Nextep Donates $10,000 to Grand Gentlemen to Support Local Black Community

2020 08 Nextep Foundation Donations 1

In early June of 2020, our founder and CEO, Brian Fayak, announced Nextep would donate $50,000 and match employee donations to organizations that support the Black community. Since then, we’ve created a committee to find five outstanding local organizations committed to building up the Black community in the Oklahoma City Metro. 

These organizations will each receive $10,000 donations from The Nextep Charitable Foundation, and we’ll highlight each one on our blog in the coming weeks! 

Our first $10,000 donation was made to Grand Gentlemen, an organization dedicated to “uplifting, encouraging, and inspiring young men of color to secure their future.” They do this through mentorship, culture-based artistic entertainment, and their Man of the Year Award scholarship program.


Our mission is to enhance our community by propagating the gentleman’s lifestyle through the fostering of cultural spaces, highlighting local art/artists, displaying quality fashion and providing scholastic opportunity for graduating Seniors as they pursue collegiate and higher educational goals.” Grand Gentlemen


Grand Gentlemen works to identify and cultivate the greatness of the young men in the community, both inside and out. “We show our greatness outwardly through our dapper attire; we show our greatness inwardly through our thoughts and actions.” (Grand Gentlemen

Through their Man of the Year Award, winners receive a scholarship and a tailored suit to help set them up for success at college and beyond. Grand Gentlemen encourages their young men to dress for success, knowing that the way a person carries themselves can create a positive influence in the world around them. 

You can partner with Grand Gents by donating to, supporting, and following the incredible work they do (Instagram: @grandgentleman). We’re proud to have the opportunity to partner with Grand Gentlemen, and we’re thrilled to donate our first $10,000 to this group. Stay tuned to see which organization we choose next!

Check back every week to learn more about these incredible nonprofits and how you can join us in supporting them as they support the Black community in different ways. We believe in the missions of each of these organizations, and we want to bring awareness to the great work they are doing.

Also on Nextep

How often do you get the chance to expand beyond your current retention or recruiting strategies? It’s common for managers to get stuck in the daily work routine and overlook the growth opportunities their employees want. That neglect may mean a greater chance of talented employees leaving in the short run. Around 48% of employees […]
Read more
Employee engagement is a crucial piece of the recruiting and retaining top talent puzzle, especially in today’s job market. In 2021, an average of 3.98 million workers quit their jobs each month; with virtually no industry spared from the impacts of the Great Resignation, now is an essential time to focus on keeping your people […]
Read more
The kiddos of Nextep are at it again, elevating and enriching the lives of those in their community! The Nextep Charitable Foundation started Nextep’s Future Philanthropist program, giving students the opportunity to donate $50 to their school or a nonprofit of their choosing each semester. “We’re so proud of the culture of giving back we’ve […]
Read more
From October 4-8, 2021, Nextep hosted its semi-annual volunteer event, Nextep Gives Back Week. This year looked slightly different from last year’s Nextep Gives Back Days with a week’s worth of in-person, virtual, and donation-based volunteer opportunities. Nexteppers created donation kits for their favorite nonprofits, packed meals for Meals on Wheels, cleaned and painted apartments […]
Read more
Finding a PEO can be a daunting task. You should feel confident in your partnership with Nextep, or any PEO for that matter. To ensure you do, we’ve put together a short checklist of questions to ask in your meetings with PEOs.    1. What accreditations and certifications do you hold?  A few credentials you’ll […]
Read more
Great Place to Work® honored Nextep as one of the 2021 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services™. We ranked number 27 out of the top 50 companies in the industry. The Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services award is based on an analysis of survey responses from more than 463,000 current employees across […]
Read more
The Nextep Charitable Foundation supports The Virtue Center with a $30,000 donation toward their effort to build a new facility. The Virtue Center is a nonprofit organization in Norman dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction and related mental health challenges.  Individuals and families struggling with substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health issues including […]
Read more
From May 15 – 23, 2021, Nextep hosted its first-ever Virtual Volunteer Week! This year, the Nextep Gives Back committee came up with several ways for Nextep employees to volunteer virtually or in person. Nexteppers had the opportunity to create donation kits for their favorite nonprofits, pick up trash in their communities, volunteer locally, or […]
Read more
Powerful technology and HR experts to help your growing company Large businesses have unique needs. Managing a bigger and more diverse workforce, varying employee healthcare needs, complicated company payrolls, multiple office locations, and more. Nextep’s innovator package starts at $25 per employee per month and includes comprehensive payroll processing, access to Fortune 500-style benefits, employee […]
Read more
Elevating the employment experience and enriching people’s lives is what we strive to do at Nextep every day — and now we’re empowering the kids of Nextep employees to do the same! The Nextep Charitable Foundation created the “Nextep’s Future Philanthropist” program, where students get $50 to donate to their school or a nonprofit of […]
Read more
The Nextep Charitable Foundation is proud to donate $8,000 to Mary Abbott Children’s House. Nextep has supported Mary Abbott Children’s Home — a fellow member of the Norman, OK community — on numerous occasions over the company’s 25 years in business.  “Abbott House provides a victim-centered, child-friendly environment to help children tell their stories after […]
Read more
The Nextep Charitable Foundation set a goal to donate $100,000 to nonprofit organizations in 2020. As the year was coming to an end, we looked to our employee-led volunteer committee for suggestions and learned about a few incredible organizations we’d never worked with before. One of these organizations is The Sharing Tree. Sharing Tree’s mission […]
Read more

Download Our App