and family economic empowerment. Following the judge’s death, items from her personal estate were donated to SOS Children’s Villages and will now be auctioned to establish The RBG Endowment Fund.

One of Judge Ginsburg’s famous necklaces, embroidered with ‘It’s not a sacrifice, it’s a family’, a quote from her late husband, Marty Ginsburg, will be auctioned off by Bonhams to help establish the RBG endowment fund for SOS Children’s Villages.

Judge Ginsburg donated part of its Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture 2019 to SOS Children’s Villages UNITED STATES. Her European heritage and experiences also connect her to SOS Children’s Villages around the world, including Austria, Sweden and Ukraine.

Bonhams, one of the world’s most renowned fine art and collectibles auctioneers, will host the online auction of nearly 100 personal items from Judge Ginsburg collection. This auction will be the final public offering from his personal estate, offering a rare opportunity to own historic items and iconic fashion pieces including an embroidered collar, gold beaded collar, embroidered shawl, leather gloves, lace and a wooden hammer. The online auction will open for auction on for 10 days from Wednesday, September 7 through Friday September 16.

SOS Children’s Villages UNITED STATES will celebrate and honor the life of Judge Ginsburg throughout the online auction period on its social media channels with tributes from friends and supporters everywhere, encouraging people from all walks of life to express what Judge Ginsburg meant for them. Visit Facebook, Twitter, instagram and LinkedIn to be continued. The climax of the bidding period will coincide with Constitution Day (September 17) and mark the second anniversary of Judge Ginsburg who passed (September 18).

“SOS Children’s Villages is touched by the sponsorship of such an emblematic figure. Judge Ginsburg worked for a long time and with passion for its values”, declares Cameron SchmidtPresident of SOS Children’s Villages UNITED STATES Board of Directors. “We hope his inspiring example will encourage commitment to this campaign and support from his admirers to continue his legacy of caring for those in need, in our case millions of vulnerable children around the world.”

The RBG Endowment Fund will be governed by a dedicated committee made up of SOS Children’s Villages UNITED STATES leaders, members of Judge Ginsburg family and other guests. Each year, 5.5% of the RBG Endowment Fund will be directed to one or more specific programs in the SOS Children’s Villages portfolio. Apolitical and non-sectarian, the holistic programs of SOS Children’s Villages are designed to ensure lasting impact and focus on children and their families in all aspects of life, as well as to strengthen the communities in which they live.

“RBG wanted everyone to be empowered through education and a strong family foundation,” says Patrice Michaux, Judge Ginsburg daughter-in-law and member of SOS Children’s Villages UNITED STATES Advisory Board. “The RBG Endowment Fund will continue its legacy of forward-thinking service for years to come, strengthening the people and systems that support the next generation of notable thinkers and doers.”

Visit The RBG Endowment Fund to learn more and make a donation.

About SOS Children’s Villages

Founded in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest organization working to ensure that children and young people without parental care – or at risk of losing it – grow up with the care, relationships and support they have. need to become the strongest themselves. SOS Children’s Villages builds loving and stable families for vulnerable children in 138 countries and territories. As well as providing family care for children who would otherwise grow up alone, SOS Children’s Villages supports vulnerable families so children can stay with their caregivers and helps young people on their way to adulthood. Through family-strengthening programs, long-term care for children, education, job training and emergency relief efforts, SOS Children’s Villages provides support that changes every year. the lives of more than one million children and families around the world. Visit to learn more.

About Bonhams

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the largest and most renowned auctioneers in the world, offering fine art and collectibles, motor cars and a luxury division, including jewellery, watches , wine and whiskey. The main auction rooms are located in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and hong kongwith auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh and sydney. With a global network of regional offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advisory and valuation services in 53 specialist areas. For a full list of upcoming auctions, as well as details of specialist Bonhams departments, please visit



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