Big Payback raises record-breaking $4.1 million for mid-state nonprofits

Posted at 3:44 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 16:46:50-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Big Payback - a full day of online giving - made a big impact on nonprofits in Middle Tennessee with a record-breaking total.

Fifth Third Bank made the announcement Friday. The preliminary final amount totaled $4,106,182 and came from a total of 28,458 gifts.

Middle Tennesseans supporting 'The Big Payback' event

The Big Payback 2019

The event’s previous one-year record total was 2018 at $3,163,463.

According to event officials, a record 964 Middle Tennessee nonprofits, including schools and religious institutions, from 35 counties signed up to participate in this year’s event.

“The fact is, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to our nonprofits serving Middle Tennessee,” Lehman continued. “We at The Community Foundation are honored to play a part in this vital and critical work.

The Community Foundation puts on the giving event every year.

The top 10 nonprofits receiving the most donations are listed below:

  • Congregation Micah - $658,815 in donations from 25 unique donors
  • Nashville Public Library - $207,520 from 66 unique donors
  • Gordon Jewish Community Center -$202,642 from 14 unique donors
  • The Elephant Sanctuary - $110,674 from 1,227 unique donors
  • Proverbs 1210 Animal Rescue - $72,885 from 111 unique donors
  • Martha O’Bryan Center - $55,285 from 40 unique donors
  • Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee - $52,073 from seven unique donors
  • Freedom’s Promise - $48,310 from 138 unique donors
  • The Refuge Center for Counseling - $48,075 from 111 unique donors
  • Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes - $44,565 from 53 unique donors.