Philanthropic Collaboration Nearly Triples Santikos Gift

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 30, 2018) – Harvey E. Najim watched as the announcement was made about the recent John L. Santikos Capital Naming Rights gift. He was happy for the six nonprofits who received the $3 million gift but felt compassion for the other deserving nonprofits who did not.  That’s when the revered community philanthropist picked up the phone and called the San Antonio Area Foundation. Now, many of these nonprofits will also receive the financial resources they need to continue providing valuable services to our community.

Najim, who has a donor-advised fund at the Area Foundation, was interested in amplifying the giving process. Knowing the Area Foundation’s core competency is understanding the intricate needs of the nonprofit ecosystem, he asked to identify nonprofits from the list making a positive impact on children’s lives. His gift has exceeded what the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation recently granted in capital gifts.

“I asked the Area Foundation for applicants to their grant process who represented unmet needs for children and youth in our community,” said Najim. “I wanted to take strong business practices and apply them to philanthropy by identifying how my fund could collaboratively magnify the impact made. As a result, I was able to provide $3.5 million in funding to an additional seven nonprofits, without any extra work on the part of the nonprofits involved,” Najim shared.

Another philanthropic entity joined the mix. The Valero Energy Foundation (VEF)  provided a $2  million gift to another deserving nonprofit from the capital naming rights process. In total, $8.5 million is being awarded to 14 nonprofits.

“We’ve created an intentional strategy to inform our fund advisors like Harvey of unmet needs and how they can magnify their giving,” said Becca Brune, president and chief operating officer for the San Antonio Area Foundation. “The strategic effort to share our knowledge of the nonprofit ecosystem just resulted in our original $3 million in capital funding being nearly tripled by Harvey Najim and the Valero Energy Foundation,” Brune added. 

So how can a community foundation amplify and create collaborative grant-making? The capital naming rights process is one example. The process started earlier in 2018 and yielded 122 nonprofit applications. Area Foundation staff vetted all applicants to create a pool of 25 semi-finalists. The 25 semi-finalists were then reviewed by a volunteer community advisory council comprised of local leaders. It’s from that pool of 25 semi-finalists that six nonprofits were awarded $3 million in funding. Valero Energy Foundation and Harvey Najim increased that giving by another $5.5 million to eight nonprofits, bringing the total to $8.5 million to 14 nonprofits.

Below is the list of nonprofits receiving capital naming rights gifts from this collaboration.

Grant Award

Funding Source*


Project Description


John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio (BGCSA)

This project will transform an underutilized baseball field and open field next to BGCSA’s Eastside Clubhouse into a state-of-the-art youth development park for San Antonio’s Eastside.


John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

Hill Country Daily Bread

Hill Country Daily Bread is providing the facilities and organizational infrastructure necessary to provide Mentored Services for families, individuals and at-risk youth in Boerne and the surrounding area. A primary component of the campaign is an 8,000 square foot Training Center with Commercial Kitchen, which will be available year-round.


John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

San Antonio Botanical Garden Society

Art in the Garden brings together the public, artists, art lovers and art supporters for annual extended exhibitions by local, regional and national contemporary sculpture artists. The focal point of the Garden’s new Event Lawn will be the John L. Santikos eight-foot high cascading Fountain of the Ferns. 


John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

San Antonio College / Scobee Education Center

San Antonio College hosts one of Texas' three Challenger Centers in the Scobee Education Center. The Scobee provides the John L. Santikos Micronauts program, one of the nation’s first “cradle-to-college” STEM pathways.


John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

San Antonio Foundation for Excellence in Education/ CAST Tech

CAST Tech is the first in a CAST network of schools that will be a national model for a new way to educate youth as well as a training ground for San Antonio teachers and principals. The gift will go toward renovating a second, unused vocational building to house juniors and seniors next fall.


John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio (TPR) is in the process of securing a new four-story headquarters at the historic Alameda Theatre.


Harvey E. Najim Charitable Fund

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)

CAM will renovate and repair their downtown warehouse. HVAC system, installing insulation on the ceiling, and replacing the roof which would make it a vast resource for year-round work for a team of 200 retired volunteers and 500 plus weekend volunteers.


Harvey E. Najim Charitable Fund

The Ecumenical Center

With funding, the Ecumenical Center will build a 2,000 square foot Children’s Therapeutic Arts addition to the existing children’s wing.  The addition will include: two to four children’s counseling offices, large rooms for group counseling, and necessary space for children’s therapeutic arts and psychotherapy.


Harvey E. Najim Charitable Fund

Mission Road Developmental Center

A new children's cottage will be created to replace the oldest campus residential home and deploy a family home model versus the current nursing home model. Other campus homes are designed like a traditional family home, with bedrooms off a common hallway and shared bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, and living room.


Harvey E. Najim Charitable Fund

Project Mend

A new headquarters, complete with training area, and repair center will also combine program staff and warehouse staff in one facility. For the first time in years, customers will be able to tell their case workers about their needs, fill out the needed paperwork and receive their equipment all in the same place, often in the same day.


Harvey E. Najim Charitable Fund

Rise Recovery

Rise Recovery will be building a new 22,200 square foot campus that provides room to expand their programs, increase participant amenities, and improve organizational efficiency. This project will include the naming rights for the Youth Activity Center which will allow additional areas that will foster connection, creativity and collaboration.


Harvey E. Najim Charitable Fund

Roy Maas Youth Alternatives

With funding, a 3,900 square foot home to serve children between the ages of 6-17 will be created, specializing in children that other facilities are unable to accept because of their high level of care. This will allow separate spaces for teenagers from the younger girls.


Harvey E. Najim Charitable Fund

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (SJRC)

SJRC strives to make each child’s stay as “homelike” as possible. The Bulverde Campus is set up with individual residential homes, each with shared spaces within.  With funding, SJRC will be completely remodel and renovate the largest existing home, on the Bulverde Campus, which will increase the number of beds available for girls between the ages of 13-18.


Valero Energy Foundation


Funds will support the construction of a new Child Development Center in the heart of San Antonio’s historic Eastside that will be an educational model for the San Antonio region, helping to move the needle in the community’s high-priority efforts to strengthen families and improve education and health outcomes for all children.

*Nonprofits funded by the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation were previously announced in August. The additional nonprofits listed are entirely newly funded because of this collaborative funding strategy.

Harvey Najim’s fund is part of a cadre of fund advisors who granted more than $22 million in 2017 and represent 190 of the 500 funds under management at the Area Foundation. To learn more or join our funding strategies, visit



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