Investing in the 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 mission for J.C. Hart Associates to be participating in this civic-spirited experience and its consequent 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 annually. He has pledged 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 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 launched its first company-wide United Way campaign. The company has passionately supported United Way ever since. Other organizations Hart has supported and endorsed 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 decided to show support to these organizations because he feels these groups 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 espoused. An organization he actively contributes to 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 students are considered living in poverty. Statistics show a kid three to five years of age, living in poverty, most likely has only read 30 to 40 hours in totality, while a child who comes from a more traditional home will have read 2,000 to 2,500 hours. Kids who are not privy to that leg up in those critical development years tend to fall behind throughout their entire educational career, which statistics show can lead them to struggle with employment and repeat the poverty cycle, repeatedly 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 supporting to groups like St. Mary’s, the kids they support will grow up and have a positive and rewarding transition into society, which will result in a better place for all of us to call “home!” A distinct 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 creates an opportunity for the community to engage in cultural stimulation, which results in commerce wanting to move their businesses to our community. “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 dedication and affection for his contributions has been a waterfall 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.