A record number of area nonprofits are busy preparing in a big way for The Big Payback’s fifth annual, 24-hour online giving day that includes groups from Williamson, Maury and Davidson counties and many more.

A total of 902 Middle Tennessee nonprofits — including schools and religious institutions — from 35 counties will be participating in The Big Payback, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, on Wednesday, May 2.

The record total includes 115 organizations representing 23 counties that will be participating in The Big Payback for the first time. Categories include human services, education, community improvement, arts and culture, youth development, animal welfare, health, housing and shelter, and the environment.

There are historic preservation nonprofits, like Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill and the Lotz House in Franklin; human development groups like GiGi’s Playhouse, Barefoot Republic, and Boys and Girls Clubs; environmental groups like Blessed Earth; healthcare nonprofits like the Sickle Cell Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Maury Regional Hospital; culture groups like Make Music Nashville; and charities like The Nashville Food Project.

The Big Payback is a community-wide online giving day designed to give the public the opportunity to pay back the nonprofits that make this a place we are proud to call home. Starting at midnight on May 2, there is 24 hours to make donations to a wide swath of participating local nonprofits at

In its first four events, The Big Payback has helped organizations raise more than $9.3 million in donations as well as foster an impressive 18,806 first-time gifts, making possible awareness of and solutions to pressing needs in our community.

“The Big Payback’s slogan is ‘Live Here. Give Here’ and provides an easy and fun way for our community to show our local pride and give back,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

“Nonprofits do life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee, and it’s important we recognize the positive impact they have in our own backyards by supporting their efforts,” Lehman continued. “It’s hard to imagine where we’d be without them and their work.”

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.