BENEFICENT TECHNOLOGY INC

Rating: 4.77 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Education, Human Services, International

Location: 480 S California Ave Suite 201 Palo Alto CA 94306 USA

Mission: Benetech develops innovative and effective technology applications for unmet social needs.
Results: * Global Literacy: Bookshare.org is the world's largest accessible digital library of copyrighted materials for people with print disabilities. As of January 2015, Bookshare serves more than 330,000 members with a collection of over 320,000 accessible ebooks. See more at: http://benetech.org/our-programs/literacy/impact-case-studies/. * 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/.
Target demographics: people with disabilities; human rights actors, journalists, and civil society organizations; environmental professionals; and social enterprises.
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 330,000 members with print disabilities and learning differences (the majority of whom are U.S. students); human rights activists and groups around the world.
Geographic areas served: worldwide
Programs: • Benetech’s Global Literacy Program: extends technology tools and services that provide access to information for people who have disabilities that prevent them from using standard print, such as those with visual impairments, like blindness; learning differences, like dyslexia; or physical disabilities, like cerebral palsy. • Benetech’s Human Rights Program: provides secure, open information management and data collection technology for rights defenders, activists, journalists, and civil society practitioners. • Benetech’s Environment Program: explores technology solutions to help communities address sustainability challenges. • Benetech Labs: develops new product ideas for social enterprise technology applications .
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 lives of the individuals it serves. The deeper you dig into the workings of this non profit the more impressed you will be.

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Publicize this service more....it should be on everyones radar!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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