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 fund that is administered by an independent trust board made up of Cooperative members. Operation Round-Up® funds are given to local civic organizations and worthy causes through an application and selection process. 



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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.

Operation Round-Up® funding is distributed quarterly, and the application deadlines for each round are as follows:

  • January 1
  • April 1
  • July 1
  • October 1

To apply for funding please complete the application below.

Complete the Online Form    Download and Mail Printable Form


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
  • Steve Uban

Trustees on the Operation Round-Up® Trust Board serve a maximum of 6 years.

View a list of organizations that recently received funding from the Operation Round-Up® program.

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.

Please contact Jenna Anderson or Kara Mudford at Crow Wing Power, 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401, for any questions related to applying for the 2024 Impact Grant.

The deadline for 2024 has closed. The 2025 grant process will be open in January 2025.

Learn about the 2023 Impact Grant Winner