As one of the nation’s largest family-owned real estate development, ownership and management firms, the Gene B. Glick Company is committed to giving back in the communities that we call home. Through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, we invest in our team members, residents, and the communities we serve in order to build value for people and places.
While 2020 was not the year we expected it to be, it brought our core values into even sharper focus. Our CSR Impact Report – a first for Glick – articulates our company’s approach and measures our success toward our efforts to build value for people and places alike. Explore the executive summary and the full report below.
In 2019, we launched the Glick Education Awards to support the dependents of Gene B. Glick Company team members who are pursuing postsecondary education to lessen the financial burden on families. In 2020, we awarded a total of $100,000 to 20 recipients, with awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. The recipients are pursuing postsecondary credentials at a variety of colleges and universities as well as technical, vocational and trade schools across the country.
“The Glick Education Award has helped me get one step closer to my educational goals. College tuition is more than me or my mom could ever afford to pay on our own. The scholarship helped relieve some of the financial burden for my mom and has allowed me to concentrate on my classes instead trying to figure out how I can help pay for my education. The scholarship didn’t just help me, it helped my mom.” – 2020 Glick Education Award Recipient
The Glick Relief Fund was created to help Glick team members facing financial hardships immediately after an unforeseen personal hardship or natural disaster. The Fund considered the employee’s spouse, minor children and other dependents for whom the employee is financially responsible as eligible dependents. In 2020, more than $57,000 was granted to help team members through the Fund.
The Glick Loan Program helps team members to access a loan to cover unexpected financial emergencies. Team members with at least one year of employment are eligible to apply. During 2020, Glick team members accessed 71 loans totaling $182,597 through this program to bridge financial hardships.
In 2020, Glick’s Service Coordination program celebrated its 10th anniversary. When we started this initiative a decade ago, it was among the first of its kind, and the need to support our most vulnerable residents was clear.
People from myriad walks of life call Glick communities home. Through dedicated Service Coordinators, we meet residents where they are with targeted support, from ensuring formerly homeless veterans have a sense of community to helping displaced workers find employment.
With more than 60 Service Coordinators, we have built one of the largest and most effective programs in the country. Over the past decade, our Service Coordinators have assisted more than 50,000 residents to age in place, maintain tenancy, build an informal network of support and secure employment. We’ve helped residents obtain benefits and supports totaling more than $110 million in cost savings. We also offer more than 75 onsite food programs across the country, including emergency food pantries, congregate meals and community gardens. Our Service Coordination program is one of the defining characteristics of Glick communities – an asset we’re proud to celebrate.
Nearly 120,000 veterans experience homelessness every year – or 33 percent of the total U.S. homeless population – according to Helping Veterans and Families of Indiana. And in Indianapolis alone, homelessness is reported to affect more than 400 veterans every year.
Guided by Gene B. Glick’s legacy of helping fellow soldiers and a commitment to making affordable housing accessible, the Glick Housing Foundation piloted a program called “Housing Our Heroes” with 23 apartment homes. The program aims to increase the number of military veterans accessing affordable housing and wraparound services in Indianapolis, including the support of a dedicated Service Coordinator.
Each year, the Glick team looks forward to hosting the annual canned food drive. Since the initiative was launched, Glick has collected nearly 100,000 canned food items for nonprofit organizations in communities where Glick apartments are located. Like most things in 2020, our annual food drive had to adapt due to the public health measures in place. Instead of collecting canned food items, we shifted to a virtual food drive. Glick team members were invited to contribute to the campaign and all contributions were matched by Glick Gives, Glick’s contribution match program. Thanks to the generosity of the Glick team, we raised $56,000. Read our blog about the Virtual Food Drive Results.
Since 2015, Glick team members have collected more than 120,000 school supplies for students in our communities. In 2020, Project Fresh Start shifted its focus to address the unique needs caused by the pandemic and to help ease the back-to-school burden for students and families. Glick team members raised money through Project Fresh Start to help purchase masks and e-learning headsets necessary to keep students healthy and learning. Through these donations, Project Fresh Start purchased 1,740 masks and 1,280 headsets for students across 11 states and 28 Gene B. Glick properties. Read our blog about the impact of Project Fresh Start.
Glick Gives matches qualified charitable contributions from Glick team members to nonprofit organizations. Contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Glick Gives Fund at the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The Glick Gives program offers the opportunity for Glick team members to support the causes they care about in the communities where they live and work. To date, the Glick Gives program has matched over $525,000 in team member contributions to charitable causes.
Glick Cares invites our team members to give their time, energy and talents to serving their communities. Glick hosts several volunteer events throughout the year as well as offers paid time off to devote to volunteering. To date, our employees have volunteered more than 12,500 hours of time.
Each year, we recognize one team member and one property for giving back their time and talents to improving the lives of others in the community. All employees are invited to nominate their peers and properties. Meet the past winners.