Good Deeds: Office Works Hard for the Kids

Building a better community can begin with helping just one child

By Rebecca L. Olgeirson
 GIVING BACK Terri Rutherford and her husband John contribute a portion of each commission to the children's charity of their client's choice.

For Terri Rutherford, every day is a chance to let someone know they matter. And for her Nashville-area clients, every sale is an opportunity to join Rutherford in a donation to charity.

That’s been the promise since the day Rutherford and her husband, John, opened RE/MAX Fine Homes in 2011. Rutherford estimates that 10 percent of the earned commissions at her Brentwood and Spring Hill, Tenn., offices is donated to charities.

“Clients and agents take pride in the fact that we are known as an office that donates,” Rutherford says.

Following a sale, clients are able to choose a charity of their preference or one from the roster of Rutherford’s favorites, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals affiliate in Nashville. RE/MAX Fine Homes takes care of the rest.

An emphasis on families and children in need has long been a focus for Rutherford, whose brokerage also supports organizations like Nashville Rescue Mission and GraceWorks.

When she first moved to Nashville and worked as an assistant for a local Realtor, Rutherford began mentoring children through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

“There are so many needy children in this world who want for a lot of things, and I’m not just talking about money,” she says. “These kids need someone to care for them and guide them.”

As a mentor, Rutherford focused on showing children their worth and value.

“I wanted to show them that regardless of how poor or how rich they are, they can make a difference in this world,” Rutherford says. “I told them, ‘God made you and put you on this earth to be great, and I am here for you.’”

She brings that same spirit to the more than 60 agents in her two offices. “We’re here to make an impact on people’s lives,” Rutherford says. “I try to be uplifting so that everyone can help make a difference for someone else.”


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