Barbecue on the River, Inc. pays charities for services needed to run a successful festival! In 2014, the festival paid McCracken County Softball $7,500 for parking and security, Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club, $1,500 for Ice Trailer Management, Nate's Wish $5,000 for satellite parking management, and Easter Seals West Kentucky $2,500 for drink trailer management

In addition, the United Way of Paducah was able to raise $16,500 through their annual festival 5K. 

Barbecue on the River, Inc. also hosts its own fundraisers. Our annual Porkstock raised $6.163/59. Market Days raised over $27,100.00 and the sale of Pepsi soft drinks during the festival raised $18,700.00

Other charities and nonprofits raise money through the festival outside of selling barbecue.  Family Service Society raised $28,564.49 in 2015 through the managing the festival's Main Stage beer garden. West Kentucky Futbol Club raised $18,874.07 through the management of the 2nd Street Beer Garden.   Rotaract raised $37,744.41 through running the People's Choice Awards.