The Big Payback raises $3.1 million for area non-profits


The Big Payback's fifth annual 24-hour online giving campaign raised a record amount of funds for the more than 900 non-profit agencies participating this year.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee announced Thursday that $3,189,121 was donated from 22,071 total gifts. The totals include funds raised and prize totals, but prize awarding is still in process.

The event's previous one-year record total was $2,64 million donated in 2015.

A total of 902 Middle Tennessee non-profits, including schools and religious institutions, from 35 counties signed up to participate in The Big Payback.

"Not since the flood of 2010 has Middle Tennessee come together to make so many good things happen," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation. "And it isn't funny that it all happened in the hours of May 2, virtually the same day as our flood rains kept coming years ago.

There were 5,910 gifts made during this year's The Big Payback from donors who said it was their first gift to a particular organization. Through five years, 24,716 gifts have come from first-time donors.

The top 10 fundraising organizations were: Family and Children's Services, $203,410, 11 unique donors; The Elephant Sanctuary, $132,225, 1,643 unique donors; Nations Ministry Center, $115,785, 42 unique donors; Freedom's Promise, $62,139, 190 unique donors; Global Sanctuary for Elephants, $61,371, 475 unique donors; Narrow Gate Foundation, $56,338, 69 unique donors; Second Harvest Food Bank, $51,280, 383 unique donors; Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, $50,108, 803 unique donors; Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, $42,269, 356 unique donors; Justice Industries, $42,235, 147 unique donors.In all, 385 organizations raised more than $1,000, with 138 organizations raising more than $5,000, 65 organizations raising more than $10,000 and 28 organizations raising more than $20,000.

For a complete list of non-profit giving totals and prize winners, visit The Big Payback's web site.

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