Ensuring our Community's Future by Giving Back Today 04/18/2019 J.C. Hart Company, Inc. is a property management, development, and construction company that is well-known for its involvement in volunteer and civic events, as well as for its charitable donations. John C. Hart, the company’s CEO, has made it a company-wide undertaking for J.C. Hart Associates to be participating in this altruistic 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 takes pride in giving back to educational institutions annually. He has donated his philanthropic dollars toward organizations like St. Mary’s Child Center, Midwest Academy, Butler University, Hope Academy, and The Oaks Academy. Hart is also a giving supporter of and guest speaker for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Real Estate school. In extension 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 United Way ever since. Other charitable organizations Hart has contributed to and backed 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. Hart has elected to show support to these organizations because he feels collectively 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 said. A group he routinely works with in hopes it will positively 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 students come from 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 will have read 2,000 to 2,500 hours. Kids who are not afforded that leg up in those critical development years tend to lag behind throughout their entire academic career, which could eventually lead them to struggle with employment which repeats 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. Additionally, Hart hopes by contributing to groups like St. Mary’s, the boys and girls they serve will grow up and have a positive and rewarding transition into society, which will produce a better place for everyone to call “home!” A distinct way Hart contributes to the community is by donating to social venues such as The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. He said it creates an environment for the community to engage in cultural stimulation, which results in businesses wanting to expand their businesses to the northside 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,” John said. Hart’s commitment and fervor for his involvement has been a cascading effect for J.C. Hart and the Associates around him. J.C. Hart will continue to contribute to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.