(August recipient Farmaste Animal Sanctuary)

Would you like to round up your purchase today?

It’s a phrase you hear all the time in our stores, but you might not know exactly what it means. When you round up your purchase to the nearest dollar, our Community Giving Round Up program takes those extra cents and gives them directly to a local organization doing amazing work for people who need it. It’s a simple but powerful way to engage our owners and shoppers in fulfilling Lakewinds’ principle of caring for the community.

Since the program started in 2015, your nickels and dimes have added up to more than $601,250 donated. Thank you for your repeated acts of generosity. They truly make a difference in making our world a better place!


How do you pick your organizations?

The Community Giving Round Up program has gained considerable traction since its start in April of 2015. As understanding of this initiative spreads through the Twin Cities, our network of empowered and involved organizations continues to grow.

For the 2019 calendar year, Lakewinds received an unprecedented 68 applications for the Community Giving Round Up program.

Interested organizations can apply to be considered for the Community Giving Round Up program. Each year 11 organizations are selected. During the month of March, Lakewinds participates in Minnesota FoodShare’s yearly campaign. All funds raised during March are designated through the FoodShare campaign to our food shelf partners – ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka, PROP in Chanhassen, and VEAP in Richfield. With the exception of FoodShare, no recipient organizations are repeated two years in a row.

A committee at Lakewinds carefully evaluates the applications and selects a diverse group of organizations from across the Twin Cities metro area that focuses on community impact where it’s needed most, whether that’s establishing a neighborhood garden, improving access to nutritious meals for kids, or supporting families in crisis. The program considers applications from any non-sectarian, non-partisan organization. While it is not a requirement that an organization be food-based, all recipients must share values that reflect Lakewinds’ cooperative principles.

2019 Community Giving Round Up Recipients

January – TC Food Justice

     $13,827.42 raised


     $11,937.41 raised

March – Minnesota Food Share

     $18,774.64 raised

AprilDivision of Indian Work

     $14,578.31 raised

May – Tree Trust

     $15,928.99 raised

June – Tubman

     $15,715.02 raised

July – Green Garden Bakery

   $16,367.63 raised

AugustFarmaste Animal Sanctuary

September – Hearts & Hammers

October – Gilda’s Club of Twin Cities

November – Appetite for Change

DecemberFriends of Wood Lake


Round up applications for 2020 will open in early September, 2019.