Dedicated to Our Community
Our Founders believe in the power of generosity. Read Ed McVaney's unique story about how he and his wife, Carole, began their journey of generosity.
Ivan the barber
One day in the early months of J.D. Edwards & Co (circa 1977), I needed a haircut. Without any prior knowledge or research performed, I stumbled into a barber shop in the Denver Tech Center:
“Hi, I’m Ed. Any wait?"
“No sir, sit down right here young man.”
“This will be your simplest haircut of the day. Just a #4 all over, and I’m outta here,” I smoothly replied.
The barber introduced himself as Ivan. As he buzzed my scalp, no beard in those days, he started rambling on about the weather and the Broncos… Snooze…He quickly lost my attention, as he knew nothing about software or old convertibles.
“Do you go to church?” he asked.
Hmmm, getting a bit personal I thought…I get uncomfortable around “syrupy gooey” Christians.
“Yup, we go to the Presbyterian Church on Orchard and Broadway.”
“Do you tithe?” he continued.
Hmmm, he’s really getting personal now, I thought to myself. It’s time to throw him a grenade:
“Hell no,” I quickly retorted.
“That [tithing] is an old fashioned biblical concept from before we had a welfare system and graduated income tax rates. And besides that, if you give money to a church all they will do is piss it away on brick and mortar, and they won’t help anybody – hell no I don’t tithe!”
“No Ed, you don’t understand,” Ivan said. ”God gave us tithing to benefit you ‘the giver’ not ‘the receiver.’ And, He promises if you tithe ten percent of your first fruits, you will get it back tenfold and, more importantly, you will be free from the sin of greed.”
Hmmm...this was some haircut I was getting. At the dinner table that night with my wife, Carole, and our three school age children, we discussed the events surrounding my haircut that day, namely Ivan. The children seemed to understand immediately everything that was said. And, as a family, we agreed to start tithing 10% of our first fruits. My gross income at the time was $36,000, so we set aside $3,600 right off of the bat . We decided how much went to our church, then Young Life, then two other charities. We went on that way for 20 years until J.D. Edwards went public and then our giving went way up! Wow, much more than a 100 fold return, and I can’t remember ever feeling greedy.
In the 40 years since that meeting with Ivan the Barber, Ed McVaney has given generously of his time and money. That giving continues with the noble aim of Nextworld - to be job creators with a heart for our employees and a long-term commitment to our customers.
At Nextworld we have created a company-wide habit of giving back to the community. We are proud of our employee's for their continual investment of both their time and money. Below you can learn more about what some of our employees are doing to give back.
Axel and his family volunteer as ski instructors at the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The Allgeiers enjoy sharing their passion for the outdoors with disabled youth, and individuals with almost any cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis. NSCD gives the disabled an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, learn to ski and enjoy the beauty of Colorado.
The Seely's have special ties to Africa and give to Hope Haven Ministries in Rwanda and Children of Hope in Kenya. Since 2003, they have sponsored two World Vision children, one in Haiti, and one in Mozambique. They also support the Arthritis Foundation and AIM at Melanoma Foundation.
Over the past 40 years Ed and Carole McVaney have given of their time and treasure to countless organizations. Among their favorites are Save Our Youth where they each have mentored at risk young people and Mile High Ministries, an organization that engages, equips and empowers Denver's poor.
Kylee and Gerry Lourie helped found Valor Christian High School in 2005. They are committed to Valor's tuition assistance program which gives almost $2,000,000 a year to families that cannot afford private tuition. The Lourie's are also actively involved with Asha in the Red Light, an achor project of Times Square Church. Asha (Hindi for hope) provides for the needs of women enslaved in the flesh trade of India and to the children born in brothels
Vito and his wife Jennifer have two children with serious allergies and asthma. They have benefited from the doctors and superior care at National Jewish Hospital, one of the country's top respiratory hospitals. They give to support continued research so that others might also benefit. In addition they donate time and give support to Colorado Special Olympics. They feel great about helping the special Olympians experience the excitement of sportsmanship and accomplishment.
Joyce is actively involved in Hope on the Slopes. Hope on the Slopes is a nationwide fundraising event for skiers & snowboarders benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Kiana is partnered with LightBridge International, a faith-based nonprofit. LightBridge International’s mission is to engage individuals to care for the orphaned and poor by providing support, training, discipleship and development opportunities. Kiana has served multiple times in Cambodia and Thailand at LightBridge’s various sites. Kiana also sponsors a child, Little Tida, in LightBridge’s Blossom Home orphanage.
Ryan cares deeply for those who are less fortunate. Ryan is actively involved as a mentor with Save Our Youth. Ryan also has always had a heart for Africa and supports a child from Ethiopia, Samuel, to pay for school and other essential supplies through Food for the Hungry. Ryan also supports Food for the Hungry by actively volunteering and encouraging others to sponsor.