Hey, Catholic fundraisers! I know you have a lot on your plate right now. In fact, you’re probably spinning several plates in the air. Congress and the new administration are looking at lowering charitable contribution limits. And they’re also considering lower marginal income tax rates, which would reduce the value of charitable deductions. Many nonprofits are still digging their way out of the fundraising hole the Great Recession of 2007-09 dropped them into. And our national turmoil is most likely diverting dollars away from religious causes and toward political controversy.
In spite of all that, there is one more issue that we all need to put front and center! Changes regarding the way the U.S. Postal Service sets our postage rates. Reacting to many of the same factors that have affected nonprofits, the USPS is seeking much higher rates by eliminating the legal price cap it operates under. If you use mail for anything — fundraising, engaging supporters, spreading information, or distributing publications — you are in the USPS crosshairs.