The United States Postal Service issued an Industry Alert to let its customers know that it will take no action to change its rules about including merchandise in Marketing Mail.
Yesterday, the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers was invited by the Office of the Inspector General of the US Postal Service to explain how the nonprofit community uses the USPS. The audience included about 50 USPS employees on site and close to 100 others across the country via a conference call.the
The Alliance invited five representatives from various nonprofit groups to address the group and tell their story. Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF, spoke representing the membership of the National Catholic Development Conference. She emphasized, “We do not underestimate what a personal note in one’s mailbox can mean because for us it is always about relationships and for the sake of the Mission.”
The mailing of premiums by religious charitable mailers is at grave risk. We ask that you submit comments to the Postal Service as soon as possible in opposition to the August 23 Federal Register Notice of USPS. The operative, and potentially devastating, proposal is simple: “no merchandise or goods will be allowed of any type regardless of ‘value.’” Mailing merchandise would be forced into much higher postage categories of First Class, Priority, or Parcel Select, essentially ending premium programs.
We are urging immediate action by all religious charitable fundraisers and their business partners in an attempt to get USPS to withdraw the proposal. Below are some resources to help with your comments:
The United States Postal Service is proposing a new rule regarding what kind of merchandise can be included inside a Marketing Mail piece, which is the new name for the standard/nonprofit mail category. Mail pieces that would not comply with this new rule would have to be mailed at a different and higher rate.
Vast majority of mailers, by volume and revenue, come together to discourage misguided postal rate hike proposal
This is a call for help-right now.
Along with our partners like the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, NCDC is often at the table in the thick of it when it comes to postal issues. Sr. Georgette has met with the PRC more than once and spoken on behalf of Catholic fundraisers.
Please send your comments opposing draft legislation to the House Oversight Committee that is threatening to add millions to nonprofits' costs by permanently raising postage 2.15 percent. The Committee released a discussion draft of a bipartisan postal reform bill and is inviting comments. Following the comment period, the Committee intends to introduce a bill by July 15.
In its revised rate case for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services filed March 12, the Postal Service seems to have resolved some, but not all, of the issues raised by the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers. "The Postal Service did not resolve what we believe is a very bad business decision to jeopardize publications with little or no advertising and light weight," states the Alliance. Read more: