Operation Round Up


Consumers Power members have the opportunity to participate in an innovative program that truly demonstrates “Community Concern in the Cooperative Spirit”. The program, called Operation Round Up™, provides funding for all kinds of local projects in CPI’s service area which includes Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, and Polk counties. Operation Round Up™ is administered by a board of volunteer community leaders from CPI’s service area who serve on what is known as the Consumers Power Charitable Trust.

How does Operation Round Up™ work? The electric bills of participating CPI members are ‘rounded up’ to the nearest whole dollar amount each month. The extra cents collected from each customer go into the Charitable Trust fund. The average customer will contribute about $6.00 a year. Two other options available for you to contribute to the Round Up program allow you to add your own specified amount to your monthly bill or just make a one-time donation on your next bill.

Contributions to Operation Round Up™ are tax deductible, and we’ll note your contribution on your January electric bill each year. We’ll keep you informed through the Ruralite magazine on the activities of the Consumers Power Charitable Trust, and give updates on grants awarded. All Operation Round Up™ funds stay right here in our community. Guidelines for awarding this money address special needs for individuals or families as well as special community projects. Political campaigns and issues will not be considered for funding.

In 2018, the CPI Charitable Trust awarded $22,050 in grants, thanks to CPI members and employees who give to the trust through our Operation Round Up™ program. Since its launch in 1993, the trust has awarded $373,050 to nonprofit organizations throughout CPI’s service area.

If you are an organization looking to apply for a Charitable Trust grant please click here.

The 2018 recipients were:

  • Albany Public Safety Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club Corvallis
  • Central Coast Humane Society
  • Coastal Range Food Bank
  • Community Outreach, Inc.
  • Cornerstone Associates, Inc.
  • East Linn Christian Academy
  • Eddyville Charter School
  • Hand in Hand Farms
  • Linn County Animal Rescue
  • Old Mill Center
  • Oregon Cascades West Senior Services Foundation
  • Quilts for Caring Hands
  • S.C.I.O. Cares
  • South Benton County Gleaners
  • South Benton Nutrition Site
  • Vincent DePaul Lebanon
  • Wren Community Club

To participate by rounding up your bill simply call (541) 929-8520 or (800) 872-9036 x8520 and ask about Operation Round Up™ or fill out the online application below. You can also fill out this form and mail it to us.  If you wish to apply for grant funding please click on the link above.