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Investing in our Community's Future by Giving Back Today

April 18, 2019
Kids looking at the ground
 
J.C. Hart Company, Inc. is a property management, development, and construction company that is well-known for its participation in volunteer and civic events, as well as for its charitable gifts. John C. Hart, the company’s CEO, has made it a company-wide mission for J.C. Hart Associates to be involved in this civic-spirited experience and its future successes.  
 
“We have made an investment in our Associates to give them paid time off to give back to the community. We are committed to being a company that gives back in charitable ways,” Hart said.  
 
Hart has a tradition of giving back to educational institutions every year. He has pledged his philanthropic dollars toward nonprofits such as St. Mary’s Child Center, Midwest Academy, Butler University, Hope Academy, and The Oaks Academy. Mr. Hart is also a happy supporter of and visiting instructor for the IU Kelley School of Business Real Estate department.
 
In conjunction of his educational supports, Hart has been a Tocqueville Society member for United Way since 2010. Because of Hart’s new membership, J.C. Hart started its first company-wide United Way campaign. The company has proudly supported the organization ever since.
 
Other groups Hart has contributed to and assisted include Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Education Foundation, Hamilton County Humane Society, Patachou Foundation, Children’s TherAplay, The Woodland Christmas Club, and Village Montessori Preschool.
 
John Hart - J.C. HartHart has chosen to display support to these organizations because he feels they shape the future of the community. “When choosing what organizations to invest in, we try to look at it from the view point of how we are going to impact the lives of the people that we are investing in. It’s all about investing in our community to make our community a better place to live,” Hart shared.
 
A group he actively works with in hopes it will progressively impact the future of the community and its people is St. Mary’s Child Center. It serves children three to five years of age in its pre-k program. Over 90 percent of the kids are living in poverty. Statistics show a boy or girl three to five years of age, living in poverty, typically has only read 30 to 40 hours in totality, while a child who comes from a traditional home environment will have read 2,000 to 2,500 hours. Kids who are not afforded that leg up in those critical development years tend to struggle throughout their entire school career, which statistics show can lead them to encounter obstacles with employment thus repeating the poverty cycle, oftentimes ending up in the “pipeline to prison.”
 
“Our goal of supporting a great institution like St. Mary’s is to give children coming from poverty a chance at good early education which can change their lives, so when they go to kindergarten they will be on an equal footing and be ready to embrace that education,” Hart said.
 
What’s more, Hart hopes by contributing to educational institutions like St. Mary’s, the children they support will grow up and have a positive and strong transition into society, which will result in a better place for all of us to call “home!”
 
Another way Hart contributes to the community is by giving back to community venues such as The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. He said it supports an opportunity for people to participate in cultural stimulation, which results in companies wanting to move their businesses to the north side of Indy.
 
“I think they are going to be more inclined to locate a company in Carmel or Hamilton County because they know their employees will want to live in a community that has great education and places with a cultural outlet. By supporting, we are creating an opportunity to the community to attract business and if we attract business we are also supporting growth in the community,” he said.
 
Hart’s commitment and affection for his contributions has been a cascading effect for J.C. Hart and the Associates around him. J.C. Hart will continue to actively participate in Indiana’s philanthropic experience and success through continued participation and donation by J.C. Hart and its Associates. If you have an event you would like J.C. Hart to consider supporting and be a part of, please contact Jane Gosling, Director Corporate Communications at jane@homeisjchart.com.