The Big Payback, Tennessee’s 7th annual giving day, encourages Middle Tennesseans to give local and support nonprofits during 24-hour campaign


Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is once again participating in The Big Payback, a 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continuing their work and directly improving the community around them. This is the seventh year that Owl’s Hill is taking part in the event.

Presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The Big Payback’s dedicated day of giving begins at 6pm on Wednesday, May 6 and runs for 24 hours.

Once the clock starts ticking, anyone can visit and make donations to Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary. Supporters can also get a head start on helping by creating peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, similar to those of GoFundMe or Facebook. Those campaigns will begin accepting donations starting on Wednesday, April 29th.

Gifts from the public to Owl’s Hill during The Big Payback also are boosted with funds from sponsors, which provide multiple opportunities for Owl’s Hill to vie for financial incentives and additional prizes. In addition, the Barbara J Mapp Foundation will match funds $1 for $1 up to the first $5,000.

“Nonprofits do important, life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee,” says Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation.

“Over the years, The Big Payback has become an exciting opportunity for us to come together as a community to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors,” continues Lehman. “And in this day and time it has never been more important. All of us have, through these 2020 disasters, pitched in where and when they could. We live here and we should give here to recognize our gratitude to nonprofits and those who make them run.”

To support Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, visit


About Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary:

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 organization, located in the Beech Creek Valley area of Williamson County, Tennessee. It provides a protected home for the more than 2,000 species of local flora and fauna that thrive in the hills, forests, creek, ponds and meadows of this 300-acre private nature preserve.

As stewards of environmental education along with land and wildlife conservation, the staff and volunteers at Owl’s Hill work to create a special place for visitors of all ages to explore the great outdoors, learn about our native wildlife and connect with nature. We accomplish this through year-round school and public programming, scout programs, workshops, lectures, hiking trails, Tennessee naturalist training, outreach programs and volunteer engagement. For more information, visit

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit