When your small change can make a BIG difference
Watch a special VIDEO HERE that explains the program.
To receive a monetary contribution from Operation Round Up, please download the form online and mail as indicated on the application form. Application forms are availabe to download in (pdf or msword) formats.
Donations made since program inception in October 2004:
Contributions Current: Through March 2015
For less than $1 a month, you can make a difference in someone’s life. It may seem like small change, and it is, but when you multiply that by the thousands of Lake Country Power members who will be participating in Operation Round Up®, it makes a big difference.
Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives that is designed to provide financial assistance to local nonprofit organizations and community projects such as food shelves, volunteer fire departments and rural ambulance services. Co-op members can voluntarilyparticipate by “rounding up” electric bills each month to the nearest dollar.
Questions and Answers about Operation Round Up®
Q: What is Operation Round Up®?
A: It’s a charitable program designed to provide financial assistance to local nonprofit organizations and community projects such as food shelves, volunteer fire departments and rural ambulance services. Co-op members can voluntarily participate by “rounding up” electric bills each month to the nearest dollar.
Q: Who participates in Operation Round Up® and when?
A: Co-op members are automatically enrolled in the program, unless they contact Lake Country Power to opt out. Participation in the program is voluntary. For those who don’t care to participate, the co-op provides opportunities to opt-out, including:
- Toll-free telephone call: 1-800-421-9959
- Online opt-out option (see below)
Q: How much money will I be donating?
A: The average annual donation is expected to be less than $6.00 per member, while the maximum annual contribution will average less than $12 per year. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Q: Who administers the funds donated by Lake Country Power’s members?
A: A nine-member voluntary Trust Board oversees charitable giving through Operation Round Up®. The Trust Board is comprised of co-op members appointed by the Lake Country Power Board of Directors—one member from each of the co-op’s nine districts. The Trust Board is responsible for approving the Operation Round Up® bylaws, reviewing applications and dispersing funds to local community organizations and projects. The Trust Board is comprised of the following Lake Country Power members:
- Christina Hujanen – Tower
- Dr. Mary Bianco – Ely
- Christine Johnson – Britt
- Yvette Schultenover – Grand Rapids
- Steven Johnson – Longville
- Elaine Kingsley – Hill City
- Debra Frazier – Zim
- Marsha Doten – McGregor
- Debra Bottem – Moose Lake
The Trust Board evaluates and distributes grants within the following giving
• Community Service
• Education and Youth
• Community Economic Assistance
• Emergency Energy Assistance
• Disaster Relief
Trust Board members volunteer their time and, except for optional mileage reimbursement, receive no pay or compensation for serving on the board.
Q: Who benefits?
A: With budget cuts to many programs traditionally funded by the state and an increased number of requests for donations, the collective small change donated by co-op members will benefit nonprofit organizations and other worthwhile causes in LCP’s service area. For example, the funds will help stock local food shelves, help buy new equipment for volunteer fire departments and support community health initiatives.
Q: How much will it raise?
A: If 80 percent of Lake Country Power’s 41,000 members participate, the co-op could raise well over $150,000 a year for worthwhile causes and organizations in our local communities. There are 27 electric co-ops in Minnesota participating in the program. More than $5 million has been raised for charitable causes. Crow Wing Power, a co-op to the south of LCP, has 80% participation among its members and raises over $150,000 annually. The funds are donated back to the local communities in its service area.
Q: How does Operation Round Up® work?
A: This program is designed to “round up” your electric bill to the nearest dollar and use the additional change to fund the Operation Round Up® program for charitable giving purposes. Although your change is a small amount, when combined with other participating co-op members, the potential impact could make a substantial difference in our communities. Contributions are tax deductible.
Q: Why should I participate?
A: You should contribute only if you want to join other co-op members in a community development effort AND only if you feel you can afford to contribute up to $12 a year. Through a cooperative and unified program, you’ll have a means of donating to worthy causes, and, through Operation Round Up®, the small change of individuals can add up and make a big difference for our area. Together, we can do some wonderful things for our local communities.
Online Opt-Out Response
If you do not wish to participate in Operation Round Up®, you may complete the following electronic form.