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Nonprofit Postage Rates Increasing May 12

(May 8, 2008) Nonprofit mail rates will increase by an average of 0.7 percent starting on May 12.

The rate case, filed by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in February and approved by the U.S. Postage Commission, includes changes to all types of mail, including first-class mail, standard mail, periodicals, package services and special services.

Charities will see rate changes in the following:

  • Standard Mail Nonprofit Regular Letters: 0.8 percent increase
  • Standard Mail Nonprofit Regular Flats: 1.2 percent decrease
  • Standard Mail Nonprofit Regular Parcels and Non-Flat Machinable (NFM): 7.6 percent increase
  • Standard Mail Nonprofit ECR: 2.2 percent increase

In addition, the cost of a first-class postage stamp will increase by a penny to 42 cents. Mailers can continue to use the Forever Stamps they purchased for 41 cents, even after the price change. The Postal Service has announced it will have 5 billion Forever Stamps in stock to meet increased demand before the price change.

The Postal Service also is changing its pricing for shipping services, including Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select and International Mail.

Click here for a list of new rates and fees, effective May 12, on the USPS website. Click on "Standard Mail" to see the rate changes for First Class Mail and various types of Commercial and Nonprofit Mail.  

Overall, nonprofit mailers generally fared well in the new rates, according to the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers. The average increase for all standard mail is 2.875 percent, well above the average increase for standard nonprofit mail of 0.7 percent. In the last rate case, average nonprofit rates rose by nearly 7 percent.

In addition, under the USPS's new system of changing rates, enacted by Congress, the Postal Service can only increase rates in May, and the rates will increase or decrease in alignment with the Consumer Price Index. Previously, there was no set schedule for when postage rates would increase, and the level of increases was often unpredictable.

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