Who are we?
We are a team of independent artists banding together to support the hardworking service that connects us to the outside world as well as each other. Check us out under "Meet the Artists"!
What is this project?
We're raising funds through selling these postcards while spreading awareness about the plight currently facing the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The USPS is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including but not limited to: handling mail and packages, delivering prescription meds and other necessities, handling mail-in ballots, and even processing federal documents such as passports. The Postal Service processes and delivers 472.1 million mail pieces each day! Not only is it usually the cheapest way to send mail, but it's also the only one that reliably serves rural communities as well (which are usually deemed unprofitable by private companies such as FedEx and UPS).
In addition to all of the above, the US Postal Service also handles a whopping 48% of the world's mail. Thus the international spirit of the project-- if the USPS is dismantled, then artists and people in other countries would be adversely affected as well.
However, the current administration has pushed a lot of changes that intentionally handicap the USPS, in a bid to privatize the mail. In addition, the Post Office is completely self-funded and generates its own revenue, as opposed to using tax money. This means they rely on sales from stamps, services, and merchandise to offset operating costs.
How will the money benefit the U.S. Post Office?
A small portion of the money raised will be spent recuperating material costs for these postcards.
The rest of the proceeds will be be spent on shipping costs and purchasing stamps from the USPS retail store, which are the two main ways it generates revenue.