Kyle Andrei

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The Best-Laid Plans of Nonprofit Marketers

The other day I checked my inbox and found an email from a social marketing tool I had tried out recently. I typically tune out these sorts of messages, expecting them to be yet another ask to upgrade to a paid account. However, this time I opened the email to find a short message about a new ...
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For Privacy’s Sake: What to Know About VPNs

It’s kind of amazing how you can use a device every day for years and still find something new. When I moved to my last apartment it took more than six months before I realized that I could actually control the temperature—not a fun lesson to not learn in northern New England.
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DIY Website on a Shoestring

Building a website requires a range of knowledge and skills. You need an eye for design to make your website look professional and respectable, as well as the technical chops to turn that artistic vision into a usable theme. You need the experience or the sense of adventure to install the software ...
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What’s the Deal with Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is in the news again. If you’re not sure what it is, here’s a brief explanation and some links where you can learn more.
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Nothing for Nothing: Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and More

A few years back, as an intern, I wrote a little blog post for Idealware comparing and contrasting two crowdfunding platforms—Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. It was insanely popular, so here’s my update on the world of crowdfunding in 2017.
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Your Email Is Not a Knowledge Management Solution!

After six years with Idealware, I finally used up the last of the storage space in my Gmail account. Digging through years of archived messages, I kept asking myself, “Why the heck did I keep that!” What was I planning on doing with 3,000 digests from Progressive Exchange?
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Lessons Learned from the 2016 Elections

As a politics and technology nerd, I couldn’t help but attend the panel discussion New Tools from the 2016 Elections That Nonprofit Techies Need to Know About at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. While I went into the session expecting to hear about a few new tools to keep in mind for ...
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4 Things You Need to Know Before You Implement a Salesforce App

For many organizations that use Salesforce, especially those that signed up for free through the Salesforce Foundation, there is often a “Now What?” moment. You have this powerful, flexible CRM solution, but you aren’t sure yet how to make it do everything you want it to do. You need apps.
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Practical (Not Perfect) Security

For most of human history, locks were like speed bumps to would-be thieves. A good lock might take a few extra minutes to pick, but anyone who wanted in could get in. That all changed in the 1770s, when a man named Joseph Bramah invented a new lock that was more complex and more secure than any the ...
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The Remote Office: Putting Free Video Conferencing Tools to the Test

Editor’s note: With almost half of our staff members working from home (not to mention in different time zones), it’s time to start thinking of Idealware as a remote organization. Over the next six months, we’ll take a closer look at our own back office tools and processes and report back what ...
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