Operation Roundup®

The Operation Roundup® program is helping members in our communities!

Operation Roundup® is a voluntary program, where 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.

The best part about this program is that all funds go directly to our members in each district!

Roundup Disbursements 2011 to Current

Grant Application due dates for 2015 are as follows:

Quarter 1: 3/31/15
Quarter 2: 6/30/15
Quarter 3: 9/30/15
Quarter 4: 12/29/15

Frequently Asked Questions about Operation Roundup®

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.

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.

Organization Application

Individual/Family Application

Grant Application Deadlines

Quarter Applications Received at MEA Headquarters By Grant Awarded After *
1st March 31 April 30
2nd June 30 July 31
3rd September 30 October 31
4th December 29 January 31

* Grants are due in an office by 5 p.m. on the day they are due. The Charitable Foundation Board regrets it is unable to expedite grants.

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.

Who decides where donated funds are distributed?

There is a volunteer Charitable Foundation Board of Directors that consists of outstanding members of our communities. This board meets on a quarterly basis to review applications.

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.

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 by calling customer service at (907) 761-9300 or visit us in person at any one of our three district offices.

Are my donations tax deductible?

While MEA can’t offer tax advice, your donations can generally be considered tax deductible, charitable contributions.

If I have multiple accounts will they all be rounded up?

Yes. Every MEA account will be rounded up to the nearest dollar.

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?

To opt-out, e-mail optout@mea.coop, call customer service at (907) 761-9300 or visit us in person at any one of our three district offices.

What if I have opted out of the program and now wish to participate again?

To rejoin the program, just email us at optin@mea.coop, call customer service at (907) 761-9300, or visit one of our district offices in Palmer, Wasilla, or Eagle River.

What if I change my mind after a few months? Can I get my money back?

Yes. If at any time during your enrollment you change your mind, you can contact us and the entire amount contributed by you in the three years immediately preceding your opt-out date will be credited to your electric account.