Stamps supporting causes in public interest


supporting causes

Our first "discretionary" semipostal stamp has raised $726,000 for research into a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

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Supporting causes in the public interest

Semipostal stamps are First-Class Mail stamps sold at a price above the cost of a regular stamp and raise funds for designated causes.

Our first “discretionary” semipostal stamp, released in 2017, has raised $726,000 for research into a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5 million stamps have been sold. It’s the first of five stamp subjects — at the discretion of USPS — to be issued over a 10-year period, with each stamp on sale for no more than two years.

In addition to these new discretionary semipostal stamps, previously issued semipostal stamps support funds designated by Congress. They are: Breast Cancer Research (1998), Heroes of 2001 (2002), Stop Family Violence (2003) and Save Vanishing Species (2011). Breast Cancer Research is still available for purchase.