Non-Profits Deal With Postage Hike

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

It costs two cents more to mail a letter today, and for non-profit organizations that may mean less money to spend on their causes.

"Anytime our overhead is impacted its a consideration for us and it matters to us," says United Way Executive Director, Nancy Dowdy.

Though it may not seem like much, the two cent postage increase is impacting the overhead of many non-profits, including the United Way.

"Every penny that we spend in overhead is money that does not go to our services or our agencies," adds Dowdy.

Causing the agencies they support to look for help and with more than 3,000 mailings that go out three times a year, the United Way may have to reshuffle their budget priorities.

"I'll also revisit all of our lists and determine that maybe we can cut down on some of our businesses that we send letters to that we don't get a response from," says Dowdy.

The Salvation Army in Staunton is feeling the pinch as well.

They say that every dollar they have to spend on mailings is a dollar taken from the individuals they are trying to serve.


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