Investing in 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 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 undertaking for J.C. Hart Associates to be involved in this altruistic experience and its ultimate accomplishments. “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. John is also a happy supporter of and visiting instructor for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Real Estate school. In addition to 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 organizations 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. Hart has chosen to display support to these organizations because he feels collectively they determine the future of our 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 charitable organization he earnestly contributes to 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 children come from poverty. Statistics show a child three to five years of age, living in poverty, may have 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. Those who do not have that leg up at an early age tend to struggle throughout their entire academic career, which statistics show can lead them to battle with employment and repeat 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 giving to groups like St. Mary’s, the kids they serve will grow up and have a worthwhile and strong transition into society, which will create a better place for all of us to call “home!” A further way Hart supports the community is by giving back to civil venues such as The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in the city of Carmel. He said it supports an opportunity for the community to have cultural stimulation, which results in commerce wanting to relocate their businesses to Carmel. “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 devotion 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 take part 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.