The Founders’ Award

Announcing the 2023 Founders’ Award!

Sax is thrilled to offer local not-for-profits the chance to win a $20,000 unrestricted gift to support their organization’s mission through the firm’s beloved Founders’ Award.

This year’s theme is ACCESSIBILITY!


Stability, strength, and continued growth and success have been the pillars of SAX’s standard of client service since 1956. SAX Founders – Sander Sax, Morris Macy, and Egon Fromm – inspired the vision of advancing clients forward by advising them in the key areas critical to their success. This is the cornerstone of how SAX does business today.


SAX is a champion of nonprofits and The Founders’ Award is a vehicle in which we can honor the values of our Founders by empowering and supporting those organizations in ways that ensure their continued existence and positive impact on our world.


The theme of the 2024 Founders’ Award is: Empowerment

Definition: The process of equipping individuals and groups with the resources, skills, knowledge, and opportunities necessary to take control of their own lives and advocate for their needs and rights, resulting in positive change.

How a nonprofit incorporates empowerment into its mission and operations is critical for shaping the future of its organization.

We welcome you to submit a non-professional video – five (5) minutes max – responding to four (4) specific questions provided by SAX for your chance to win a $20,000 gift to support your mission.



Complete the application form and upload the following application components by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2024. No late entries will be considered.

  • One (1) high-resolution file of your organization’s logo
  • Three (3) photos demonstrating your organizations efforts to empower the community
  • Non-professional video, no longer than 5 minutes in length, answering the following questions:
  1. How does your nonprofit define empowerment within the context of your community?
  2. What specific strategies or programs do you employ to facilitate empowerment among community members?
  3. Can you provide examples of individuals or groups within your community who have experienced tangible empowerment through your organization’s efforts?
  4. What are your organization’s future plans and aspirations regarding empowerment initiatives within the community?

Submission for the 2024 Founders’ Award will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2024. No late entries will be considered.

To learn more about the judging process, tips for video recording, the format for the celebratory event, and more, please read through our Founders’ Award FAQs here.


1st place: $20,000 unrestricted gift

2nd place: Mission Moment video package provided by Beard and Bowler Productions

3rd place: $5,000 unrestricted gift


The Top 75 applicants will be formally invited to the Founders’ Award celebratory breakfast to be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2024 in New Jersey, where the winner will be announced. Only one (1) representative from each organization is permitted to attend, and attendees must be either a C-suite executive or Board member to receive the award.

  • June 14, 2024:  Application Deadline
  • August 2024:  Formal Invites to Top 75 Applicants
  • September 10, 2024 | NJ:  Presentation of Founders’ Award

Have any questions? Please reach out to [email protected]

Event Sponsors

Get a glimpse of the 2023 Founders’ Award Celebratory Event in this recap video, courtesy of our partners at Beard and Bowler Productions.

Past Winners

2023 Winners

2023 Winner (Recipient of $20,000): Family Promise of Morris County
Second Place (Winner of a video package by Beard and Bowler Productions): Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children
Third Place (Winner of $5,000): Team Wilderness


2022 Winners

2022 Winner (Recipient of $15,000): Popcorn for the People;
Second Place (Winner of 40 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Ethan and the Bean;
Third Place (Winner of 25 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Roots and Wings

popcorn for the people[1]
ethan and the bean[1]

2021 Winners

2021 Winner (Recipient of $15,000): Fighting Children’s Cancer;
Second Place (Winner of 40 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Family Promise Inc.;
Third Place (Winner of 25 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter

Fighting Children's Cancer Foundation
Family Promise
Paralyzed Veterans of America. Buckeye Chapter

2019 Winners

2019 Winner (Recipient of $15,000): NJ Sharing Network;
Second Place (Winner of 40 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Garden Academy;
Third Place (Winner of 25 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Eden II Programs

NJ Sharing Network logo
Garden Academy logo
Eden II Programs logo

2018 Winners

2018 Winner (Recipient of $15,000): Oasis – a Haven for Women and Children;
Second Place (40 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): the Jed Foundation;
Third Place (25 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Homesharing, Inc.

Oasis a Haven for Women and Children
The Jed Foundation logo
Homesharing Inc.

2017 Winners

2017 Winner (Recipient of $15,000): Imagine, NJ;
Second Place (40 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Partners for Women and Justice;
Third Place (25 Volunteer Hours Donated by Sax): Spectrum360

Imagine. A Center for coping with loss
Partners for Women and Justice
Spectrum 360. Options across a lifetime
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