Saturday, August 20, 2011

BIG’s Blog: NCDC Issues a Postal Reform Alert!

I keep talking and writing about how serious the Postal Service situation is, and, in the heat of the summer of 2011, it is finally coming to a head.

Last Monday featured my blog on the U.S. Government’s GAO putting the Postal Service on their “High-Risk” watch list due to their deteriorating financial cash position. The USPS will run out of money this year!

Several months ago, Congressman Issa, the Chairman of the Committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, put forth legislation, H. R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act of 2011 which contained the provision to eliminate the nonprofit postal discount. The Chronicle of Philanthropy on Friday also ran a story about nonprofits losing their 40% discount.

Thursday, Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, the president and CEO of the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), issued a News Alert pleading with her NCDC members to contact their Congressman as well as Congressman Issa to implore them to keep the nonprofit postal discount. A large number of NCDC member organizations generate a significant portion of their revenue from direct mail.

I keep writing that this crisis is serious as a “heart attack” for nonprofit direct mail fund raisers.

Call your Congressman, but also, you better start developing a plan for the post-USPS postal discount world of nonprofit direct mail fund raising.


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1 comment:

  1. There does not seem to be a news alert on the NCDC website any longer. Has there been a change in the status of this bill?