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Dawn Franks

Speaking from the heart, she poured out their family story. Most of the time, we raise children hoping they are prepared to begin their own stories.

We hope they come home for holidays, but we still expect them to start families with their own traditions.

The Jasper family story began with the second generation going their own way, but in recent years they braided two generations together, which was not only good for the companies, Jasper Ventures, but for the entire community.

Brent Jasper, Carrie-Ann Jasper and brother-in-law Les Campbell came together to work with dad, Jon Jasper, in a family business. Building on the success of dad’s company, Engineering, Procurement & Construction Inc. (EPC), founded in 1992, Jasper Ventures Inc. grew to four separate companies with a mission focused on delivering high-quality, energy-efficient, cost-effective solutions to the midstream market — processing, storage and transportation of crude oil and natural gas.

EPC proved a successful venture for Jon Jasper, even through trying times and a 12-year fight with terminal brain cancer. Jon survived, declared cancer-free in 2017. Over the last seven years, three family members have returned home to create a family business, creating the equally successful Jasper Ventures.

The Jasper Ventures vision is our real story.

A business magazine story would describe how their companies are Christ-centered and how they treat their employees, creating a great place to work and unparalleled value for their industry clients. One more thing sets them apart.

It is uncommon for a business vision statement to encompass communities. That’s where the company’s long-time relationship with Mentoring Alliance makes this story special.

Starting as Boys and Girls Club, the organization made a shift in 2013 under the leadership of Kevin East, changing their name to Mentoring Alliance. Under Kevin’s leadership, the Boys and Girls Club began a journey toward a Christ-centered organization with a heart to serve children and families struggling with challenging circumstances. Their mission is to mobilize godly people into the lives of kids and families, to provide tangible help and eternal hope.

Mentoring Alliance, like Jasper Ventures, created a healthy work culture for staff and volunteers.

Then they began to address the issue of relocating. Eventually identifying a location in exactly the right spot, they now faced the challenge to raise funds to purchase it and remodel.

The Jasper family knew the organization well. Some members serve on the board of directors. Some served as mentors for Gospel village.

After prayer and discussion, the Jasper family decided to make an anonymous lead gift. The gift was not about them, but rather the work of God.

In August 2018, Carrie-Ann experienced a powerful moment, one she needed to share with her siblings. The clarifying moment came through a sermon delivered by Doug Clark, senior pastor of Grace Community Church, about giving to the church.

It focused on the story of Solomon building the temple with the wholehearted support of David. David publicly supported Solomon, bringing others to join in the joy of giving and celebration for a new temple.

Carrie-Ann knew their gift to Mentoring Alliance was from the heart; it was not about the Jasper family or their companies. She wanted to invite others to share in the joy of heartfelt giving and to celebrate when Mentoring Alliance opened its new doors. The decision was made to make their gift public so others could share in heartfelt giving.

At the Jasper companies, they are passionate about families and children. They believe strong families will build strong communities. They bring their faith to work.

At Mentoring Alliance, they believe every child was created in the image of God and therefore has immense value. They know that even as they pour themselves into the lives of children, they are changing families.

When vision and mission meet giving at the center, amazing things happen. It’s happening at 1909 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler.

Dawn Franks, the author of the e-book Giving Fingerprints, is CEO of Your Philanthropy. She provides advising services to families, businesses and foundations to enhance the giving experience and maximize impact. She writes a blog, the YP Journal, at www.your-philanthropy.com. Comments and questions are welcome. Send to info@your-philanthropy.com.

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