The Postal Service is resisting suggestions to sell some stamps at higher-than-normal prices and donate the additional profit to charity.
Some fund-raisers think Americans would be willing to pay the extra money, and they're asking the Postal Service to issue the special stamps.Postal officials, however, say the special stamps would be likely to cause them endless headaches, elicit yawns from the general public and offend one of their most important groups of clients, stamp collectors.
In question is a product known as "semi-postals" - stamps which have been used for charitable fund raising in other nations. They've worked in some countries, flopped in others.
It's an idea put forth regularly, most recently in a report from the Institute for Public Policy and Administration of the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities.