The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee again hosts one of the biggest online giving events in the area with The Big Payback 2017. During the past three years, The Big Payback has raised more than $6.5 million for nearly 800 local non-profit organizations, including schools, arts entities, religious operations and beyond. This year, the community-wide 24-hour online giving challenge takes place on May 3, 2017. There's a brand-new software platform, and the Community Foundation welcomes back its biggest sponsors to help with donation matching.

HOW IT WORKS

From midnight to midnight on May 3, 2017, you can visit thebigpayback.org make financial donations to participating non-profits, schools and religious institutions located and/or providing services in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee. Gifts from the public will be boosted with funds from corporate and private sponsors of The Big Payback. Non-profits will vie for these financial incentives and pop-up proizes, which are traced in real time on the leaderboard.

KID-FRIENDLY ORGANIZATIONS

Among the hundreds of non-profits benefiting from The Big Payback are several that touch the lives of children and families in the Middle Tennessee region. Here are just of few of those organizations you can support: 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee ABLE Youth Adventure Science Center Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee Bravo Creative Arts Center Brown Center for Autism Children are People, Inc. CASA Nashville Fannie Battle Day Home for Children Frist Center for the Visual Arts Girls on the Run of Middle Tennessee Mary's Magical Place Nashville Ballet Nashville Children's Theatre STARS Sumner Teen Center Youth Encouragement Service Youth Villages

To make a donation, go to thebigpayback.org.