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Phone: 650-644-3400
480 S California Ave
Ste 201

Palo Alto
California 94306
USA
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Target demographics: address unmet social needs in areas where technology could provide great benefit but isn’t pursued because it won’t generate big profits.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 250,000 people around the world

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help us grow and improve our Bookshare accessible library by scanning hard copies of books into a computer, proofreading scanned submissions for quality assurance, describing images in textbooks, or assisting with other collection development tasks.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: 1. Human Rights: providing software, services and training that keep human rights defenders safe and have become critically important in larger efforts to pursue reform, seek justice and begin the process of reconciliation. See Martus.org.

2. Global Literacy: serving 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. Initiatives include Bookshare.org; DiagramCenter.org; BornAccessible.org; Route66Literacy.org.

3. Environment: providing conservationists with the tools they need to plan and manage their efforts to protect natural resources around the globe. See Miradi.org.

4. Benetech Labs: A space to explore new project ideas and to identify which of these potential technology solutions could successfully meet a pressing social need. See http://benetech.org/our-programs/benetech-labs/.

Mission:
Benetech develops innovative and effective technology applications for unmet social needs.
Results:
* Human Rights: Our Martus software has been downloaded by thousands of users from 60+ countries. Collectively, the Martus user community has secured hundreds of thousands of narrative accounts of human rights violations (that we know of). Our Human Rights Field Team has trained hundreds of groups and individuals, in over 40 countries, on how to use Martus to help capture these stories and, more broadly, on information management, digital safety and documentation best practices. See more at: http://benetech.org/our-programs/human-rights/impact-case-studies/.

* Global Literacy: Bookshare.org is the world's largest accessible digital library for people with print disabilities with over 215,000 books. Bookshare currently serves more than 250,000 members and is rapidly increasing the number of schools and students who depend on the library for accessible books and periodicals. See more at: http://benetech.org/our-programs/literacy/impact-case-studies/.


* Miradi currently has thousands of users in over 170 countries. It’s technology that’s helping environmental practitioner teams achieve their conservation goals in real time. See more at: http://benetech.org/our-programs/environment/impact-case-studies/.

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10/31/13
Bookshare has been invaluable in providing access for me to Braille books. My life has been made richer and more satisfying because of their work, and I will always be grateful for the good that they have accomplished... more »
10/28/13
For many years I have been a volunteer for Bookshare.org, a subsidiary of Benetech.org. Boookshare.org. provides access to books, newspapers and magazines to people who are unable to read print material due to blindess, dyslexia or physical problems that makes holding something to read ... more »
10/26/13
This non profit exceeds our expectations. Benetech and staff work on issues from digital book access which allows our son to read into the night and at school, to human rights issues around the globe. The staff is dedicated to consistent improvement and does tremendous legislative work to better the... more »
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