Managing the BFE Database
Maintaining the database for the BFE is a major undertaking. There are over 22,000 names in our database and we send out over 11,000 Nexus newsletters. Twice a year as we prepare the new issue of the Nexus we process the database through the NCOA(National Change of Address) system. This helps us to mitigate the number of newsletters that are mailed to old or incorrect addresses. Since the BFE utilizes “Address correction Requested” we are charged .60 for each Nexus that is forwarded and $2.00 for each copy that is returned to us as “Undeliverable”.
Then again, approximately 2 weeks after each mailing we start receiving the returned newsletters. If a newsletter gets returned, I mark your record as undeliverable and you will not receive the next issue (or any additional if you do not contact us and provide and updated address). I also update your dues status if you have renewed your membership.
How can you help us? If possible, send your address change information to our mailbox at BFEaddresschange@Gmail.com . It helps us to update your information if we have it electronically. If you prefer, you may still send your address change by U.S. mail to our PO Box. In either case include name, I.D.#, grad. year, maiden name, spouse’s name (if alumni), phone and email. Our preference is to have as many change of address requests sent in via email so that we can quickly and efficiently process your information. I will update your address as soon as I receive the email and you will not miss an issue.
You can now renew your membership via PayPal at our website. You do not need to have a PayPal account. Just a credit card. It is easy and the BFE gets your renewal immediately. http://baldwinfoundationforeducation.com/membership/. We have made it easier to choose a 1 year membership @ $25 or a lifetime membership @ $125. Of course, you can still mail a check to our PO Box . Your membership dues not only help to defer our printing and mailing costs, but also go towards supporting the current students of the Baldwin school district.
Tim McDermott ‘75