The 24-Hour Online Giving Event Kicks Off at Midnight on Thursday, May 2

A total of 964 Middle Tennessee nonprofits — including schools and religious institutions — from 35 counties will be participating in The Big Payback, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The Big Payback is a community-wide online giving day designed to give the public the opportunity to pay back the nonprofits that make this a place we are proud to call home. Starting at midnight on May 2, there are 24 hours to make donations to a wide variety of participating local nonprofits at Nonprofit focus includes human services, education, community improvement, arts and culture, youth development, animal welfare, health, housing and shelter, and the environment.

In its first five giving days, The Big Payback has helped organizations raise more than $12.5 million in donations as well as foster an impressive 24,716 first-time gifts, making possible awareness of and solutions to pressing needs in our community.

Last year’s event raised a record of more than $3.1 million in donations, from 22,071 total gifts.

“The Big Payback’s slogan is ‘Live Here. Give Here’ and provides an easy and fun way for our community to show our local pride and give back,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation.

“Nonprofits do life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee, and it’s important we recognize the positive impact they have in our own backyards by supporting their efforts,” Lehman continued. “It’s hard to imagine where we’d be without them and their work.”

Gifts to nonprofits from the public will be boosted with additional financial prizes from sponsors of The Big Payback, and an online leaderboard will track donations in real time.

Donors will be able to search and select organizations based on location and focus area, Donors also can support multiple nonprofits and make gifts of any size with ease, from $10 and up.

So mark your calendar for Thursday, May 2 and help us make The Big Payback Middle Tennessee’s most collaborative day of giving yet.


The Big Payback Plaza Party Set for Smashville Plaza

Nonprofits and the general public also can participate in The Big Payback in person. Thanks to the Nashville Predators Foundation, Smashville Plaza in front of Bridgestone Arena will turn into The Big Payback Plaza Party from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.

The Big Payback’s Plaza Party gives participating nonprofits the chance to represent their causes while competing for additional prize money. Minute to Win It games and other fun activities are scheduled.

Live music will be provided by local favorite Matt Walberg & The Living Situation, with well-known local radio personality Ana Lee as emcee. Several food trucks also will be on site, as well as radio and TV stations, some broadcasting live.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals.