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BENEFICENT TECHNOLOGY INC
" Benetech was founded to be a different kind of tech company – a nonprofit—with a pure focus on developing technology for social good. Benetech has four main program areas – Human Rights, Global Literacy, Environment and Benetech Labs – and focuses on projects that offer the greatest social return on the funds invested. Jim Fruchterman, social entrepreneur and MacArthur Fellow, founded Benetech in 1989 and leads the organization as its President & CEO. Benetech has over 70 employees, the majority of whom work out of its headquarters in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit benetech.org. "
Technology has the potential to improve the lives of people all around the world. And yet, too often this beneficial technology isn’t pursued because it won’t generate big profits.
As a nonprofit, Benetech bridges that gap by developing technology focused on helping people, not generating big profits. Here is how our four main program areas are developing and using technology to help people around the world:
• Human Rights: The software, services and training our Human Rights Program provides keeps human rights defenders safe and have become critically important in larger efforts to pursue reform, seek justice and begin the process of reconciliation.
• Global Literacy: Our Global Literacy Program serves populations with unmet needs, such as people with disabilities, through technology-based literacy solutions, while also catalyzing systemic change so those tools are no longer needed tomorrow.
• Environment: The software developed in our Environment Program gives ecologists and conservationists the tools they need to plan and manage their efforts to protect natural resources around the globe.
• Benetech Labs: We established Benetech Labs as a way to explore and test the feasibility of the many ideas we encounter in our work—and to identify which of these potential solutions could successfully meet a pressing social need. With an active pipeline of hundreds of tech ideas and a network of thousands of technologists and social innovators, Benetech Labs is developing the next big impact to empower vulnerable populations.
Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech. Bookshare is the world’s largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Through its technology initiatives and partnerships, Bookshare seeks to raise the floor on accessibility issues so that individuals with print disabilities have the same ease of access to print materials as people without disabilities. In 2007 and again in 2012, Bookshare received five-year awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to provide free access for all U.S. students with a qualified print disability. The Bookshare library now has over 550,000 books and serves more than 450,000 members. To learn more about Bookshare, please visit bookshare.org.
About Benetech Human Rights Program and Martus:
Benetech Human Rights Program was founded to meet the pressing need of human rights practitioners to securely gather and protect sensitive information about human rights violations. The Program is anchored by Martus, a free, open source software tool developed by Benetech, which allows users anywhere in the world to securely gather and organize information about human rights violations. Martus automatically encrypts the information and copies it to a network of secure public servers. Available in eleven languages, Martus has been downloaded in over 100 countries. The Martus Field Team has provided in-person human rights documentation, capacity building, and Martus trainings to hundreds of groups and individuals in over 40 of those countries. For more information about Martus, please visit martus.org.
About Code Alliance:
Code Alliance, a Benetech initiative, drives awareness of humanitarian free and open source software projects, connecting technical professionals to opportunities to volunteer time and talent for social good while enabling sustainable, cross-sector collaborations across the corporate, nonprofit and technology communities. For more information about Code Alliance, please visit codealliance.org.