OVERVIEW: The Najim Family Foundation supports various public charities in Greater San Antonio that advance children’s issues, including education, medical treatment, medical research for illnesses and diseases affecting children, and other children’s charitable purposes. Since 2007, the Najim Family Foundation and Najim have given out approximately $65 million in grants and pledges to close to 200 different children's charitable organizations.
FUNDING AREAS: Medical Needs & Research, Child Abuse & Neglect, Education, Developmental Disabilities.
IP TAKE: The foundation is accessible, with a website, staff, and is open to LOIs.
PROFILE: The Najim Family Foundation was established in 2006 with a donation of $75 million from Texas-based Sirius Computer Solutions Founder Harvey Najim.
The good news for grantseekers is that the foundation is accessible, with a website and small staff. The foundation is also open to LOIs. Organizations located in and serving children in the following counties will be considered for funding from the Najim Family Foundation: Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson. The Najim Family Foundation notes that it "does not provide funding to higher education organizations or toward higher education, for capital campaigns/expenditures, and multi-year requests."
The Najim Foundation has several grantmaking categories, all involving children and youth. Recent money out of the foundation's "Medical Needs and Medical Research" program has gone to Texas outfits such as Miracle League of San Antonio, and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System received $3 million in 2013, and Santa Rosa Children's Hospital in San Antonio received $250,000 in the 2013 fiscal year.
The Najim Family Foundation has also supported children through two grantmaking categories: Child Abuse & Neglect and Improving the Lives of Children. Recent support includes funding for Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, Family Violence Prevention Services, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, Boysville, (described as a comprehensive, residential care facility in south Texas, providing support and a home for children,) and SAMMinistries, which tackles homelessness in San Antonio. Najim also helped create the Harvey E. Najim Hope Center at the San Antonio Children's Shelter, "a specialized outpatient mental health clinic that provides accessible mental health services for children and families as a result of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment." The Hope Center officially opened its doors in October of 2015.
Education outfits in Texas have also been supported. Recent grantees include University of Texas Foundation, Idea Public Schools (which received a $115,000 grant in the 2013 fiscal year), Junior Achievement of South Texas, various Texas chapters of the dropout prevention organization Communities in Schools, and KIPP Aspire Academy, which received $200,000 in the 2013 fiscal year.
The Najim Family Foundation also funds outfits that support children with developmental disabilities. Grantees include special education school The Arc of San Antonio, and Any Baby Can Austin and Any Baby Can San Antonio, which "offers a wide variety of services to serve families of children with chronic illness or disability."
- Melissa Bauman, Executive Director
- Kathleen Fenlon, Grants Manager (N-Z Organizations)
- Lia Payne, Grants Manager (A-M Organizations)
- Harvey E. Najim, Director