United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. Participating in The Big Payback


United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) is taking part in The Big Payback, a region-wide, 24-hour online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continue their work, which directly improves the community around them.

The inaugural event, sponsored by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Kharis Foundation, will begin at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 and end on Wednesday, May 7 at 6 a.m. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit TheBigPayback.org or www.usetinc.org and make donations to USET, and other participating nonprofits, including schools and religious institutions that serve the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

"USET is honored and pleased to be participating in The Big Payback's inaugural event. While USET has called Middle Tennessee home for the past 39 years, many in the area are unfamiliar with our important work. We are excited about this opportunity to create awareness about our efforts and the impact that we have across Indian country, with Tribal Nations located in this region, and local communities," said Kitcki A. Carroll, executive director of USET.

Gifts from the public will be boosted with funds from sponsors of The Big Payback. USET will vie for financial incentives and additional prizes through the online leaderboard, which will track donations in real time.

"For 24 hours on May 6 and 7, The Big Payback will be the most inclusive, most collaborative giving event in Middle Tennessee history. It will be an easy, fun and a meaningful way for all of us 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 time for us to come together to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors, in our own backyards.”

Public donors will be able to view and select from participating nonprofits based on location and focus area, such as animals, education, healthcare and more. Donors can support multiple nonprofits and make gifts of any size, from $10 and up.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 1,000 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 22 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $684 million to community programs and institutions.

USET appreciates any and all contributions. USET is dedicated to promoting Indian leadership, improving the quality of life for American Indians, and protecting Indian rights and resources on Tribal lands. Although its guiding principal is unity, USET plays a major role in the self-determination of all member Tribes by working to improve the capabilities of Tribal governments. Established in 1969, United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., is a non-profit, intertribal organization that collectively represents its member Tribes at the regional and national level.