Jay Azar has worked with clients in the not-for-proﬁt sector for more than 25 years, providing an array of audits, reviews, A-133 single audits, operational (internal controls) reviews and consulting engagements to a wide variety of organizations.
Jay is considered an expert in not-for-proﬁt accounting and has chaired / led many accounting technical teams over the years. He has extensive experience with membership organizations, private higher education organizations, public / private foundations, healthcare entities and religious organizations.
The Right Fit
Throughout his career, Jay has worked in small, large and regional ﬁrms. He got his start in Boston, not far from his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. After a particularly miserable East Coast winter, Jay found himself longing for sunshine, so he packed it up in 2005 and made the trek to California. In 2014, he happily landed at Lindquist, where he feels he can make a positive impact on the ﬁrm and its clients.
“I’ve worked in big firms where you don’t always know who your co-workers are, it’s nice to be in a firm like Lindquist where you know all the people you’re working with,” says Jay.
What Drives Jay…
“My favorite thing about working with nonproﬁts is that the people are dedicated to what they’re doing. Our clients are concerned about their organizations and their missions—that’s their goal. Their goal isn’t to see how much money they can make for shareholders. They’re only concerned with the success of their organization’s programs.”
Jay enjoys working with all nonproﬁts, but those organizations that support children and education hold a special place in his heart.
An educator himself, Jay teaches a class on, “Governmental and Nonproﬁt Accounting” at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. He loves seeing the light bulbs go off in his students’ heads when they ﬁnally ‘get’ something.
Jay says, “Often the students hear terms like ‘endowment fund’ out in real life, and they really don’t quite understand what the terms mean or how they tie to accounting. And when they do put two and two together, it’s fun to watch.”
My favorite thing about working with nonproﬁts is that the people are dedicated to what they’re doing. Our clients are concerned about their organizations and their missions—that’s their goal. Their goal isn’t to see how much money they can make for shareholders. They’re only concerned with the success of their organization’s programs.
In his spare time, Jay can be found working in the yard or driving one of his cars. He has a passion for old cars and currently owns two of them.
“I have an old ’69 P1800 (a little Volvo sports car), and I have an old ’76 Cadillac Coupe Deville, which is 20 feet long and gets seven miles per gallon. I like to drive around in those on weekend mornings and tinker with them.”
B.S., Business Administration, University of Rhode Island
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