The Big Payback online giving event to raise money for nonprofits May 6

Nonprofit organizations like Brightstone are asking residents to give to nonprofits during The Big Payback May 6. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit organizations like Brightstone are asking residents to give to nonprofits during The Big Payback May 6. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Nonprofit organizations like Brightstone are asking residents to give to nonprofits during The Big Payback May 6. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Big Payback, a one-day online giving event hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, will take place from 6 p.m. May 6 to 6 p.m. May 7.

Through The Big Payback, Tennessee residents can make online donations to local nonprofits across 40 counties in Middle Tennessee, with the minimum donation starting at $10.

“The goal is simple—inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations,” a statement on The Big Payback’s website said.

Nonprofits like BrightStone, an organization that helps adults with special needs, rely on donations from the community to pay staff and continue operating—a reliance that has only increased with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"God has not forgotten BrightStone,” Brenda Hauk, BrightStone Founder and CEO, said in a release. “He has blessed us to be able to continue to operate and pay our employees using funds we have diligently saved for a short term emergency like this; however, with an uncertain future, we continue to be grateful for support."

According to The Big Payback’s website, the event has raised $16.6 million for 1,000 nonprofits in Middle Tennessee since it began six years ago.

More information on The Big Payback and ways to give back to nonprofits can be found at


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