Operation Round Up

What is Operation Round Up?operation_round_up

It’s a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives designed to provide financial assistance to local school programs, philanthropic groups, non-profit organizations, rescue squads, volunteer fire departments and other deserving causes that benefit members within McDonough Power’s service area.

McDonough Power will “round up” your monthly electric bill to the next whole dollar. For example, a bill amount of $65.48 would be rounded up to $66.00. The additional 52 cents would be your Operation Round Up contribution for that month.

The concept behind the program extends the principle on which electric co-ops were built over 75 years ago – neighbor helping neighbor to benefit the communities in which we live and work. Donations are only a few cents a month and average about $6 to $12 a year. It’s small change, but it delivers big benefits to local community and charitable organizations.

How Donations Are Collected

Because donations are automatically collected through your monthly electric bill – and will show as a separate line item, it’s easy to contribute on a regular basis. You can track your tax-deductible Operation Round Up donations by simply keeping the top portion of your bill.

Who Administers the Funds?

The small change you contribute to Operation Round Up is deposited into McDonough Power Cooperative Cares account. An independent, volunteer Trust Board consisting of McDonough Power members will carefully review grant applications and determine who receives funding. Trust Board members volunteer their time, and except for optional mileage reimbursement, receive no pay or compensation for serving on the board.Trustees 3.2016

2016 Trustees pictured L-R front row: Wanda Carson, Linetta Null, Linda Prox, and Ellie Zoerink. Back L-R: Janet Schreck, Dan Byers, June Friend, Richard Filipink, and Matt Housewright.

Who will benefit from Operation Round Up?

The program can help replenish food supplies for local food pantries, help support senior citizen hospice programs, purchase supplies and equipment for rural fire departments and emergency response services, provide funds for community programs and help children of all ages by supporting community youth activities and school programs. The funds will not be used to pay members bills, nor will they be used for political purposes.

Electric cooperatives across the United States have been offering this program since 1989 to help co-op consumers reach out to worthy causes in the community and work together to help others.

Applications are available here. Be watching our various media outlets – Illinois Country Living, www.mcdonoughpower.com, Facebook, local newspapers – for details on where your donations are going.

How to Participate

If you wish to participate in the program do nothing and you will automatically be enrolled. Beginning November 2015, your contribution will be automatically included on your bills.

If you DO NOT wish to participate (and have not let us know), please contact the office to opt out. You will be able to opt in or out at any time.

No matter how you pay your bill – by check, automatic draft or online through eBill – should you want to contribute more than the “rounded up” amount during the year, you can make an additional contribution by writing a separate check made out to McDonough Power Cooperative Cares and mailing it to McDonough Power.

When your small change can make a BIG difference

For less that $1 a month, you can make a difference in someone’s life. It may seem like small change, and it is, but when you multiply that by thousands of McDonough Power members participating in Operation Round Up, it makes a big difference.

You might have questions about Operation Round Up. We have some answers. If you need any further information than what is provided, please contact us at 309-833-2101.

Click here for the Operation Round Up grant application packet. Print, complete and submit all materials by the date(s) listed.


Cycle 1.    1 st Monday in January—Deadline for applications

Cycle 2.    1 st Monday in April—Deadline for applications

Cycle 3.    1 st Monday in July—Deadline for applications

Cycle 4.    1 st Monday in October—Deadline for applications