Keep the Change

Your small change makes a big difference

The Keep The Change program provides financial support to organizations and projects in the Alliance Communications service areas. (Not available in all areas.*)

The funds are voluntarily donated by Alliance Communications customers and are given back to community, school and nonprofit organizations. The communities that Alliance Communications serves are Alcester, Alvord, Baltic, Brandon, Carthage, Crooks, Garretson, Hills, Howard, Hudson, Inwood, Larchwood, Lester, Lyons, Oldham, Ramona, Sherman, Steen, and Valley Springs

In December 2013, Alliance Communications began rounding up the bills of customers who choose to participate in this voluntary program.  Bills are rounded up to the next highest dollar. The average amount a customer contributes per year is $6. The most a customer will contribute is $11.88 per year. The additional change is placed in a special fund that is managed by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.

The Keep the Change Board of Directors allocates the funds. This seven-member board operates independently of the cooperative, evaluates all completed applications for funding, and makes decisions on how the funds will be dispersed.

Thank you for making this program possible.

*Keep The Change program isn't available in the communities of Beaver Creek, Hardwick, Jasper, Kanaranzi, Kenneth, Magnolia and rural Luverne.

Who has received Keep the Change funds?

Adam Thompson Foundation
Alcester Chamber of Commerce
Alcester Community Pool
Alcester Fire Department
Alcester Hudson School
Alcester Safe Routes to School
Baltic Athletic Association
Baltic Community Garden
Baltic Fire Department
Baltic High School STEM Project
Baltic School District
Bethany Lutheran Home
Blue Dragon Foundation
Brandon Fire Department
Brandon Historical Society
Brandon Indoor Pool Planning
Brandon MOPS
Brandon Valley Athletic Booster Club
Brandon Valley Baseball Association
Brandon Valley Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Brandon Valley Intermediate School PTA
Brandon Valley School District
Crooks Area Working Together
Crooks Flag Football
Crooks Palmira Park
Crooks Sunset Park
Destiny Youth Ranch
Fellowship Village
Flags for Friends
Garretson American Legion
Garretson Ball Association
Garretson Childcare Corporation
Garretson Commercial Club
Garretson Elementary Camp Invention
Garretson Fire Department
Garretson High School
Garretson Historical Society
Garretson School District
Garretson Siouxland Library
Garretson Swimming Pool
Girls on the Run of Hills and Larchwood
Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Howard
Healing Hope Ministries
Hills Beaver Creek Elementary School
Hills Fire Department
Hope Reins Equestrian Outreach
Hudson Fire Department
Inwood recreational trail
Inwood Summer Recreation
Jesse James Players
Kingdom Kids Daycare
Larchwood Community Group
Larchwood Food Pantry
Making Oldham Ramona Excellent
Nathanael Lutheran of Alcester FCA - Mission Trip
Oldham-Ramona-Rutland Schools
Rebel Baseball
Retreat at Pointer's Ridge
Rock Ranch
Sherman Town Board
Special Olympics
Valley Springs American Legion
Valley Springs Community Club
Valley Springs Fire Department
Warriors Never Give Up
West Lyon Band Boosters
West Lyon Booster Club

Why have this program?

Keep the Change collects voluntary contributions from participating cooperative members by rounding their monthly bills to the next dollar. Although this seems like “pocket change,” it has a big impact when thousands of Alliance Communications customers participate. Funding will be given to applicants in their own communities. All participants in the program can feel an enormous sense of goodwill by improving their community and helping their neighbors.

Is participation mandatory?

The Keep the Change program is voluntary. Every customer is automatically signed up to participate, but any customer who chooses not to participate simply needs to contact us.

How much will Keep the Change cost me?

The average amount per customer is $6 per year. The most a customer will contribute is $11.88 per year.

What is the maximum amount an organization can receive?

The maximum amount of application to be awarded is $10,000 on an annual basis.

Where can I get an application?

Applications are available here or can be picked up at an Alliance Communications business office.

When are applications due?

Application deadlines are Jan. 15, April 15, July 15, and Oct. 15.  Completed applications should be mailed or be delivered to an Alliance Communications business office.

Where are the funds kept?

The Keep The Change funds are kept in a separate trust fund that is managed by the Sioux Falls Community Foundation. Funds will distributed as directed by the Keep The Change board.

Who can apply for Keep the Change funds?

Individuals and non-profit organizations within the Alliance Communications service area may apply. Applications may benefit service projects, economic development, education and youth programs, environmental projects and disaster relief.

Who controls the funds in Keep the Change?

The Keep The Change board is a separate entity with board members who are leaders within their community. The Alliance Communications Board of Directors appoints one member from their board, a member from each of the five districts, and one Alliance Communications employee.

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