Basin Electric employees raise $90,982 in Commitment to Community Campaign

In honor of Cooperative Month in October, Basin Electric employees held their annual cooperative-wide employee fundraising campaign called Commitment to Community Campaign. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser benefits United Way and other local charities.

This year, employees raised $40,950 through pledges. With Basin Electric’s match, this brought the donation to $81,900.

As another part of the fundraiser, employees were able to send a candy bar to a coworker, called Candy for a Cause, which helped raise an additional $7,932. Also, employees at Basin Electric’s headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota bid on parking spots during an online auction and raised an additional $1,150 for the cause. In total, $90,982 was raised for the Commitment to Community Campaign.

“One cooperative principle that makes me proud to work for a rural electric co-op is our Commitment to Community,” says Todd Telesz, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “Since joining the team at Basin Electric, I have been amazed at the many ways our employees embody this principle, seeking to make positive changes in the communities where we live and serve. The success of this campaign is one example of that.”

Employees at facilities located in a community without a United Way chapter designated a local charity or nonprofit organization to receive their pledges. Funds pledged by employees located in a community served by United Way will be directed to the local United Way and agencies supported by it.

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