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Benetech and Lighthouse Guild Announce New Program Offering Free Ebooks to Students Who Are Visually Impaired

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy on February 1, 2017 at 4:35am

The new Spotlight Gateway program is able to provide Bookshare for free to qualifying students via an existing award from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. What do people miss most when they lose their vision? They miss seeing their families, and they miss having unlimited access to information of all kinds, […]

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Bookshare Members Now Have Access to Over 500,000 Ebooks

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on January 12, 2017 at 1:18pm

On November 29, 2016, Bookshare hit a momentous milestone when it passed the mark of 500,000 titles in its collection. That means that people unable to read standard print now have access to 500,000 ebooks in various formats to suit their individual needs.

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Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane Join Benetech Board of Directors

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Press Releases on October 13, 2016 at 9:00am

Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane to its Board of Directors. Lo and McFarlane join amid rapid expansion of Benetech’s Global Literacy and Human Rights Programs in addition to increased investments in Benetech Labs to identify and scale the next big social impact technology.

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Benetech Advocates for Accessibility in All Areas of Business

By posted in Announcements, Benetech on August 31, 2016 at 1:14pm

Jane Poole, Vice President of Human Resources at Benetech, was recently invited to participate on ADP’s Client Advisory Council. ADP is a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based human capital management solutions and business process outsourcing services, analytics, and compliance expertise. ADP manages payroll for one in six workers in the United States, so it has […]

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Benetech, Amnesty International, and the Engine Room Announce DatNav

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Human Rights Program on August 24, 2016 at 8:57am

A groundbreaking guide on navigating digital data for human rights organizations Palo Alto, California, August 24, 2016—Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, is excited to announce the release of DatNav, a ground-breaking new guide on navigating digital data within the human rights field. […]

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Joel Riciputi Joins Benetech’s Leadership Team to Drive Marketing Strategy

By posted in Announcements, Benetech on August 11, 2016 at 12:23pm

Benetech announced today that Joel Riciputi has joined the organization as Vice President of Marketing where he will be responsible for integrated product and program marketing, corporate marketing, and communications. Over the past 20+ years Joel’s work has spanned a range of global technology challenges from sustainability and energy management to speech recognition and security, […]

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In South Africa, Human Rights Joins the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Human Rights Program on August 8, 2016 at 3:02pm

This July, more than 18,000 activists, researchers, scientists and policymakers from 183 countries converged in the seaside city of Durban, South Africa, for the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), where news of medical breakthroughs that make it possible to remove the virus from infected cells led some researchers to conclude that a cure may be […]

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Jennifer Kane Joins Benetech’s Leadership Team to Focus on Individual Giving

By posted in Announcements, Benetech on August 4, 2016 at 11:02am

Benetech is pleased to announce the arrival of Jennifer Kane as Benetech’s Director of Engaged Giving. In this new role at Benetech, Jennifer will be engaging individual donors, families, and their philanthropic advisors to discover the many ways they can improve the lives of others and achieve meaningful social impact by supporting Benetech’s work in […]

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Benetech’s Code Alliance Helps Nonprofits Scale Cutting-Edge Technology Solutions at GoogleServe

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good) on July 27, 2016 at 12:35pm

The first rule of solving real-world problems using technology is to work directly with the communities that know the problem space best. That’s precisely what Benetech’s Code Alliance initiative has done by bringing nonprofit organizations together with Google engineers for the annual #GoogleServe event in June at the company’s Mountain View headquarters. Today, many nonprofits […]

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Inspiration and Technology Expand Collection of Accessible Books in India

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on July 14, 2016 at 2:16pm

“Doing a good service is like throwing a rock into a pond, the ripples just go on and on.” Nirmal Verma and Vijeta Kapur are on a mission to turn a book famine in India into a feast. This husband and wife team lead a life completely dedicated to the education of students and adults who are visually challenged.

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