Kelly from the Community Foundation talks the Big Payback live in studio


Following through on their mission of “connecting generosity with need,” the Big Payback is once again dedicating 24 hours so the community can give back to charity.

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Big Payback is a 24-hour online giving event where the public can “payback” the nonprofit organizations that have helped shape their communities. Running from 6 p.m. on May 6 to 6 p.m. on May 7, local nonprofits, schools, and religious institutions are encouraged to register before March 31 to join the community-wide event.

For seven years, the Big Payback has helped recognize and support local nonprofits and organizations, and to prepare for 2020’s event, Kelly from the Community Foundation joined Lt. Dan in the studio to share some background and goals for this year. 

“We really wanted to create an event that was a collaborative event for nonprofits.”

Kelly from the Community Foundation

Last year the Big Payback brought in more than $4.1 million from 28,458 gifts, and in the past six years, over $16.6 million was brought in. This year, Kelly hopes that number reaches $20 million and that over 1,000 organizations join, building on the 967 organizations that participated last year. 

The Big Payback is just one of many efforts from the Community Foundation to connect generosity with need, with various charitable funds currently available on their website to contribute. 

With nonprofit training happening soon, there’s still time to register for the Big Payback, and don’t forget to give online when May 6 rolls around! 

Listen to the full interview below:

Written by Joe Bendekovic