Donations Top $3.9 Million
Operation Round Up is a charitable giving program unique to electric cooperatives that is designed to provide financial donations to worthwhile community programs. Funds are collected by rounding up participating member's electric bills to the nearest dollar. Over $3.9 million has been donated locally since its inception in late 1996.
The program is operated by Crow Wing Power Community Trust, a separate non-profit organization, run by nine Crow Wing Power members who act as trustees. The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Round Up Board meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October. Deadlines for applications are Jan. 10, April 10, July 10 and October 10 each year. All decisions for donations are made by the trustees and are totally separate from the Crow Wing Power Board of Directors. Trustees on the Round Up Board serve a maximum of 6 years.
New Crow Wing Power members receive a packet that discusses Operation Round Up and automatic enrollment in the program and it includes an opt out form. Members enrolled typically donate an average 50 cents per month, or $6.00 a year. The small change makes a big change in helping charitable organizations in the region. Members who no longer want to be on the program should call 218-829-2827.