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Easter Seals Turns To Jive To Support Century-Long Mission Of Helping Individuals With Disabilities And Special Needs

Jive's enterprise communication and collaboration solutions to strengthen strategic alignment across thousands of employees and affiliates
Monday September 29th, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: JIVE) today announced that Easter Seals, provider of life-changing solutions for more than one million people with special needs, has selected Jive's modern communication and collaboration solution to help further the organization's mission of advocating for children and adults living with disabilities. Easter Seals' distributed network of employees and affiliates will be able to improve services for their communities by using Jive to better connect, communicate and collaborate.

"At Easter Seals, we've been committed to creating a world of inclusion, dignity, empowerment and independence for nearly 100 years. Adopting Jive can help our team to extend this mission by sharing valuable knowledge about special needs and embracing the mindset that we're all part of one unified Easter Seals family," said Guilherme Batista, director of business information and knowledge sharing at Easter Seals. "After carefully evaluating other options, we selected Jive because it uniquely supports our enterprise collaboration strategy of unifying disparate content and communication systems. By linking our vast network of affiliates together with an easy-to-use solution, Jive will allow our multi-generational employees and diverse affiliates to embrace their own individual workstyles, and promote a collaborative culture that enhances the organization's services."

Easter Seals provides life-changing solutions through 73 affiliates in the United States and partners in Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and Mexico. The nonprofit's 24,000 professionals help individuals with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Supporting such a large and passionate network with the organization's legacy intranet had become challenging, and Easter Seals' headquarters struggled to disseminate knowledge effectively throughout the organization.

Jive will increase productivity and strategic alignment throughout the entire Easter Seals organization by helping its geographically distributed staff members to identify relevant subject matter experts from anywhere, share ideas and expertise, and form real connections. As employees and affiliates use Jive to form groups, start discussions and ask questions about topics such as success stories, best practices or news from the web, they can provide better services and expertise to the families they serve.

In addition, Jive will give the staff at Easter Seals' headquarters an easier way to connect with affiliates and gauge their interest in grant opportunities and new programs. Easter Seals has completed its initial Jive deployment to 200 select staff and plans to gradually roll out the solution to thousands of additional knowledge workers across the organization by 2015.

"Easter Seals is one of the nation's oldest and most well-established community-based nonprofits, leading the way on important and innovative therapy and research for people living with disabilities," said Chris Masino, senior vice president of worldwide sales, Jive Software. "The organization's adoption of the Jive platform, and the role it will play in supporting Easter Seals' contribution to society, can serve as a model for other nonprofits seeking to strengthen their ability to fulfill their missions through more effective internal communication and collaboration."

Easter Seals joins a long list of nonprofit organizations, charities and foundations around the world that rely on the Jive platform for internal communication and collaboration, and the JiveX platform for powering their strategic external online communities – including the Clinton Global Initiative, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, National Association of Agricultural Educators, PACT, Team4Tech and The Value Web. These organizations commonly turn to Jive to connect geographically dispersed chapters or workers, gather and disseminate cause-related information, mobilize mission-critical resources, and drive deeper engagement and dialogue with donors, volunteers and consumers.

Easter Seals is the leading nonprofit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For nearly 100 years, Easter Seals has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. To learn more about Easter Seals and services in communities nationwide, visit www.easterseals.com.

About Jive Software 
Jive (NASDAQ: JIVE) is the leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions for business. Recognized as a leader by the industry's top analyst firms in multiple categories, Jive enables employees, partners and customers to work better together. More information can be found at www.jivesoftware.com.

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