The USPS is attempting to increase the price of Nonprofit Marketing Mail, which will have a huge negative impact on nonprofit fundraising budgets. We must take action immediately to stop it.
According to the USPS, the rate increases would range from 3.3% for Regular Nonprofit Mail to 6.9% for Enhanced Carrier Route Mail. These unexpected price hikes are on top of the planned 2% CPI increase due in January 2018.
Please join us in writing letters to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to vehemently oppose this massive increase.
Send your letter to the PRC (via U.S. Mail only) by Wednesday, September 13 to meet their comments deadline of Monday, September 18.
Mail your letter to:
Postal Regulatory Commission
901 New York Avenue, NW, Ste 200
Washington, DC 20268
RE: Docket No. RM2017-12
A groundswell of letters from nonprofits, expressing your deep concerns about the grave consequences of this price increase, is our greatest hope for persuading the PRC to reject the USPS proposal. Please write and send your letter today.
To get you started, here’s a sample letter prepared by Robert Tigner, General Counsel of the Association of Direct Response Fundraising Counsel (ADRFCO). Please take a few moments to customize it for your organization. Describe in as much detail as possible how this price increase will severely impact your mailing budget and your ability to raise funds to support your important mission. Print it on your own letterhead and hand sign it.
The Alliance for Nonprofit Mailers website provides more background on the proposed price increase and its potentially devastating effects on nonprofit fundraising programs. Executive Director Steven Kearney will be filing a strong opposition argument against this surprise proposal from the USPS. But it’s your personal letters – and lots of them – that will really help persuade the PRC to reject this price increase.
Thank you for your efforts, and as always, PMG is here to help and answer any questions you may have.