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Small Change Makes a Big Difference

It's only small change - 1 cent to 99 cents per month - but when you multiply that by the thousands who participate in Operation Round Up, it makes a big difference.  Since Operation Round Up began, our members have contributed more than $267,000 to improve the quality of life in our communities.

How it works

Operation Round Up® is just what its name implies.  Each month,  your monthly billing statement is rounded up to the next whole dollar amount.  For example, a member's monthly bill of $62.73 would be automatically rounded up to $63.00, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund.  Through participation in Operation Round Up®, the average yearly contribution per member is six dollars ($6).  The maximum yearly contribution is $11.88.  Contributions are tax deductible, and the amount donated is shown on monthly bills.

The money collected is placed in a separate account held by the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust.

Operation Round Up Trust Board:

The Operation Round Up® Trust Board is separate from the Beltrami Electric  Board of Directors. The Trust Board is made up of five members from our community who serve on the Board on a voluntary basis without any compensation.. Michelle Sand, Bemidji; Sharon Lembke, Laporte; Randy Friske, Bemidji; Sherry Billups, Blackduck; Lea Perkins, Red Lake.  The board meets four times each year to screen and approve donation requests.

The trust board allocates funds according to general guidelines.   Categories include Community Service, Economic Development, Education & Youth and Environment.  Grants will be awarded to non-profit or community-based organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community. Contributions will be distributed primarily in the local area served by Beltrami Electric Cooperative.  Funding Guidelines

Grants will not be made for lobbying, political and religious organizations, veteran, fraternal and labor organizations, fund-raising dinners, raffles, capital fund campaigns, national fund drives, advertising or ongoing operational expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions


How organizations can apply for funds

Local charitable organizations that want to apply for a grant from Operation Round Up can call Angela Lyseng at 218-444-3689 to request an application form.


Download a fillable application form.

Hint: save application to your personal files on your computer, fill out required information, print, sign, then mail to Operation Round Up, Beltrami Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 488, Bemidji, MN 56619-0488 with supporting documents.


The Operation Round Up Trust Board will meet to review applications and award grants.

2020 Meeting Dates      

Application Due Date 

Funds Awarded    

January 8, 2020

December 27, 2019

January 14, 2020

April 15, 2020

March 27, 2020

April 21, 2020


See the full list of Grant Recipients here:

Operation Round Up® Grant Recipients to date


 It’s your choice… Members who choose not to take part may withdraw simply by notifying BEC of their decision at any point.  Members can contact BEC at (218) 444-2540 or toll free at (800) 955-6083 or submit the form below. 

Opt-out of Operation Round Up® here

If you have previously opted out of the program and now after seeing the program results would like to contribute, contact our office.  We would be happy to assist you in opting back in to the program.  Or, if you would like to increase your donation beyond the round up amount, you may contact our office to set this up.

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