Startup Virtru Supporting Sensitive Work of Nonprofits

Secure, End-to-End Email Encryption Provides Nonprofits With the Ability to Share Sensitive Information, Fostering Collaboration, Convenience and Compliance

June 30, 2015

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WASHINGTON, DC – Jun 29, 2015 – Virtru, the company that makes it easy for anyone to keep digital information private, today announced Virtru for Nonprofits, a program providing nonprofit organizations with easy, end-to-end email encryption to protect sensitive information shared over email. Nonprofits receive up to 50 free seats in Virtru Pro, the paid version of Virtru, which offers advanced features and brings users a new level of control to email.

Now, nonprofits like the International Republican Institute (IRI) and charity:water, among more than 30 others in the healthcare, education, and financial services space, can safely send data over email without compromising privacy. The partnership aligns with Virtru's mission to provide security for anyone who uses email to communicate.

With Virtru for Nonprofits, charitable organizations are already seeing the benefits of easy-to-use email security. The IRI, a nonprofit organization that helps advance democracy worldwide, recently joined the Virtru for Nonprofits program to gain peace of mind when communicating with teams around the world. "Virtru's ease of use and seamless integration into platforms has enhanced IRI's ability to support those seeking a democratic future," said Shawn Beighle, Chief Information Officer, IRI. "At IRI, we've made this powerful tool available to our staff worldwide, meaning we can communicate with less risk and not worry about our information falling into the wrong hands. Because the basic version of Virtru is free to the public, we can communicate safely and easily with our partners, as well. Virtru gives us the sense of security we need when sending critical information, and allows us to turn our attention to the important work that we do, instead of worrying about the security of our email communications."

charity:water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, has also benefited from the Virtru for Nonprofits program. "As an organization focused on making clean water accessible globally, we are constantly sharing important financial and performance information with teams through email," said Ian Cook, IT Systems Manager, charity:water. "We needed a way to protect the information of not only our staff, but also our supporters, partners, the people and communities we serve. Email encryption is a necessity for our nonprofit organization and Virtru has allowed us to easily secure sensitive information shared between our employees and our stakeholders."

Recently named a finalist for the South By Southwest (SXSW) 2015 Interactive Innovation Awards in the Privacy & Security category, Virtru provides all users with end-to-end encryption integrated directly within the tools they use every day, like Gmail, Outlook, and Android or IOS mobile devices, making this type of privacy accessible to everyone.

"Privacy is a fundamental human right that should be accessible to all, which is why we're excited to launch this program that will help protect the people serving those in need around the world," said John Ackerly, CEO, Virtru. "Nonprofits have limited resources, so Virtru for Nonprofits can take care of their privacy concerns, while they focus on improving the world we live in."

To provide nonprofits with the security resources they need, the Virtru for Nonprofits program is available now for eligible organizations. Learn more by visiting Virtru's website at

About International Republican Institute (IRI)

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, IRI advances freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process -- including women and youth. Established in 1983, IRI programs have reached more than 100 countries in every region of the world. To learn more about the organization, visit and follow @IRIglobal.

About charity:water 

charity:water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. charity:water strives every day to reinvent charity while bringing clean drinking water to the 748 million people living without. To learn more about the organization, visit and follow @charitywater.

 About Virtru

Virtru is the first company to make email privacy accessible to everyone. With a single plug-in, Virtru empowers individuals and businesses to control who receives, reviews and retains their digital information -- wherever it travels, throughout its lifespan. The company has set a new standard for digital privacy based on the Trusted Data Format (TDF), created by Virtru co-founder Will Ackerly and used by the intelligence community to secure some of the nation's most sensitive data. Virtru requires no special skills or knowledge, supports all popular email and file types, and can be used on a PC, Mac or mobile device. To learn more about the company, visit www/ and follow @virtruprivacy.


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