Operation Round Up

To make a contribution

Does the fire department in your community need equipment? Is your library in need of repairs? Operation Round Up, a voluntary community support program helps local organizations and worthy causes via spare change. MiEnergy members can choose to have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the exceeding cents going towards Operation Round Up. The program is voluntary.

Round up your monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar and the remaining cents will go towards Operation Round Up. The average annual contribution from a cooperative member is $6. The most a member could contribute is $11.88 (99¢ a month).


In general, the board will consider making donations to:

  • Programs, projects and equipment which are important components of a community’s overall quality of life in our local area.
  • Community-based environmental education programs and projects.
  • Programs and projects that enhance the cultural environment of communities in our local area.
  • Hardship relief (food shelves, crisis centers, emergency assistance, disaster assistance, etc.)
  • Youth programs designed to combat critical social problems affecting children and youth
  • Organizations with programs to assist disadvantaged children and youth.


Contributions will generally not be made for:

  • Lobbying, political and religious organizations.
  • Fraternal and labor organizations.
  • Fund-raising dinners, raffles and other similar events.
  • Capital fund campaigns.
  • Advertising or marketing campaigns.
  • On-going operational expenses.
  • Uniforms.
  • Athletic equipment.
  • Transportation.
  • Projects substantially completed by the time the application is made. 

All application decisions:

  • Are based on need.
  • Give priority to cooperative members.
  • Are based on the availability of funds.

Evaluation factors

The following factors will be considered in the evaluation of all funding requests:

  • Potential to benefit area residents and entire community or local area.
  • Level of local support for the program or project.
  • Results that are predictable and that can be evaluated.
  • Administrative capability of the organization to deliver quality service or program.
  • Lower priority given to applicants that have the power to levy.


  • Complete application form.
  • Provide detailed budget demonstrating how the grant funds will be spent and sources and/or uses of existing project/program funds. 
  • Submit a copy of the IRS tax-exempt letter, if appropriate.

MiEnergy's Board of Directors chooses individuals to serve on the Operation Round Up Trust Board. The trust board members choose where the funds get donated and the amount of the donation based on an application process. The trust board members include: Tom Tibor, of Minnesota City, president; John Bronk, of Winona, vice president; Margaret Knutson, of Houston, secretary/treasurer; Larry Hafner, of La Crescent; Allen Hanson, of Preston; Miriam Harstad, of Harmony; Shannon Schmelzer, of Cresco; Janelle Mahr, of Lime Springs and Arlene Hegge, of La Crescent. 

Operation Round Up 2017 trust board members


Application deadlines are Feb. 15 and Aug. 15. Applications will be reviewed by the Trust Board at their regularly scheduled meeting. Those chosen to receive funds will be notified. Emergency submission will only be considered at the discretion of the board.

If you have questions about the program or application please contact:

Brenda Tesch
Director of Public Relations