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Semi-Postal Postage Stamps

Breast Cancer, Fund the Fight. Find a Cure.- first-class stamp with a colorful drawing of a woman

Charity Stamps Issued by the United States Postal Service

The United States Postal Service has issued semi-postal postage stamps which bear a higher-than-normal postage rate. The excess revenue is given to charity or some other cause.


Save the Vanishing Species- first class stamp with the illustration of a tiger

Save Vanishing Species Issue 

The Postal Service issued the 55-cent semi-postal stamp Save Vanishing Species on September 20, 2011, in Washington, DC. Derry Noyes of Washington, DC designed the stamp. Each semi-postal stamp was valid for postage at the first-class rate and included a surcharge. The net proceeds from the surcharge were transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds, in accordance with the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act of 2010.


Stop Family Violence- first class stamp with a child's drawing of a crying stick figure

Stop Family Violence Issue 

The Postal Service issued the 45-cent semi-postal stamp Stop Family Violence on October 11, 2003, in Denver, Colorado. Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California designed the stamp. Each semi-postal stamp was valid for postage at the first-class rate and included a surcharge. The net proceeds from the surcharge were transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with the provisions of the Stamp Out Domestic Violence Act of 2001, which the 107th Congress passed and was signed into law on November 12, 2001.


Heroes USA 2001- first class stamp with three fire fighters raising the US flag

Heroes of 2001 Issue 

The Postal Service issued a nondenominated (forty-five cent value) Heroes of 2001 semi-postal stamp on June 7, 2002, in New York, New York. Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, designed the stamp, and Thomas E. Franklin, Bergen County, New Jersey, photographed it. In honor of the American heroes who responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Heroes of 2001 semi-postal stamps offered the public a way to assist families of injured or killed emergency relief personnel.


Breast Cancer- first class stamp with a colorful drawing of a woman

Breast Cancer Research Issue 

The Postal Service issued a 40-cent Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp on July 29, 1998, in Washington, DC. This was the nation's first semi-postal stamp issued to raise public awareness and give energy to the pressing fight to find a cure for breast cancer. Ethel Kessler, the stamp's designer, brought a personal understanding of the complex and sensitive nature surrounding breast cancer's prevention and cure. Kessler's collaboration with illustrator Whitney Sherman of Baltimore, MD, yielded the dramatic original illustration and the stamp's bold direct call for action.