Concerns Over USPS Proposal Continue
NCDC and our allies in the nonprofit mailing community are continuing to keep a close watch on the USPS proposal to ban merchandise premiums from nonprofit Marketing Mail.
Our concerns are two-fold:
- Does the USPS have the legal authority to make the proposal?
- If the proposal moves forward, does the USPS understand the major implications of the proposal to the nonprofit community?
On the legal authority issue, the legal counsel of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers has filed comments showing the USPS proposal to ban merchandise premiums from nonprofit Marketing Mail is unlawful and should be withdrawn. NCDC supports the comments presented by the Alliance.
On the issue of the implication to the nonprofit community, NCDC has identified over six dozen types of products sent by religious charities via USPS to supporters that would be impacted by this proposal.
We continue to collaborate with the Alliance and others in the nonprofit community regarding this Marketing Mail proposal.
More need-to-know news:
- USPS Proposal Could Impact Nonprofit Premiums [NP Times]
- Fundraising Premiums Targeted By USPS [NP Times]
- IRS Has Issued New Gift Substantiation Regulations [Sharpe Group]
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More emerging trends:
- [INFOGRAPHIC] The State of Nonprofit Bequest Marketing 2018 [Bloomerang]
- The complexities of donor intent [Philanthropy Daily]
- Are donors disappearing? [OPUS Fidelis]
- Nonprofits are hiring people three times faster than for-profit companies [Fast Company]
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TIPS & TACTICS
“Currently in beta, YouTube has released a new suite of giving tools for a small number of nonprofits in the U.S., however, in the coming coming weeks the company will roll out the tools to all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. If your organization would like to get access to the tools as they roll out, make sure you have signed up for the Google for Nonprofits Program. Odds are the tools will roll out eventually to organizations in other countries who participate in Google for Nonprofits.” [NP Tech for Good]
More tips and tactics:
- 4 Tips for Small Shops to Find Donor Prospects [Bloomerang]
- INFOGRAPHIC: How It Pays to Retain Giving Tuesday Donors [Classy]
- Your Biggest Year-End Giving Season Starts Now [NonProfit Pro]
- Power of Storytelling | 5 Tips For Bringing Your Nonprofit’s Stories to Life [Pamela Grow]
- 7 Digital Practices to Win Donors’ Hearts [Network for Good]
- Religion: why faith is becoming more and more popular [The Guardian]
- Catholic agencies continue to assist victims of Kerala floods [Catholic News Agency] - Featured members: St. Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Relief Services/Caritas,
- The Religious Typology: A new way to categorize Americans by religion [Pew Research Forum]
Inspirational insight of the week:
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
– St. Teresa of Calcutta