Giving always matters.
There has been one day each May for the past six years that the community has come together and showered local nonprofits with its generosity. It is 24 hours to celebrate the spirit of giving and collaboration and, ultimately, the extraordinary work that nonprofits do in Middle Tennessee.
This year, a record number of area nonprofits are busy preparing in a big way for The Big Payback’s seventh annual 24-hour online giving day.
A total of 988 Middle Tennessee nonprofits from 34 counties will be participating in The Big Payback, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, on May 6-7. First-time participants include 108 organizations spanning 15 counties.
Starting at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 6, there will be 24 hours to make donations to a wide swath of organizations at TheBigPayback.org.
Together, for the past six years, The Big Payback cumulatively raised nearly $17 million with a total of 115,890 donations for area schools, religious institutions and charities working hard to make a difference.
This year, more than ever, nonprofits need support.
For so many, 2020 signified a new decade to take on the world’s problems with full force and a clear vision. Middle Tennesseans are now facing an uncertainty that stems from multiple disasters and the aftermath: loss of homes, gigs, businesses and health.
The unfolding economic impact of these disasters has forced hundreds of organizations to slow down or put their important work on hold at a time when they’re most needed.
Last year’s event raised a record $4,106,182 for 964 organizations from 28,458 total gifts. That surpassed the 2018 totals of more than $3.1 million in donations from 22,071 total gifts.
“Nonprofits do important, life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Over the years, The Big Payback has become an opportunity for us to come together as a community to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors. It’s an easy and meaningful way for us to show our local pride, give back and make an enormous impact in so doing.
“As we have faced the 2020 disasters, it’s never been more important, and it has never been so easy.”
For some, first responders and safety personnel have never been so necessary and so top of mind. For others, the nonprofits whose work has been a source of pride and gratitude remain an anchor and a North Star while navigating a path going forward.
“The Big Payback was always and remains a call to give back in gifts large and small, because we live here, and we should give here to recognize and perpetuate our gratitude and our belief in a bright future, because we are Nashville, we are Tennessee and we are all in this together,” Lehman said. “But, this year, in a time where so many of us are spending our days at home, we hope that you will get online at TheBigPayback.org and look at the stories of local nonprofits and their work, day in and day out. We hope you will find new nonprofits — like those who have been making masks to keep us safe from the coronavirus — and you will encourage old nonprofit friends like the public library to continue to bring out the best of us by teaching us to read or how to expand our horizons.
“Remember: If you live here, give here.”
Participating organizations from Williamson County include:
Deer Run Retreat Center
Nature Conservancy of Tennessee
New Hope Academy
Williamson Medical Foundation, Inc.
Battle of Franklin Trust
Graceworks Ministries, Inc.
Currey Ingram Academy
Refuge Center for Counseling
Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes
Center for Youth Ministry Training
Marriage Helper Inc.
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury
Mercy Health Services Inc
Barefoot Republic, Inc.
Battle Ground Academy
High Hopes, Inc.
Best Buddies International / Best Buddies Tennessee
JDRF International / Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Artists in Christian Testimony
Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation Inc.
Studio Tenn Theatre Company
Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County
Williamson County Child Advocacy Center
Global Sanctuary for Elephants
Healing Housing, Inc.
Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
The Shalom Foundation
Frank Town Open Hearts Ministry, Inc.
21st District Recovery Court Inc.
Bridges of Williamson County
ARC of Williamson County
One Generation Away
Gentry's Education Center at the Store Front, Inc.
My Friend's House Family and Children Services Inc
Both Hands Foundation
Retrieving Independence, Inc.
Nashville Youth Sports Club, Inc.
Tennessee Kids Belong
The Gear Foundation Inc- Our Thrift Store Inc
Williamson Christian College
Friends of Franklin Parks, Inc.
Community Child Care, Inc.
Diverse Learners Cooperative
Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition
Williamson County CASA, Inc.
Beneath The Skin Inc.
Friends of Bowie Nature Park
People for Animals
Encouragement Ministries, Inc.
A.B.L.E. Youth, Inc.
Blessed Earth Tennessee Inc.
The Parent Teacher Student Organization of Nolensville High
Lotz House Foundation
Hard Bargain Mt. Hope Redevelopment Inc.
Assistance League of Nashville
Bravo Creative Arts Center Inc.
Williamson Animal Services Inc.
Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
Tennessee Youth Symphony
Lisa Ross Parker Foundation
The Shower Truck/Shower Up
Music City Pet Partners
White Fawn Farm
Restorative Justice Foundation, Inc.
St. Joseph Worker Foundation
Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue
Music City Trykes Chapter of National AMBUCS, Inc.
The Well Outreach
Solo Parent Society
Tennessee Naturalist Program, Inc.
Fine Arts Matter Inc
Resurgence Life Skills Institute, Inc.
African American Heritage Society Museum Inc
Daughters of the King
Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue
Tennessee Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
The View Community Resource Coalition Inc.
Fairview Arts Council
Blind & Charity Fund Downtown Nashville Lions Club
My Bag My Story
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.
Come together online at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 through 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 and give to the organizations that help make Middle Tennessee a place everyone is proud to call home.
For more information, go to TheBigPayback.org.