Operation Round-Up Program
Operation Round-Up is a charitable program to assist not-for-profit organizations, individuals and families who have encountered a hardship, and communities throughout the Heartland Power Cooperative service area. There are so many needs associated with all volunteer organizations; our fire departments, first responders, medical emergency units and the youth programs.
100% of all contributions received will be distributed upon recommendations by our Trust Board to the Heartland Power Board of Directors, who makes the final decision.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does it work?
A. Simply stated, it rounds up your normal monthly bill to the next even dollar. Example: $62.45 would go to $63.00. The $.55 markup would go into the Operation Round-Up Trust Account. This rounding up would result in an average donation of approximately six dollars ($6) per year.
Q. What if I have more than one service?
A. This program is on a per member basis, not on the number of bills you receive. Only one bill per member is rounded up.
Q. Do I have to participate?
A. No. If you choose not to participate, simply contact HPC then the Operation Round-Up portion will not be included on your bill. Otherwise you are automatically a part of this program.
Q. What are the funds used for?
A. This is a program used by many cooperatives to help support worth while community causes such as non-profit charitable organizations, and individual family disasters. Contributions will not be made for the following: political, religious and labor organizations, lobbying, field trips and advertising.
Q. How does an individual or organization apply for funds?
A. Applications will be available at each of our offices. After completion of the application, just return it to the office nearest you for processing.
Q. Who administers the trust account?
A. A Trust Board. This board is made up of two board members and two employees.
Q. When did this program begin?
A. The effective date was August 1, 2003.
Q. Is this a tax deductible contribution?
A. Keeping records of the many small contributions and providing receipts to all of our participants makes it very difficult to administer. Therefore, it is not treated as a tax-deductible contribution.
Q. If I had previously opted out of the Operation Round-Up program, and now wish to participate, may I re-enroll?
A. Yes, to re-enroll, please call Heartland Power Cooperative's Thompson office at 641-584-2251 or 888-584-9732, or our St. Ansgar office at 641-713-4965 or 800-349-2832.