Ben Sax, Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group in New York City, has been announced as one of three national finalists for the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the eleventh annual Invest in Others Awards. Sax is being honored for his work with the Anti- Defamation League, which will receive a $5,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. If Sax wins his category, the donation will increase to $25,000.
The Invest in Others Awards program recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors and financial services firms in communities across the country and around the world. Advisors are nominated by their peers for actively giving back to non-profits to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others. There are five award categories for advisors and two for financial services companies.
Invest in Others received hundreds of nominations this year and finalists were selected based on their leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration, and impact on a non-profit and the community it serves. Nominations were blindly reviewed by a diverse panel of judges representing industry associations and national media outlets.
In the mid-1990s, Ben Sax’s hometown of Larchmont, experienced acts of anti-Semitic vandalism. Swastikas and anti-Semitic phrases were spray painted on municipal buildings and the homes of Jewish families. This event inspired Sax to get involved with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), whose mission involves stopping the defamation of the Jewish people and securing justice and fair treatment to all. The organization is responsible for training tens of thousands of people - from law enforcement professionals to students - every year on topics related to civil rights, lessons from the Holocaust, anti-bullying and discrimination.
For nearly three decades, Sax has worked with the ADL to fight all forms of anti-Semitism and bigotry while defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all. Sax is currently a member of the ADL’s National Advisory Committee and also serves as the ADL’s National Chair of Development, where he is tasked with raising $50+ million in annual revenue and $100+ million in endowment funds. Leading by example, Sax successfully encourages individuals to give generously.
In addition to serving as a fundraising champion, Sax previously chaired the NY Regional Board, teaches an annual class on financial literacy to ADL’s summer interns, and travels to Washington D.C. each year to meet with legislators on advocacy fly-in days. He’s also passionate about recruiting the next generation of volunteer leadership to the ADL, actively traveling around the country to meet with groups of individuals in their 20s and 30s to encourage them to get involved with the organization.
Sax is also on the Endowment Committee for the Larchmont Temple. He has a deep appreciation for the arts, enjoying theater, music, film and the visual arts. His two children are professional artists, one an actor/musician/writer, the other a poet/writer and his wife Hollis, is a photographer. In his free time, Sax enjoys playing golf, tennis, and paddle tennis. He earned his B.A. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Awards will be presented at the eleventh annual Invest in Others Awards Gala, a premier event attended by nearly 600 financial advisors and financial services executives, on September 28, 2017 in New York City.
The inspiration for the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation came directly from the financial advisors who invest in others by giving back to their communities with overwhelming generosity and dedication. Since its founding in 2006, Invest in Others has amplified these efforts by providing a platform for advisors to increase awareness, visibility, and funding to their favorite non-profits.
For more information, visit www.investinothers.org.