The U.S. Postal Service currently has three 65-cent fundraising or “semipostal” stamps. The Breast Cancer Research and Save Vanishing Species stamps are congressionally mandated. The Alzheimer’s stamp was issued under the U.S. Postal Service’s discretionary program. The stamps are available for purchase at Post Offices, online at The Postal Store, and by toll-free phone order at 1-800 STAMP-24.
The price of a semipostal stamp pays for the First-Class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund causes that have been determined to be in the national public interest. By law, revenue from sales (minus postage and the reasonable reimbursement of costs to the Postal Service) is to be transferred to a selected executive agency or agencies.
Breast Cancer Research Stamp
The Breast Cancer Research semipostal was issued July 29, 1998, at a first-day ceremony held at the White House. It was the first semipostal in U.S. history. As of March 2018, the stamp has raised over $87.4 million for breast cancer research. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, the stamp features the phrases, “Fund the Fight” and “Find a Cure”, and an illustration of a mythical “goddess of the hunt” by Whitney Sherman of Baltimore.
Save Vanishing Species Stamp
The Save Vanishing Species semipostal was issued September 20, 2011, at a first-day ceremony held at the Louisville, KY, Zoo. It was the fourth semipostal in U.S. history. As of March 2018, the stamp has raised over $4.8 million to help protect threatened and vanishing species. By law, 100 percent of the net amount raised is transferred to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.
The Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp was issued November 30, 2017, at a first-day ceremony held at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.
The stamp artwork is an illustration that first appeared on the 2008 42-cent Alzheimer's Awareness stamp. It shows an older woman in profile with a hand on her shoulder, the suggestion of sunlight behind her, and clouds in front of and below her. On the 2008 stamp, the older woman is facing left; the artwork for this stamp shows her facing right to differentiate between the two stamps. Stamp artist Matt Mahurin of Topanga Canyon, CA, worked under the direction of art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD. As of March 2018, the stamp has raised more than $280,000 to fund Alzheimer’s research.
The 2018 Alzheimer’s Stamp is the first of five stamps that will be issued under the Semipostal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106–253. The act grants the Postal Service discretionary authority to issue and sell Semipostal fundraising stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be “in the national public interest and appropriate.”
Under the program, the Postal Service will issue five semipostal stamps over a 10-year period, with each stamp to be sold for no more than two years. The Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp is the first and will be followed by a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Semipostal stamp to be issued in 2019. The Postal Service has not yet determined the next three discretionary semipostal stamps. Visit this link for information about submitting suggestions for the semipostal stamps.
Breast Cancer Research stamp sales information through
Total Stamps Sold: 1.035 billion
Total Raised: $87.4 million
Save Vanishing Species stamp sales information through
Total Stamps Sold: 44.7 million
Total Raisedt: $4.8 million
Alzheimer’s stamp sales information through
Total Stamps Sold: 2.1 million
Total Raised: $281 thousand