Basin Electric fundraiser gives $138,725 to local charities

October is Cooperative Month, and Basin Electric employees showed their cooperative spirit through the annual cooperative-wide employee fundraising campaign. Called Commitment to Community Campaign, all of the proceeds from the fundraiser benefit United Way and other local charities that were voted on by employees.

This year, employees raised $55,747 through pledges plus $3,200 in additional donations. With Basin Electric’s match, this brought the donation to $117,894.

As another part of the fundraiser, employees were able to send a candy bar to a coworker through an event called Candy for a Cause. This year, employees purchased 9,218 candy bars for $2 each, bringing in an additional $18,436.

Also, employees at Basin Electric’s headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota, bid on parking spots during an online auction and raised an additional $2,395 for the cause. In total, $138,725 was raised for the Commitment to Community Campaign.

“Giving back to the organizations that help keep our communities strong and growing is important to us. The Commitment to Community Campaign helps support organizations that provide critical services in our communities,” said Todd Telesz, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “Without charitable programs and non-profit services, the communities where our employees and members live and work would not thrive as they do. I’m proud to work for a cooperative that truly has our local communities’ best interest at heart.”

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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