Jim and Jan Carell, named Nashville Philanthropists of the Year in 2008, believe "money isn't worth anything if you can't share it." This belief has guided their philanthropy and helped shape our community. Grateful for their blessings and the opportunity to help others, the Carells rarely wait for a call asking for help. Instead, they make the call to offer help. The Carells have donated several million dollars to charitable and educational causes throughout Middle Tennessee, including the Nashville Rescue Mission.
When the Carells heard about the Nashville Rescue Mission's campaign to help transform the lives of the increasing number of homeless women and children in the Nashville community, they had a desire to get involved.
The Mission's capital campaign focused on increasing the space to accommodate the growing number of homeless women and children in Nashville and to make it possible for homeless mother's of boys over the age of 11 to have a place to stay as well.
The Carells have a reputation for creating challenges to increase the amount of their donation. This time was no exception. Their initial donation of $500,000 would be increased to $1,000,000 if the Nashville Rescue Mission could raise another $1,000,000 apart from funds already raised. The challenge was readily accepted and reached.
"I don't want to wait until I die to make a difference," said Jim Carell. "Today, I can decide where I want to make a difference. There is so much joy in giving. It blesses me back."
After hearing the ladies choir at the grand opening ceremony, Jan Carell said, "I can't remember the last time I was so moved by something like this. I'm just so glad to be able to help."
By adding the generous donation of $1,000,000 from Jim and Jan Carell to other contributions, the Nashville Rescue Mission was able to complete the new women's facility.
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