“With 1920 postmark, mail is delivered to Michigan home 100 years late.”
— Washington Post
While most of us won’t ever experience such a severe mail delay, over the past year all of us have sent mail that arrived far later than we expected. That’s what happened to the Mackinac Center’s final letter of 2020, mailed to supporters on Dec. 11. A number of you told us that you did not receive it until mid-January; others received it in February.
The New York Times recently reported that in December, the U.S. Postal Service turned in its worst performance in years, with only 64% of first-class mail delivered on time around Christmas. The reasons aren’t surprising: postal workers affected by COVID-19, the holiday mail rush and increased demand for parcel deliveries.
But what’s so encouraging to us is that the late delivery didn’t stop supporters like you from giving.
The number of gifts made to the Mackinac Center in 2020 was about 35% higher than it was in 2019, this included support from hundreds of new donors.
Gifts poured in through the mail as well as through stock transfers, direct deposit, monthly credit card giving and online giving at www.mackinac.org/donate.
Whatever your preferred giving method, we’re truly grateful.
Because of you, we advanced the cause of freedom and limited government even during an unforeseen pandemic. Your gifts fueled policy reforms like deregulating telemedicine and making it easier for ex-offenders to obtain productive work. And you contributed to our landmark victory at the Michigan Supreme Court over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s abuse of power.
As you know, there is much more to do to restore our freedoms and restart our economy in 2021. Your continued support is vital. Mail will continue to be an important and effective way for the Mackinac Center to communicate with you, but there are many other ways for us to stay in touch, including online and through email. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Advancement Department at 989-631-0900 if you would ever like to talk about your mail, email or giving preferences. We look forward to talking with you.