Barbecue on the River, Inc. pays charities for services needed to run a successful festival! In 2018, the festival paid McCracken County Softball $8,500 for parking and security, MCHS Boys Basketball $1,500 for Ice Trailer Management, Nate's Wish $5,000 for satellite parking management, and MCHS Ladies Basketball $2,500 for drink trailer managementBroadway Methodist was paid $1000 for Market Days Management.

Barbecue on the River, Inc. also hosts its own fundraisers. Our annual Porkstock raised $19,700.

Other charities and nonprofits raise money through the festival outside of selling barbecue.  Family Service Society raised $21,000 in 2018 through the managing the festival's Main Stage beer garden.