The Operation Roundup® program has helped thousands of people and organizations in need all across the nation and now it is helping members in our communities!
Operation Roundup® is a voluntary program that changed from an opt-in program to an opt-out program effective August, 2011, following a 2-to-1 vote of the MEA membership. Under the program, each participating member's bill will be automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar and proceeds will be donated to the MEA Charitable Foundation. These funds are then returned to the community in the form of Individual and Organization grants.
To opt-ou of this program, e-mail
, call Customer Service at (907) 761-9300, or visit us in person at any one of our district offices. To rejoin the program, just email us at
, call, or come by our offices.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Operation Roundup®?
A program that automatically rounds up a member's bill to the nearest dollar. For example, a bill for $17.89 would round up to $18.00 and the .11 would go to the MEA Charitable Foundation, who then distributes the money back into our communities. It is based on a highly successul series of similar programs at cooperatives around the nation.
Why is it an opt-out program?
Operation Roundup® became an opt-out program in August, 2011 for all MEA members. At the 2011 Annual Meeting and Election, MEA members voted by a 2-1 majority via mail and in-person voting to establish a round up program to permit our members to automatically round up their bills to the nearest dollar, and to authorize that it be an opt-out program.
What if I choose not to participate?
What if I have opted out of the program and now wish to participate again?
Who decides where donated funds are distributed?
There is a Charitable Foundation Board of Directors that consists of outstanding members of our communities. This board will meet on a quarterly basis to review applications.
Yes. Every MEA account will be rounded up to the nearest dollar.
How do I know how much of my bill is going to Operation Roundup®?
Your monthly billing statement will have a line listing Operation Roundup® and the amount that rounds up your bill to the next dollar.
How much money will be raised each year?
Based on an average of .25 cents per month from participating MEA members, about $168,000 could be raised annually.
How do I or my organization apply for a grant?
To apply for a grant please download the appropriate application below and submit the completed application via the instructions on the last page of the application.
Grant Application Deadlines
*Grant Applications are due to the MEA Headquarters Building (Palmer, AK) by 5 p.m. on listed date. Any applications received after this time will be placed with the next quarter applications.
|Quarter 3||Due Tuesday, September 30||Decision made Thursday, October 23|
|Quarter 4||Due Tuesday, December 30||Decision made Thursday, January 22|
|Quarter 1||Due Tuesday, March 31||Decision made Thursday, April 23|
|Quarter 2||Due Tuesday, June 30||Decision made Thursday, July 23|
|Quarter 3||Due Wednesday, September 30||Decision made Thursday, October 22|
|Quarter 4||Due Wednesday, December 30||Decision made Thursday, January 28|
* The Charitable Foundation Board regrets it is unable to expedite grants.
I’d like to give more than a dollar each month, can I?
Absolutely! You can designate any additional amount you would like to donate using the form below.
Are my donations tax deductible?
While MEA can’t offer tax advice, your donations can generally be considered tax deductible, charitable contributions.
The best part about this program is that all funds go directly to our members in each district!