Giving always matters.

There has been one day each May for the past seven years when the community comes together and showers nonprofits with 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 eighth annual, 24-hour online giving event May 5-6.

An event-record total of 1,017 organizations from 33 counties will participate in the Big Payback, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. First-time participants include 87 organizations from 12 counties.

Starting May 5 at 6 p.m., there will be 24 hours to make donations to a wide array of organizations at

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 higher.

In its seven-year history, the Big Payback helped to raise nearly $21 million from a total of 147,642 donations for participating nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations.

In the tumultuous year of 2020, 988 organizations that represented 34 counties participated in the 24-hour giving day and despite our region’s multiple disasters, residents and businesses alike donated more than $4.3 million from a total of 31,694 gifts, including prize incentives made available through the Big Payback sponsors.

Participating organizations from Davidson County will be 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, 260 Change Fund, 4:13 Strong, A Better Balance, A Cause for Celebration, A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Abe's Garden, Achilles International, ACLU Foundation of Tennessee, Actors Bridge Ensemble Theater of Nashville, Adventure Science Center Nashville, Advocates for Women's and Kids' Equality, Affordable Housing of Nashville, Agape Animal Rescue, Association for Guidance Aid Placement & Empathy, Akiva School, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, Alive Hospice, ALS Association-Tennessee Chapter, Alzheimer's Association Tennessee Chapter, American Baptist Theological Seminary, American Entertainment Works, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Tennessee Chapter, American Liver Foundation Mid-South Division, American Muslim Advisory Council, American Red Cross Nashville Area Chapter, Amputee Blade Runners, An Array of Charm Camps for Youth Development, Andrew Jackson Police Youth Camp, Angel Flight Soars, Angel Heart Farm, Animal Welfare Fund, Aphesis House, API Middle Tennessee, April Gloaming Publishing, Aquinas College, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, Autism Tennessee, Aspen Tree Ministries, Assistance League of Nashville, Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee, Attachment Parenting International, Autism Foundation of Tennessee, Autism Speaks, Backfield in Motion, Beech Creek Ministries, Begin Anew, Belcourt Theatre, Bellevue Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Bellevue Middle School Edible Learning Lab, Belmont Mansion, Benton Hall Academy, Bethany Christian Services, Bethesda Workshops, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, Better Decisions, BeWell in School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Blakemore Children's Center, Blessed Revelations, Blood:Water Mission, Bonaparte's Retreat, Book'em, Bordeaux Hospital Advocates, Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Breaking Cycles Ministry, Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Bright Heart Foundation, Brooklyn Heights Community Garden, Brooks Fund, Building Entrepreneurs for Success in Tennessee, CABLE Foundation, Calvary Young Children's School, Camp Kesem, Caring Hearts Ministry, CASA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Centennial Park Conservancy, Center for Nonprofit Management, Centerstone Foundation, Charis Ministries, Chatterbird, Cheekwood, ChildcareTennessee, Children's Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee, Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Christian, Cooperative Ministry, Christian Schools, Circle Players, Civic Tennessee, Clara Mohammed School of Nashville, Club 51 AAU, Colby's Army, Communities in Schools of Tennessee, Community Arts of Bellevue, Community Care Fellowship, Community Resource Center, Community Shares of Tennessee, Conexion Americas, Congregation Micah, COOP, Corner to Corner, Cosecha Community Development, Cottage Cove Urban Ministries, Council on Aging of Greater Nashville-AgeWell Middle Tennessee, Country Music Foundation, Creative Parks Nashville, CreatiVets, Crossroads Campus, Cumberland Community Options, Cumberland Heights Foundation, Cumberland River Compact, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Dancing Through the Curriculum, Dare 2 DREAM Foundation, Day 7, Daystar Counseling Ministries, Discover Madison, Discover Tennessee, Dismas, Doing Good, Donelson Christian Academy, Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee, Eakin School Parent Teacher Organization, Early Childhood Education Scholarship, East Nashville Community Action Network, East Nashville Cooperative Ministry, East Nashville Hope Exchange, Easter Seals Tennessee, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee-Renewed, Echoes of Hope, Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership, Eighteenth Avenue Community Center, El Shaddai Christian Church, Elmahaba Center, End Slavery Tennessee, Epic Girl, Episcopal School of Nashville, Equal Chance for Education, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Exile International, Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee, FIND Design, Faith Family Medical Center, FALL, Fallen Heroes Family Camp, Family Affair Ministries, Family and Children's Service, Family Reconciliation Center, Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, FiftyForward Senior Citizens, First Steps, Fisk University, FLUFF, Foundation for Tennessee Chess, Free for Life International, Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary, Freedom's Promise, Friends Life, Friends of Long Hunter State Park, Friends of Metro Dance, Friends of Mill Ridge Park, Friends of Radnor Lake, Friends of Shelby Park, Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind, Friends of the Warner Parks, Friends of Woodmont Park, Friendship House, Frist Art Museum, From the Heart International Education Foundation, From Your Father, Galaxy Star Drug Awareness-Nashville Peacemakers, Genesis Learning Centers, Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Girls on the Run of Middle Tennessee, Girls Write Nashville, Give Black, Give Back,, Global Education Center, Global Outreach Developments International, Goodlettsville Fund, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Gordon Jewish Community Center, Grateful Daniel Fund, Green Revitalization Initiative of Nashville, Greenways for Nashville GTO Conferences, Guardianship and Trusts Corp., Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, Hands On Nashville, Harvest Hands Community Development Corp. Healing Arts Project, Heaven South-The Store, Holly Street Corp., Holy Rosary Academy, Home Street Home Ministries, Homework Hotline, Hope Clinic for Women, HopeKids Middle Tennessee, Horizons at University School of Nashville, Hospital Hospitality House, House2Home Nashville, HUGGS for Inspirational Men and Women, Humanities Tennessee, HWEN Corp., I Am Recovery, iGiveFoundation, Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee, Inspiritus, Interfaith Dental Clinic, Intersection, Isaiah 58, J.C. Movement, Jazz Empowers, Jessi Zazu, Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Jewish Middle School, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, Junior League of Nashville, Justice Industries, King's Daughters Day Home, Kiwanis Club of Greater Music City Foundation, Ladies of Charity of Nashville, Lambscroft Ministries, Land Trust for Tennessee, Larkspur Conservation, LEAD Academy, Leadership Music, League of Women Voters of Tennessee Education Fund, Learning Matters, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Les Dames d'Escoffier Nashville, LETS Play, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lighthouse Christian School, Lillian Ashley Fund, Lipscomb University, Little Kids Rock, Love Helps, Love in a Big World, Luke 14:12, Make Music Nashville, Make Nashville, Martha O'Bryan Center, Matthew 25, Inc., Matthew Walker Health Center, McKendree United Methodist Church, McNeilly Center for Children, Medical Foundation of Nashville, Meharry Medical College, Men of Valor, Mending Hearts, Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, Mercy Multiplied America, Metro Nashville Chorus-Sweet Adelines International, Metro Nashville Parks Foundation, Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation, Metropolitan Human Relations Commission Support Fund, Metropolitan Nashville Police Support Fund, Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency, Middle Tennessee German Shepherd Rescue, Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair Foundation, Mid-Tennessee Supported Living, Miracle League of Music City, Miriam's Promise, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt , Monroe Harding, Mother to Mother, MOVE Inclusive Dance, Moves & Grooves, Music City Baroque, Music City Disc Golf, Music City Youth in the Arts-Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, Music for Seniors, Music for the Soul, Music Health Alliance, Music Neighbors, Musicians on Call, NAMI Davidson County, NAMI Tennessee, NASBA Center for the Public Trust, Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Nashville Angels, Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce Charities, Nashville Ballet, Nashville CARES, Nashville Cat Rescue, Nashville Children's Alliance, Nashville Civic Design Center, Nashville Coaching Coalition, Nashville Community Bail Fund, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Nashville Debate League, Nashville Diaper Connection, Nashville Digital Inclusion Fund, Nashville Dolphins, Nashville Dream Center, Nashville Drug Court Support Foundation, Nashville Education Community and Arts Television Corp., Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Freedom School Partnership, Nashville Humane Association, Nashville in Harmony, Nashville, International Center For Empowerment, Nashville Jazz Workshop, Nashville Launch Pad, Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation, Nashville Opera Association, Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Nashville Public Education Foundation, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Nashville Public Media, Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television Council, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville Rowing Club, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Software School, Nashville State Community College Foundation, Nashville Steam Preservation Society, Nashville Street Barbers, Nashville Symphony Association, Nashville Teacher Residency, Nashville Tools For Schools, Nashville Tree Foundation, Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center, National Alliance of Panafrican Seminarians, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, National Museum of African American Music, Nations Ministry Center, Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, National Council of Jewish Women Nashville Section, NeedLink Nashville, Neighborhood Health, Neighborhoods Resource Center, New Dialect, New Horizons Corp., New Level Community Development Corp., Next Generation Dance Academy, NIA House Montessori, Nikki Mitchell Foundation, Noah's Ark Society, Notes for Notes, Now Opportunities Can Exist,, Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee, Nurture the Next, Oasis Center, Old School Farm, Ollie Otter Child Safety Foundation, One Life International-Seed India, Open Arms Care Corp., Open Table of Nashville, Operation Song, Operation Stand Down Tennessee, Opportunity Now Fund, Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, Oscar L. Farris Agricultural Museum Association, Our Kids, Our Place Nashville, Our Pride Encompasses Nashville-Nashville Pride, OZ Arts Nashville, Park Center, Pass the Beauty Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee, Pathway Lending-Southeast Community Capital Corp., Pawster Nashville, PENCIL Foundation, People Loving Nashville, Persist Nashville, Pet Community Center, Phoenix Rising, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, Plant the Seed, Play Like A Girl, Portara Ensemble, Possibilities, Poverty and the Arts, Pregnancy Care Center, Preserve Lindsley Avenue Now, Preston Taylor Ministries, Priest Lake Christian Academy a Mission of Priest Lake Community Baptist Church, Progress, Project Connect, Project Return, Project Transformation Tennessee, Proverbs 1210 Animal Rescue, Purpose Preparatory Academy, Radio Free Nashville, Raise the Roof Academy, Rally Foundation, Raphah Institute, Ready Nest Foundation-the Rooted Bridge, Rebuilding Together Nashville, Rejoice Ministries, Renewal House, RePublic Schools Nashville, Rescue 1 Global, Residential Resources, Restore Small Groups, Rise Against Hunger – Nashville, Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Group, Rochelle Center, Rocketown of Middle Tennessee, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville Tennessee, Rooftop Foundation, Room in the Inn, Safe Entry, Safe Haven Family Shelter, Saint Thomas Health Foundation, Salama Urban Ministries, Salvation Army of Nashville, Samaritan Recovery Community, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Senior Center for the Arts, Senior Ride Nashville Inc., Sexual Assault Center, Shade Tree Family Clinic, Shelters to Shutters, Shower the People, Siloam Health, Skyline Auxiliary, Slow Food Middle Tennessee, Small World Yoga, Smart Art + Craft Supplies, Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Society of Saint Andrew, Soles4Souls, SongwritingWith:Soldiers, Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare, Southern Automotive Women's Forum, Southern Environmental Law Center, Southern Word, Special Olympics Tennessee, Sports Fund, Springboard Landings, St. Bernard Academy, St. Luke's Community House, St. Mary Villa Child Development Center, STARS Nashville, Street Theatre Co., Strick's Gift, STRIVE Collegiate Academy, Strive for You, Stronger Than My Father, Survivor Fitness Foundation, Sweet Sleep, Tapping Individual Potential, Teach for America, TechBridge, Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Tennessee Alliance for Kids, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, Tennessee Association for Children's Early Education, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, Tennessee Environmental Council, Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, Tennessee Fair Housing Council, Tennessee Fisher House Foundation, Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Fund, Tennessee 4-H Foundation, Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, Tennessee Historical Society, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, Tennessee Innocence Project, Tennessee Justice Center, Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors, Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Tennessee Language Center, Tennessee Lions Charities, Tennessee Local Food Fund, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Tennessee Poison Center, Tennessee Primary Care Association, Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, Tennessee Trucking Foundation, Tennessee Voices for Children, Tennessee Voices for Victims, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Tennessee Women in Green, Tennessee Women's Theater Project, Tennessee World Affairs Council, TennGreen Land Conservancy, The Achiever Academy, The Addis Clinic, The Angel Fund, The Arc of Davidson County & Greater Nashville, The Arc of Tennessee, The Arts Place, The Branch of Nashville, The Bridge Ministry, The Brightspring Hospice Foundation, The Build Up Foundation, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The Conservation Fund, The Contributor, The Edison School, The Educators' Cooperative, The Estuary, The Family Center, The Foundation for Justice, Freedom and Mercy, The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion, The Heimerdinger Foundation, The Hermitage-Andrew Jackson Foundation, The Hillsboro Players Booster Club, The Hope Station, The Housing Fund, The IBMA Foundation, The James Bess Foundation, The Joseph School, The Kitty and Pat Emery Fund for Nashville, The Little Pantry That Could, The Minerva Foundation, The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, The Nashville Food Project, The Nashville Pipes and Drums, The Nashville Singers, The New Beginnings Center, The Next Door, The Operation Andrew Group, The Porch Writers' Collective, The Solar Angel Fund, The Temple-Congregation Ohabai Sholom, The Theater Bug, The Theodore Roosevelt Association Police Award Fund, The Wonderful Life Foundation, ThinkTennessee, Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation, Thistle Farms, Thrift Alliance, Time To Rise, Tomorrow Fund, Tomorrow's Leaders for Change, Touchstone Youth Resource Services, Transformation Life Center, Transformation Nashville, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Travellers Rest Historic House Museum, Trevecca Nazarene University – Trevecca Urban Farm, Trinity Community Commons, Tulip Street Church-Frances Southerland Legacy Fund, TuneTown Show Chorus, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, United Service Organizations, Nashville and Fort Campbell, University Community Health Services, Unscripted, UpRise Nashville, Urban Bicycle Food Ministry Nashville, Urban Green Lab, Urban Housing Solutions, Urban League of Middle Tennessee, Valor Collegiate Academies, Vanderbilt Hillel, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Verge Theater Co., Vocal Arts Nashville, Voice of Thunder Ministry, Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy, Volunteers of America Mid-States, W.O. Smith Community Music School, Wags and Walks, Walden's Puddle, Walk-Bike Nashville, Water Walkers, Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center, Welcome Home Ministries, Welcoming Nashville Fund, West End Synagogue, West Nashville Dream Center, West Nashville Sports League, Westminster Home Connection, WFSK Jazzy 88, Wings of Courage, Women's Fund, World Hunger Team, Wounded Warrior Project, WXNA, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, You Have the Power... Know How to Use It, Youth Empowerment Through Arts and Humanities, Youth Encouragement Services, Youth Villages and YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee.

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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 people, families, companies, nonprofits and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect the intentions and goals of their charitable endeavors. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit


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