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Do a good deed – help out with stamps

German stamps can be used to do a good deed since 1949. Every year, the German Finance Ministry issues special “plus stamps” which cost a little extra in addition to the postage fee. The extra charge goes to charity. These “plus stamps” now generate around €10 million for a good cause every year.

Abstract depiction of a plus sign

You can immediately tell these stamps are for a good cause by the “plus” symbol featured on each stamp. This sign, which was designed in 2008, guarantees that every cent is well spent and goes straight to the people who depend on our solidarity. The cost of postage and the extra “plus” charge is currently 70 + 30 cents, 85 + 40 cents and 145 + 55 cents respectively

“Plus stamps” can be purchased at branches of Deutsche Post AG. Each stamp indicates what type of charity the proceeds go to – social welfare, youth welfare, sports, environmental protection, or promoting philately.

Social welfare stamps

Social welfare stamps were introduced in Germany as early as 1949. In addition, Christmas stamps with a face value of 70 + 30 cents have been issued every year since 1969. The proceeds from the extra “plus” charge on the social welfare stamps and Christmas stamps support the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege e.V. (Federal Association of Non-statutory Welfare), an umbrella organisation for several national welfare associations: the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Workers’ Welfare Association), Caritas, the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband (an association of social movements that promote equal opportunity), the German Red Cross, Diakonie (the social welfare organisation of Germany’s Protestant churches), and the Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Juden in Deutschland (Central Board of Jewish Welfare in Germany).

Social welfare stamps "Für die Wohlfahrtspflege"
Date of issue: 7 February 2019

Since 1949, over 4 billion social welfare stamps and Christmas stamps have been sold, generating proceeds of around €680 million. For more information on the activities supported by the Federal Association of Non-statutory Welfare with the help of these proceeds, please consult the website: www.wohlfahrtsmarken.de

Youth welfare stamps

Youth welfare stamps collection "Für die Jugend"
August 2018 (Date of issue: 9 August 2018)

Since 1962, the proceeds from the extra “plus” charge on the youth welfare stamps have been put towards measures promoting the welfare of children and youths. This includes projects such as children’s and youth theatres, renovating residential care facilities for young people and schemes to educate young people on history and politics. The decision as to which specific project or scheme receives support is made by the Stiftung Deutsche Jugendmarke e.V. (a foundation that uses stamp proceeds to promote youth welfare projects).

Stiftung Deutsche Jugendmarke e. V.

Sports stamps

Collection "Für den Sport" zur Unterstützung der Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe - Sportlegenden – Legendäre Fußballspiele
Mai 2018 (Date of issue: 3 May 2018)

Three “plus stamps” are issued for the “Showcasing sports” series every year. The proceeds from the extra “plus” charge on these stamps are managed by the Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe (German Sport Support Foundation) and put towards promoting young sportspeople and elite athletes in Germany. The foundation provides financial and/or non-material support to around 4,000 athletes to help them balance education/work and their activities as athletes. For example, the foundation may award scholarships, pay for private lessons or provide assistance to athletes who lose earnings due to training. Sports stamps have been issued since 1968.

Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe (German Sport Support Foundation)

Environmental protection stamps

Collection "Für den Umweltschutz" - Biologische Vielfalt

One special stamp that has been issued every two years since 1992 holds particular significance: The proceeds generated by the extra “plus” charge on environmental protection stamps are put towards supporting the protection of the environment. This revenue goes to the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, which uses the proceeds to support national and international environmental protection projects.

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Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit

Philately stamps

In years where no environmental stamp is issued, a “plus stamp” is issued in support of the Stiftung Philatelie und Postgeschichte (Foundation for Philately and Postal History). The proceeds from the extra “plus” charge on philately stamps are used to help promote stamps as part of Germany’s cultural heritage. Philately stamps have been issued since 1993.

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Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V. (German Association of Philatelists)

Proceeds

Since 1949, the “plus stamps” have raised a total of over €1 billion for a range of good causes.

Proceeds
Beneficiaries of the extra “plus” charge Total proceeds
German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety
approx. €6 million
Stiftung Philatelie und Postgeschichte
(Foundation for Philately and Postal History)
approx. €10 million

Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe (German Sport Support Foundation)

approx. €135 million

Stiftung Deutsche Jugendmarke e.V.
(foundation that uses stamp proceeds to promote youth welfare projects)

approx. €200 million
Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege e.V.
(Federal Association of Non-statutory Welfare)
approx. €680 million