Sax LLP’s Founder’s Award Gifted $15,000 to the Nonprofit, Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children, for Efforts Towards Inspiration

Clifton, NJ – February 13, 2019:   Sax LLP, a leading accounting, tax and advisory firm recently held its second annual Founder’s Award ceremony which celebrated the good work of local nonprofits and awarded one organization with a $15,000 unrestricted gift for best efforts towards inspiring others.

Sax’s Not-for-Profit Practice initiated the application process and nearly 150 nonprofit organizations submitted essays and/or videos for their chance to win the award by explaining how their organization inspires those around them.  Five (5) independent judges went through the submissions in a thorough, independent review process to determine the winner who was announced at the Founder’s Award ceremony on January 24, 2019 at Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, NJ.

The top 75 not-for-profit organizations who applied attended the event which was designed to be a true celebration of local nonprofits and their missions.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a full-service Insurance and Risk Management broker whose expertise include Health and Property & Casualty services, was the event’s Community Partner.  The Gallagher Nonprofit Practice works to address the needs of nonprofit organizations and social service organizations in our immediate area.

The Founder’s Award event included Todd Smith as Keynote Speaker.  Todd is an inspirational author, and seasoned business owner and advisor.  He has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Community Hope for seven years.


Winner Announcement

The Founder’s Award event concluded with the award ceremony and announced Oasis – a Haven for Women and Children as the judges’ selection for the 2018 Founder’s Award and walked away with a $15,000 check to support their mission to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower those in need.

“Oasis is so grateful to the be the recipient of Sax’s Founder’s Award this year.   This award will enable us to further our mission to help women and children in Paterson, NJ rise out of poverty through education and holistic programs that take away the stumbling blocks and empower success,” said Jennifer Brady, Executive Director of Oasis – a Haven for Women and Children.  “It is the 700 women and children who walk through our doors each day looking for hope and help that motivate us to do more and to be better. This award will help to ensure we can respond to the needs of this community and help some of our most vulnerable neighbors create brighter futures.  Thank you to Sax for the support of our organization and recognizing our efforts to inspire others!”

Todd Polyniak, Partner at Sax, conceptualized the Founder’s Award and ceremony as one that would honor the principles of Sax’s Founders – Sander Sax, Morris Macy and Egon Fromm – who inspired the vision of propelling organizations forward by supporting their success.  He also made sure this event was a celebration of not-for-profit organizations who do so much for so many on so little.

“I would love to see all our competition imitate this event.  If I can spur people into copying us, and donating money to not-for-profits, great – because this event was to help people.  The for-profit world needs to support the not-for-profit world because their positive impact benefits us all,” said Polyniak.

In addition to the Founder’s Award winner, two (2) runner-up organizations were selected for their efforts towards inspiration.  Second place and 40 volunteer hours towards their mission was awarded to The Jed Foundation who works to equip America’s teens and young adults with the skills and support they need to grow into healthy, thriving adults.  Third place and 25 volunteer hours towards their mission was awarded to Home Sharing, Inc., who works to prevent homelessness through shared affordable housing.


About Sax LLP

Founded in 1956, Sax LLP is a multi-disciplinary, forward-thinking accounting, tax and advisory firm serving the needs of privately held companies, family-owned businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and high-net-worth individuals for over 60 years.  With offices in Clifton, NJ, Pennington, NJ and New York City, NY, Sax has the industry expertise to serve clients in our largest vertical markets, including but not limited to: Real Estate, Construction, Manufacturing & Distribution, Healthcare, and Not-for-Profit.  In addition, Sax provides added value to clients with services like Cybersecurity and Managed IT, Employee Benefit Plan audits, Valuation, Forensic & Litigation, and Wealth Management.  Sax has been ranked among the Top Accounting Firms by NJBIZ, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) and Accounting Today.