Harvey E. Najim founded Star Data Systems in 1980. He renamed the company Sirius Computer Solutions in 1991. In November 2006, the company entered into a partnership with Thoma Bravo, a Private Equity Firm. The proceeds from this transaction enabled Mr. Najim to start his Foundation.
Mr. Najim is a member of the Board of Directors of United Way and Haven for Hope. He was the 2014 Campaign Chair for United Way and raised $55 million. He served as the Chairman of the Board of United Way in 2016 – 2017. He also chaired the Bexar County Children’s Agenda in 2016 – 2017, which resulted in “Growing Healthy, Happy, Ready Children in Bexar County”.
Mr. Najim used $75 million of the proceeds from a financial equity partnership transaction in November 2006 to initially create the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation. Established in December 2006, the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation is aimed at helping children’s charitable organizations in the greater San Antonio area with food, shelter, clothing, medical treatment, special needs, homelessness and early childhood education.
In July 2010, Mr. Najim added another $7 million to the foundation in honor of his 70th birthday. In December 2013, Mr. Najim added another $2 million to the foundation. In December 2015 when he retired from Sirius after 35 years, he added another $41 million, making the total contribution to the foundation $125 million since its inception. He has also pledged another $200 million to the foundation from his estate upon his death.
Recipients of funds will include 501 (c) (3) public charities that advance children’s education, children’s medical treatment, and other children’s charitable purposes. Grants will be awarded by the foundation’s Selection Committee which consists of Mr. Najim, his two daughters and a Board of Directors.
Since 2007, The Najim Family Foundation and Mr. Najim, personally have given out approximately $109 million in Grants and Pledges during the past 11 years, approximately $30.2 million in the last 2 years alone. He has also pledged another $250 million to the foundation over the next 10 – 15 years.
In 2019, The Harvey E. Najim “Family” Foundation changed it’s name and is now known as The Harvey E. Najim “Charitable” Foundation!! The word “Charitable” truly describes the nature of the foundation and Mr. Najim’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and those in need in San Antonio.
The Najim Charitable Foundation Core Values
Passion for All Children
Partnerships with Non-Profit Organizations
Believing in Every Child’s Dreams
Education for Every Child
Medical Care for Every Child
“For more than thirty years, I have been focused on building and creating a successful business,” said Najim. “This foundation allows me to move from being a successful business leader to becoming a community leader focused on the needs of others.”HARVEY E. NAJIMFounder, Najim Family Foundation