Ready to undertake a fund-raising campaign for your Maricopa County non-profit organization … but uncertain where to begin? Perhaps the professional who oversaw the previous outreach retired or left? Or, you’re just low on staff and long on tasks to be done?
You need a turnkey mailing service that understands how direct mail for non-profits functions. Put differently, you need Bresser’s Information Services, a mail service provider (MSP) that does the charity fund-raising can be mysterious, and ripe for slip-ups. How do non-profit postage rates work? Which types of organizations are eligible? Can any materials be mailed, or only certain types?
First, a definition. Non-profit mail is printed material eligible to be mailed as USPS Marketing Mail®, by organizations authorized by the Postal Service™, at substantially reduced non-profit postage rates.
You can reap momentous savings on postage … as long as you adhere to the rules. Bresser’s Information Services knows them completely, and is prepared to assist.
Remember, nothing that has to be sent via First Class Mail® qualifies for non-profit rates. The rules are strict. Unbendable. Don’t even try.
So, what can you mail at non-profit rates? Self-mailers, letters, newsletters and booklets weighing less than 16 ounces can qualify for USPS Marketing Mail®.
Only materials of authorized organizations, registered as non-profits with USPS, can be mailed at non-profit rates. Put differently, don’t try to jump onto the non-profit status of another Maricopa County organization. It won’t fly. Authorized organizations are barred from sharing their mailing privilege. Get your own.
How? Complete PS Form 3624, Application to Mail at Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail® Prices. Be prepared to show documentation that your organization is a legal non-profit. Fill out the form entirely. Doing so can be the difference in a decision returning in days, versus weeks.
Is your Maricopa County organization eligible? Very likely, as long as your due diligence is complete. The classifications of organizations approved for Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail® prices are lengthy: philanthropic, religious, educational, veterans, scientific, labor, fraternal, political … the list goes on.
Got your non-profit authorization? Great. Let’s get your mailing moving. Bresser’s Information Services will mail on your organization’s behalf, using our mailing permit.
There’s a reason our name includes “services,” though. We don’t stop at readying your mail for the greatest postage savings, and dropping it at the post office.
We provide advice on designing your mail piece. Print your materials in full color. Populate and expand your mailing list, using recipients known to give to certain causes. Polish up your list, deleting vacant and duplicate addresses. Find new addresses for recipients who have relocated.
Since its founding in 1946, Bresser’s Information Services has printed, addressed and mailed millions of donation campaign materials. We know the regulations, the rates, and how to land your fund-raising outreach in the right hands.
Contact us to begin your next Maricopa County fund-raising campaign. We’re a mail house, for sure – one focused on keeping your non-profit house strong, vibrant, and doing good work in the community.