j2 Global: Nonprofits Tap the Cloud to Support Their Cause

j2 Global: Nonprofits Tap the Cloud to Support Their Cause 
Cloud Services Like eFax(R) and eVoice(R) Enable Nonprofits to
Operate More Efficiently 
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/13 --  j2 Global (NASDAQ:
JCOM) reports that savvy nonprofits are looking to the cloud for ways
to be more efficient while staying connected, especially with staff
working from multiple locations. A March 2013 State of the Nonprofit
Sector Survey by the Nonprofit Finance Fund suggests that nonprofits
are changing the way they do business following years of economic
hardship, as 30 percent of the respondents reported taking some
action to upgrade technology to increase services or improve service
efficiency in the past twelve months.(1)  
The United States Internal Revenue Service Data Book for 2011 reports
that there were more than 1.4 million nonprofit 501(c) organizations
in the U.S. in 2011.(2) Cloud services are increasingly being used to
help transform these diverse workforces -- of all shapes and sizes --
into cohesive and efficient mobile teams. Cloud-based solutions
enable productive telecommuting and connect staff in diverse
locations -- all while keeping administrative and IT costs down.  
Recent research suggests that many nonprofits are offering a flexible
telecommuting policy to employees, as a 2013 Nonprofit Employment
Trends Survey(TM) that included responses from 588 nonprofits
nationwide indicates that more than one third of the respondents
reported having a telecommuting/virtual work policy.(3) Figures such
as this reflect the importance of remote staff staying connected to
home base. With the right cloud tools, workers are empowered to
pursue fundraising and strategic planning from their offices, homes,
or on-the-go. Virtual phone services like eVoice free up nonprofit
workers from having to be in the office to take important calls, as
callers are always routed to the right phone at the right time
through one business phone number. With a virtual phone service,
nonprofit employees have a virtual assistant 24/7 that never takes a
vacation.  
"Running a global non-profit requires me and my staff to travel on a
monthly basis. A virtual phone system like eVoice breaks down
communications barriers when I'm abroad," says Molly Pinney, Founder
and CEO of Global Autism Project, based in New York. "With voicemail
transcriptions sent to my inbox, I never miss an important call from
a donor or potential partner. eVoice's 24/7 auto attendant also helps
my organization remain professional and fluid -- something that is
especially important for a small organization on a budget."  
Click here to listen to a podcast interview with Global Autism CEO
Molly Pinney. 
Similarly, it's critical for nonprofit employees to have access to
documents anytime, anywhere. Many times these documents contain
sensitive information that legally can only be transmitted via fax.
With eFax, an online fax service, nonprofit employees can quickly
sign, store or fax documents from their iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop
or computer -- no fax machine is required. That means even more
flexibility for nonprofit employees who need it. 
Here are five tips to help nonprofits stay connected to clients and
colleagues while working from any location: 
1. Reinforce a Professional Image When on the Go
 Stay connected with
key contacts while traveling or working virtually without sacrificing
professionalism. A virtual phone system such as eVoice greets each
caller with a recorded message and routes the call to the desired
employee no matter where that employee is located. A toll-free number
can be set up that routes calls to a home office, cell phone or hotel
room so employees never miss that "on the go" phone call. This is
particularly helpful when professionals staff fundraising or special
events during "off-hours," on weekends, or even on holidays. 
2. Get Big Company Features, on a DIY Budget
 Customizing the call
menu means nonprofits can use call forwarding to have their callers
routed to the right person or department. A virtual receptionist can
help screen calls so important calls are given immediate attention,
while routine calls can be sent to voicemail and addressed at a more
convenient time. Calls sent to voicemail are transcribed into text
and delivered via SMS or an email so no calls or messages are ever
missed.  
3. Save a Tree Every Day
 Even if you don't work at an
environmentally focused nonprofit, a virtual fax service such as eFax
empowers employees to be Captain Planet every day. Online fax allows
offices to significantly cut paper usage, eliminating the need for
bulky fax machines while saving trees daily without having to rely on
reams of paper to send vital documents.  
4. Sensitive Documents Stay Secure
 Nonprofits often handle documents
that may include sensitive client information or a patient's
confidential details such as names, addresses, social security
numbers, or health issues. Nonprofits also have to send contracts or
fund raising documents with financial information. Using an online
fax service like eFax means this information stays private and secure
as it can be sent directly to the intended recipient via fax from any
iOS or Android mobile device. 
5. Archive Without the Paper Headache
 Documents and faxes sent and
received electronically can be archived online and easily accessible
via date or keyword tag search. Nonprofit workers won't need to dig
through giant filing cabinets in the office looking for the right
paperwork; with the cloud, it's accessible from any location in just
a few keystrokes.  
eFax user Scott Satchell, Program Manager at GO Northwest Housing
Resource Center, a nonprofit housing agency in Baltimore, MD, summed
up the benefit of cloud services for non-profits: "As a nonprofit
housing resource center, we're constantly exchanging huge volumes of
paperwork with mortgage companies, lenders and government agencies
that only accept fax. To keep things moving, it's a great resource
for us that eFax confirms that our faxes have been delivered, and
also saves us from printing out 150-page documents every day."  
About eVoice
 eVoice is a brand and registered trademark of j2
Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM) and is online at www.evoice.com. The
eVoice small business phone system empowers businesses to stay
connected to customers anytime and anywhere, without the costs of an
administrative staff or traditional phone system. eVoice offers a
wide selection of local or toll-free numbers that can be answered on
any mobile, home, or desk phone. Features include call screening,
routing, and recording. It is the only phone service of its type to
offer personalized U.S.-based VIP setup and support for new accounts. 
About eFax
 eFax is a brand and registered trademark of j2 Global,
Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM) and is online at www.efax.com. The eFax(R)
service provides local and toll-free fax numbers around the world.
Faxes are sent and received by email, online, or via mobile app
without the need for a fax machine. Features include fax archiving,
digitized signatures, and large file sharing. With solutions for
individual users, small business, and large enterprises, eFax(R) is
the global leader in online fax.  
About j2 Global(TM)
 j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM) provides Internet
services through its two divisions: Business Cloud Services and
Digital Media. The Business Cloud Services Division offers Internet
fax, virtual phone, hosted email, email marketing, online backup,
unified communications and CRM solutions. It markets its services
principally under the brand names eFax(R), eVoice(R), FuseMail(R),
Campaigner(R), KeepItSafe(R) and Onebox(R) and operates a messaging
network spanning 49 countries on six continents. The Digital Media
Division, created with j2 Global's November 2012 acquisition of Ziff
Davis, Inc., offers trusted news and reviews of technology products
on its web properties, which include PCMag.com, ExtremeTech.com,
ComputerShopper.com, Toolbox.com and Geek.com. The Digital Media
Division also operates BuyerBase(R), an advanced ad-targeting
platform; LogicBuy.com, a leading provider of online deals; and Ziff
Davis B2B, a leading provider of research to enterprise buyers and
leads to IT vendors. As of December 31, 2012, j2 Global had achieved
16 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth. For more information
about j2 Global, please visit www.j2global.com.  
(1) See page 9 of this report:
http://nonprofitfinancefund.org/files/docs/2013/2013survey-results.pdf 
(2) See page 56 of this IRS report:
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/11databk.pdf 
 (3) See page 20 of this
report:
http://www.nonprofithr.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2013-Employment-Trends-Survey-Report.pdf 
Press contact: 
Bill Threlkeld
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Email: pr@j2global.com 
 
 
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