The Big Payback brings in over $545,000 for Williamson County nonprofits

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The Big Payback campaign brought in over $545,000 for 96 Williamson County nonprofits this year.

Amid an economic downturn for many in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Middle Tennessee community still prioritized giving to their nonprofit neighbors through The Big Payback.

The 24-hour fundraising event hosted by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee brought in a total of $4,347,441 for nonprofit organizations this year, over $241,000 more than last year’s total. This year, Williamson County had a record 96 participants, out of 988, that cumulatively received over $545,000.

“The most striking thing was that each of the 988 local nonprofits received no less than $50 from the get-go,” said Ellen Lehman, the president of the Community Foundation. “And for all who were able to participate in a chaotic year, we will be forever grateful of your willingness to make the economic fall less steep and less painful.”

The Community Foundation shared that just over 10,000 donors reported giving to an organization for the first time. To date, the seven-year total for first-time donors is 39,693. Additionally, over the last seven years, the event has raised a total of nearly $20.1 million for local nonprofits.

“This Big Payback was a very different one. … We know that this is a tough time to be doing this in the middle of tornado recovery, COVID-19 and the economic fragility we are experiencing, but the good thing was that The Big Payback 2020 was perfectly suited to the rules of our changing society,” Lehman said. “The second good thing about this was gifts to support these participants could be as small as $10. No great wealth needed, … just great hearts.”

Listed below are the giving results for the Williamson County participants as of 6 p.m. Thursday. Giving is still accepted all year. For more information, visit

21st District Recovery Court, Inc.: $417.25

A.B.L.E. Youth, Inc.: $2,214.25

African American Heritage Society Museum, Inc.: $611.75

ARC of Williamson County: $516.75

Artists in Christian Testimony: $60.50

Assistance League of Nashville: $50

Backlight Productions: $3,418

Barefoot Republic, Inc.: $4,421.85

Battle Ground Academy: $ 6298.91

Battle of Franklin Trust: $4,365.75

Beneath the Skin, Inc.: $9,906.07

Best Buddies International/Best Buddies Tennessee: $506.75

Blessed Earth Tennessee, Inc.: $197

Blind & Charity Fund Downtown Nashville Lions Club: $537.25

Both Hands Foundation: $4,075

Bravo Creative Arts Center, Inc.: $1,898

Bridges of Williamson County: $9,900.50

BrightStone, Inc.: $5,183

Caleb Company: $50

Camp Marymount: $1,321.25

Center for Youth Ministry Training: $35,021.42

Community Child Care, Inc.: $76.25

Cul2vate: $561.25

Currey Ingram Academy: $75

Daughters of the King: $375.50

Deer Run Retreat Center: $7,487.15

Diverse Learners Cooperative: $2,362.05

Educare: $1147.50

eduKenya: $110

Emanuel Ministries: $50

Encouragement Ministries, Inc.: $353.75

Fairview Arts Council: $176

Fine Arts Matter, Inc.: $50

Franklin Tomorrow: $5,908.30

Franktown Open Hearts Ministry, Inc.: $622.50

Friends of Bowie Nature Park: $1,214.75

Friends of Franklin Parks, Inc.: $3,001.25

Gentry’s Education Center at the Store Front, Inc.: $155

Global Sanctuary for Elephants: $70,687.51

GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.: $44,951

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury: $1,208.75

Hard Bargain Mt. Hope Redevelopment, Inc.: $522.50

Harpeth Conservancy: $2,501.50

Healing Housing, Inc.: $3,717.50

Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue and Sanctuary: $969

Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County: $3,619.75

High Hopes, Inc.: $2,368

Hope Smiles: $74.15

JDRF International/Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International: $801.25

Lisa Ross Parker Foundation: $979.25

Lotz House Foundation: $753.75

LTC: $50

Marriage Helper, Inc.: $75

Mercy Health Services, Inc.: $11,613.25

Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue: $1,527.25

Music City Pet Partners: $50

Music City Trykes Chapter of National AMBUCS, Inc.: $50

My Bag My Story: $1,107.50

My Friend’s House Family and Children Services, Inc.: $9,233

Nashville Youth Sports Club, Inc.: $9,648.25

Nature Conservancy of Tennessee: $781.25

New Hope Academy: $21,253.60

One Generation Away: $3,453.75

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary: $9,668.75

People for Animals: $5,167.05

Refuge Center for Counseling: $82,579

Restorative Justice Foundation, Inc.: $407.50

Resurgence Life Skills Institute, Inc.: $102.50

Retrieving Independence, Inc.: $30,066

Saddle Up!: $2,052.25

Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, Inc.: $417.50

Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue: $14,910.25

Solo Parent Society: $365

St. Joseph Worker Foundation: $5,080.75

Studio Tenn Theatre Company: $526

Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes: $62,680.75

Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition: $1,748.25

Tennessee Fisher House Foundation, Inc.: $312.50

Tennessee Kids Belong: $76.25

Tennessee Naturalist Program, Inc.: $1,740

Tennessee Youth Symphony: $443.75

The Gear Foundation, Inc. - Our Thrift Store, Inc.: $2,060.75

The Parent Teacher Student Organization of Nolensville High: $50

The Shalom Foundation: $5,060.50

The Shower Truck/Shower Up: $980.75

The View Community Resource Coalition, Inc.: $50

The Well Outreach: $2,234

Therapy ARC: $627.50

Tucker’s House: $10,624.75

WAVES, Incorporated: $5,605.85

White Fawn Farm: $1,954.25

Williamson Animal Services, Inc.: $15,130.10

Williamson Christian College: $23,172.10

Williamson County CASA, Inc.: $428

Williamson County Child Advocacy Center: $76.25

Williamson Medical Foundation, Inc.: $286.25

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