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.
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:
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?
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 change my mind after a few months? Can I get my money back?