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Operation Round Up

Operation Round UpOperation Round Up works by rounding up the electric bills of participating cooperative members to the nearest dollar. These extra few cents from each month are placed into the care of the Cass County Electric Cooperative Foundation. An independent board of directors accepts applications and awards grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations in need. Today, more than 250 electric cooperatives across the U.S. participate in the Operation Round Up program. Grants are issued only to nonprofits dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region. Individual grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis for emergencies and self-sufficiency needs.

The average contribution is $6 per year. More than 75 percent of CCEC's members are involved with the program, which raises more than $90,000 each year. Many CCEC employees participate in a program we call Operation Round Down, which rounds our paychecks down to the nearest dollar. These funds are also added to the Operation Round Up foundation.


Get Involved

Individuals and business leaders: Looking for a community service opportunity for yourself or your employees? CCEC Foundation ORU is seeking candidates for its board of directors. You can become part of the team deciding where ORU funds are allocated. Candidates sought in districts 1, 2, 3, At Large (see map below). If interested, download and complete the Board of Director application and submit to Linda Otterson at

ORU Board of Director application

District map


Frequently Asked Questions

"Will this duplicate other assistance programs already available?"
We do not intend for Operation Round Up to duplicate any other assistance program. It is intended for purposes for which there is no other source of assistance.

"Will the funds be used within our service area only?"
The majority of the funds will be used for projects in the areas and communities we serve. Certain projects, such as assistance to emergency service organizations, could conceivably benefit some people who are not members of CCEC.

"How do people or organizations request a donation?"
Individuals or organizations can request an application by calling Linda Otterson at 701-356-4401, or e-mailing at for an application packet. The completed applications will be reviewed by the volunteer Operation Round Up board and funding decisions will be made based on the applications.

"How do I enroll or withdraw from Operation Round Up?"
Contact Cass County Electric's member accounting department at 800-248-3292 or e-mail

Operation Round Up is a great benefit to our service area because it's based on the most vital cooperative principle: People doing together what can't be done individually.

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