Operation RoundUp®

Thanks to nearly the 40,000 MEA members participating in Operation RoundUp®, the MEA Charitable Foundation is able to give over $160,000 each year to organizations and individuals/families in need. Each participating MEA member gives $.11-$11.88 annually, with the average amount being $4.22.

Since 2011, the MEA Chartiable Foundation has given grants to fund projects impacting seniors, veterans, libraries, playgrounds, recycling, education, recreation and much more.

RoundUp® Disbursements 2011 to Current

Below, a few grant recipients share this stories.

To apply for a grant please download the appropriate application below and submit the completed application via the instructions on the last page. Individual grants are capped at $2,500. Organizational grants are capped at $10,000.

2018 GRANT DEADLINES

MUST BE RECEIVED IN MEA OFFICE BY 5pm on DUE DATE

Quarter Applications Received at MEA Headquarters By Grant Awarded After *
1st March 23, 2018 April 26, 2018
2nd June 29, 2018 July 26, 2018
3rd September 28, 2018 October 25, 2018
4th December 27, 2018 January 24, 2019

* The Charitable Foundation Board is unable to expedite grants.

Charitable Foundation Tax Information:

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 successful 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?

Charitable Foundation grant applications are reviewed by and voted on by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of MEA members representing the entire service area. Each of the seven (7) MEA Board members nominate a representative for the MEA Charitable Foundation Board of Directors. These volunteers receive no stipend and or mileage reimbursements. They are:

David Dahms
Barbara Gerard
Tom McGregor
Kelly Sidebottom
Dee Bowns
Linda Menard
Sue Smith

Applications are reviewed and voted on quarterly.

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?

In 2011, MEA Membership voted 2 to 1 to make Operation RoundUp® an “opt-out” program instead of an “opt-in” program. After approval from the MEA Board of Directors and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), MEA bills are now automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar. Members have the option to opt-out of the program and be refunded up to three years of their contributions by request.

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.