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FYI: The U.S. Postal Service will begin allowing nonprofits that are working with for-profit firms on direct mail campaigns to use preferred mailing rates starting on November 13. Currently, those rates are only available to fully not-for-profit campaigns, and the Postal Service wants to broaden the access for smaller groups, unable to run their own mail fundraising campaigns, that hire for-profit firms to do it for them. Some nonprofit industry advocates had criticized the rule change, arguing that it will draw unscrupulous for-profit companies that will run campaigns in which money goes primarily to their coffers rather than the nonprofit partner. In response to those concerns, the Postal Service will require participating for-profit companies to follow a series of strict disclosure rules designed to protect their nonprofit partners. [10/14/03]

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