Operation Round Up FAQs
Palmetto Electric Cooperative (South Carolina) created Operation Round Up in 1989. The program has since been adopted by more than 200 EMCs nationwide. Its concept is an extension of the principle on which electric co-ops were built more than 74 years ago – neighbors helping neighbors to benefit the community in which they work and live.
Operation Round Up rounds up your Cobb EMC bill to the nearest dollar to aid charitable and educational projects in our communities. All Cobb EMC members are automatically enrolled in Operation Round Up and will remain in the program until they request to be removed from it.
The average estimated annual giving is $6 per member, but the most anyone can give each month is 99 cents – or a maximum of $11.88 each year. Monthly billing statements show how much is being donated, and January billing statements show total funds donated, as your contributions are tax deductible.
Yes, each account will be auto-enrolled. If you wish to remove all of your accounts from the Operation Round Up program, simply fill out our online opt out form.
All Cobb EMC members are automatically enrolled in Operation Round Up. If you do not wish to participate, please fill out our online opt out form.
Community service, religious or scientific organizations, education or youth programs and nonprofits that qualify as exempt under section 501(c) (3) may benefit from this fund. Funds can't be used for political campaigns. To view a full list of recipients, click here. To apply, fill out our application.
A third party foundation, separate from Cobb EMC employees or directors, oversees Operation Round Up funds. Volunteer members of the Cobb EMC Community Foundation board of directors administer funds. Decisions made by the board are based on funds available and the community impact of requests. To view a full list of recipients, click here.
All Cobb EMC members are automatically enrolled in Operation Round Up and will remain in the program until they request to be removed from it. If you have previously opted out of Operation Round Up and would like to participate again, click here.
If you do not wish to participate in Operation Round Up, simply fill out our online opt out form.
No. If you opted out of Operation Round Up at any time in the past, we keep a note in your files, and you will not be automatically enrolled.
Forms must be filled out by those receiving assistance, so unfortunately, you can't nominate a third party. Please forward the application to the nonprofit you feel is deserving. Completed forms may be sent to Cobb EMC via fax (770) 429-2130 or mail to P.O. Box 369, Marietta, GA 30061.
To request funding, eligible organizations* may download the application and submit the completed application (along with necessary documents**) to Cobb EMC via:
- Mail: The Cobb EMC Community Foundation Inc., Attn: Helen McPherson, P.O. Box 369, Marietta, GA 30061
- Fax: Attn: The Cobb EMC Community Foundation/Helen McPherson, (770) 429-2130
- In-person: Cobb EMC Headquarters, 1000 EMC Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. Please inform the front desk that forms are for the Cobb EMC Community Foundation, Attn: Helen McPherson.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Cobb EMC Community Foundation" in the subject line.
If your request is approved by the Community Foundation board, a check will be sent to the organization. You must complete the post grant reporting form and submit to Cobb EMC within the calendar year.
*Eligible organizations include: Community service, nonprofit, education or youth, religious, scientific purposes
**Necessary documents include: Completed and signed application, IRS 501(c)(3) letter, copy of financial statement(s) for the most recent year end
- Funds can't be used for political campaigns or organizations.
- Members can cancel participation anytime by filling out our online opt out form.
- The Cobb EMC Community Foundation board has full disbursement authority for all funds of the Foundation.
- One request, per year, per organization.