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Benetech develops innovative and effective technology applications for unmet social needs.

Children, Technology, Education, Environment, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution

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Date Founded: 1989
Number of Staff: 70

Description of Services:
Benetech provides software tools to address pressing social needs within four program areas: Global Literacy, Human Rights, Environment, and Benetech Labs. Select products and services include:
* Bookshare: an accessible online library for people with print disabilities;
* Martus: an open source, free software application (desktop and Android mobile app) that allows users anywhere in the world to securely gather and organize information about human rights violations.
* Route 66 Literacy: A web-based program that enables anyone who is literate to help teenagers and adults learn to read and write.
* DIAGRAM Center: a research and development center working to make it easier, cheaper, and faster to create and use accessible digital images.
Benetech emerged from its founding work as a leading provider of reading machines for people who are blind. Witnessing the value in offering affordable tools that transform the lives of individuals with disabilities, Jim Fruchterman, the organization?s founder and CEO, was inspired to start a business that utilized technology to serve social causes.
Accomplishments & Progress:
Benetech?s tools have since gone to change the ways in which people with disabilities access printed information; allow frontline human rights defenders to safely document abuse; and empower environmental practitioners to succeed in their efforts to protect species and ecosystems. Read more: http://benetech.org/about-us/our-impact/.

6 Foundation Affiliations
Foundation Name Year Funded Verification Status
Hewlett Foundation 2006 Verified
MacArthur Foundation 2012 Waiting Verification
Packard Foundation 2006 Waiting Verification
Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network 2012 Waiting Verification
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2012 Waiting Verification
Omidyar Network 2005 Waiting Verification
Financial Information   Verified
Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue: $12,573,780 $10,117,818 $8,863,704
        Program Services Expenses: $10,335,468
(87% of total)
(88% of total)
(84% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $1,514,290
(13% of total)
(12% of total)
(10% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $30,109
(0% of total)
(0% of total)
(7% of total)
        Total Expenses: $11,879,867 $10,331,247 $9,992,563

Local Partners: Human rights NGOs in various countries Additional Affiliations: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Asia Foundation, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Fahamu, Freedom House, Human Rights Education Associates, Human Rights Watch, Kabissa, Mississippi Consortium for International Development, Ninthbridge, Pact.

Jim Fruchterman
Founder & CEO Phone: (650) 644-3400
Development Director:
Aaron Firestone
Director of Business Development
Phone: (650) 644-3400
Volunteer Coordinator:
Brenda Hendricksen
Volunteer Program Manager
Phone: (650) 644-3400
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Christy Chin, Board Chair, Draper Richards Foundation Portfolio Director
Yogen Dalal, Mayfield, Partner Emeritus
G. Gervaise Davis, III, Esq., Davis & Schroeder, founding principal (retired)
James Kleckner, Value Monitoring, Inc., CTO
J. Leighton Read, M.D., Alloy Ventures, General Partner
James R. Fruchterman, Benetech, President and CEO
Brian Behlendorf, CollabNet, Director
Robert Wexler, Adler & Colvin, Principal

480 S. California Ave., Suite 201
Palo Alto , CA 94306-1609
United States
Phone: (650) 644-3400
Fax: (650) 475-1066
Web: http://www.benetech.org

A U.S. student reading a Bookshare accessible ebook on a computer
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Benetech Human Rights staff member training NGO partner on Martus & human rights documentation
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Benetech Labs staff explore new environmental software application with NGO partners
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