About The Big Payback Leaderboard
We want this to be a remarkable day for The Big Payback’s participants, as well as the Middle Tennessee community. In addition to donations raised, we include many ways for nonprofits to win cash prizes.

How It Works.
Organizational Breakdown
Organizations are categorized into three groups – Small, Medium and Large – based on the organization's Projected Expenses during the current fiscal year.

  • A Small Organization has projected expenses from $1-$249,999; 
  • A Medium Organization has projected expenses from $250,000-$999,999; 
  • A Large Organization has projected expenses of $1,000,000 or more.

Prize Structure
We give away Grand Prizes to organizations – Small, Medium and Large – with the highest number of unique donors and which raise the most money. In addition, cash awards are given based on donations during specific time increments as well as contests announced throughout the promotion of The Big Payback.


"We have seen time and time again what amazing things can happen when nonprofits put their minds to it,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “This community owes a great debt of gratitude to our local nonprofits for the life-changing, life-enhancing, and life-affirming work they do. They make a difference and have an impact each and every day, and so should we all.”