August 17, 2011; Source: | Proposed legislation to restructure the U.S. Postal Service would gradually reduce nonprofits’ bulk-mail discount from 40 percent to 10 percent over a six-year period. This would eventually save the Postal Service $1.7 billion per year, according to a spokesperson for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the lead sponsor of the measure. The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last year and projects it will lose $9 billion this year.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals opposes the part of Issa’s plan that pertains to nonprofit bulk mail, but says it supports the rest of its provisions, which include eliminating 120,000 postal jobs and moving remaining employees out of federal benefits systems. If you want to join AFP’s campaign you can check in here although I might want to rein in some of the wording about the USPS myself.

The reduced postal rate for nonprofits dates back 60 years.—Ruth McCambridge