By Christy Krueger
Jack Clements has incorporated giving into his business and personal models since moving to Tucson in 1976. He’s worked with a number of local charites during that time.
Last year, Clements received one of the top awards presented by the Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council – the Good Scout Award. The group looks for people who influence Tucson’s growth and who give back, according to Christie Lee, the 2020 awards event chair. “He’s someone who has given a lot to the community and he’s a huge supporter of the Scouts.”
Clements was an Eagle Scout as a young man in Kansas. Years later in Tucson, he reconnected with the Boy Scouts, serving on the board of directors and committees primarily in board recruitment and fundraising. One of the projects he worked on allowed the Catalina Council to replace canvas tents at Camp Lawton on Mount Lemmon with permanent structures.
Clements has donated generous amounts of time to several other organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Tucson Conquistadores, Centurions, YMCA of Southern Arizona, Metropolitan Pima Alliance, DM50 and Tucson Metro Chamber.
Susie Huhn, executive director of Casa de los Niños, called Clements an involved philanthropist. “He brought us matching gifts from the business community and his agency to support Casa financially,” she said. “He’s played an active role in the community.”
At San Miguel High School, Clements works on the State of Arizona tuition tax credit program to provide much needed funds to the school. “Insurance companies pay taxes on insurance premiums. Those insurance companies can redirect that money to schools,” he said. “Between Chubb and Secura Insurance, we have received more than a million dollars for San Miguel.”