Important Announcement!

Important Announcement!

Taken from a newsletter that went out to all The Life You Can Save subscribers on the 27th January 2021:

My 21 month old granddaughter Rosalee often encourages me to “lean back” by which she means lie down and relax. I plan to take her advice literally and figuratively, so after eight years as Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, I have decided to “lean back” some more and, therefore, change my role in the organization. Rickard Vikstrom, our Managing Director, has been named by the Board to become our Executive Director beginning in February. I will continue to be a Board member, a member of our new Development Board, a significant donor, and a participant in our marketing strategy and communications.

Rickard has been with The Life You Can Save for three years. He is well-equipped for his new role with 12 years of experience in the nonprofit space — much of that experience with UNICEF. Most importantly, he is well-respected and well-liked by our Team and the Board and is very much aligned with our mission and overall strategy. Rickard will be ably assisted by Stacey Black, who will move from Marketing Director to Deputy Director, a role in which she will assume broader responsibilities.

Working with Peter Singer and helping to develop The Life You Can Save has been, other than raising our two wonderful children with my amazing wife, by far the most rewarding experience of my life! I am 71 now and Diana has just retired as a family doctor, so in addition to supporting Rickard, Stacey, and the rest of the Team, my plan is to spend more time with my family, as well as walking, enjoying nature, reading, and doing some long-awaited travel in a post-Covid environment, hopefully.

I want to thank all of our supporters, and especially our Team, including our Board (Peter Singer, Neela Saldanha) for the work they do to assist our great recommended nonprofits. My hope and belief is that the impact of The Life You Can Save and Peter Singer’s ideas about our opportunity and obligation to help people living in extreme poverty will impact millions of people over the next many years.

Do Good. Feel Good.

Charlie Bresler

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Charles Bresler

Co-founder, Board Member

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology, Charlie Bresler became director of behavioral medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F), where he was a full-time professor and founder of a teaching clinic for anxiety & stress disorders. In 1993, he was recruited by The Men’s Wearhouse, where he went on to be head of human resources, stores, marketing, and, ultimately, president. He stepped down in 2008 to fulfill his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, not too long after he read Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save. Catalyzed by the concept, Charlie reached out to Peter and proposed combining Peter’s theory with the formation of a nonprofit to advance Peter’s ideas and to raise money for high-impact, cost-effective organizations. Together, they founded The Life You Can Save, where Charlie took on all organizational operations as executive director until 2024. He was supported in this work and in his financial support for the organization by his wife Diana, a family physician, and executed the role pro bono.

The views expressed in blog posts are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Peter Singer or The Life You Can Save.