Operation Round-Up® is a charitable giving program designed to provide financial assistance to local non-profit organizations and community programs. In essence, it's people helping people.
YOUR SMALL CHANGE ADDS UP
More than eighty-six percent of Crow Wing Power members participate in Operation Round-Up® by allowing the Cooperative to round up their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar.
Operation Round-Up® is a charitable giving program, unique to electric cooperatives, that is designed to provide financial donations to worthwhile community programs. Since the program’s inception in 1996, Operation Round-Up® and Crow Wing Power members have awarded over $4 million to local non-profit organizations and community service programs.
The rounded-up funds (an average of 50¢/month) are placed in a trust fund that is administered by an independent trust board made of up Cooperative members. Operation Round-Up® funds are given to local civic organizations and worthy causes through an application and selection process.
OPERATION ROUND-UP® MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES
GIVING IN 2022
Operation Round-Up® contributions are generally made to 501(c)3 organizations whose activities benefit members of the Crow Wing Power service area in the following categories:
- Early Childhood, Youth, and Senior Organizations
- Food Shelves
- Community Organizations
- School Scholarships
- Local Environmental Projects
- Provide Life-Saving Equipment for Local Emergency Responders
- Human health and well-being
* Typical contributions are between $500 — $3000.
The Operation Round-Up® program is operated by the Crow Wing Power Community Trust, a separate non-profit organization run by nine Crow Wing Power members who act as trustees. Trustees review applications quarterly and determine funding allocations and distribution.
Current trustees include:
- Karleen Nelson-Richards
- Todd Malecha
- Terry Sandstrom
- Joan Johnson
- Kathleen Stephan
- Jackson Purfeerst
- Matt Kilian
- Betty Doss
Trustees on the Operation Round-Up® Trust Board serve a maximum of 6 years.
Crow Wing Power members are automatically enrolled in the Operation Round-Up® program when they sign up for electric service. Program details are included in the New Member Packet.
Member’s average contribution is 50 cents per month, or $6.00 a year.
To opt-out of the program, members need to notify Crow Wing Power by completing the Opt Out Form or calling (218) 829-2827.
Crow Wing Power Community Trust (Operation Round-Up®) provides an annual grant opportunity for organizations in April. The grant historically has been given to worthy applicants in amounts up to $12,000. The purpose of the Impact Grant is to give a boost to a unique project/program, organization, or community to ensure its success.
Applicants must show that this one-time grant would have major impact for their project, organization, or community. The organization needs to show that they have a history of success, or if it is a start-up project, the business plan must be strong and show large community support.
Operation Round-Up® is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The small change adds up to a big change for area programs.
To qualify for an application, contact Char Kinzer or Kara Mudford at Crow Wing Power, 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401.