Najim Family Foundation: Texas Grants

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.

FUNDING AREAS: Medical needs and research, child abuse and neglect, education, developmental disabilities

IP TAKE: The foundation is accessible, with a website, staff, and is open to LOIs.

PROFILE: Established in December 2006, the Najim Family Foundation is the foundation of the Texas-based Sirius Computer Solutions founder Harvey Najim. Najim founded Star Data Systems, the company’s original name, in 1980 and used $75 million of the proceeds of a financial equity partnership deal to create this foundation. The foundation is “aimed at helping children’s charitable organizations in the greater San Antonio area.” Grantmaking areas of interest include child-related medical needs and research, child abuse and neglect, education, and developmental disabilities.

The Najim Foundation has several grantmaking categories, all involving children and youth. It places a priority on providing basic needs for children, such as food, shelter, clothing, and medial treatment. Past support has also gone to children with developmental disabilities, medical needs and research for children, and child abuse and neglect.

Past grants have often ranged from $100,000 to $3 million. The foundation provides a list of past awarded grants on its website. The funder tends to stick to the San Antonio area of Texas with its grantmaking. This funder does not support multi-year grants, higher education organizations, capital campaigns, galas, or events.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and has an online portal to submit grant applications. Contact the foundation staff with general and grantseeker questions at 210-255-8435 or via email to Melissa Reed at melissa.reed@najimfoundation.org or Kathleen Fenlon at kathleen.fenlon@najimfoundation.org.

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