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Benetech and United Ways of California Partner to Strengthen California’s Social Safety Net

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements on June 28, 2017 at 9:00am

“We are excited to work with Benetech as a partner in efforts to transform the safety net here in California by expanding the reach and impact of health and human services data, and potentially increase our efficiency, enhance our sustainability, and expand the impact of our operations,” said Peter Manzo, president and CEO, United Ways of California. “Benetech has a long history of successful technology development for social good in California and around the world.”

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Benetech Empowers Social Services Agencies to Better Serve Constituents Through Shared Data Platforms

By posted in Press Releases, Announcements on May 18, 2017 at 9:00am

“There are millions of people in the United States who struggle to access the services that can help them most,” said Anh Bui, vice president, Benetech. “Data about those services is locked in fragmented and redundant silos across thousands of human services organizations and referral providers. These costly and ineffective data silos make it difficult for service providers to connect clients with the services they need. Benetech’s new data platform approach is designed to break down these data silos.”

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Dedicated to Helping Others Succeed

By posted in Benetech on March 13, 2017 at 9:35am

Betsy Beaumon is a 2017 honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence award program that shines the spotlight on local businesswomen, community leaders, and philanthropists who are a force in the region.

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It’s Time for a Software for Social Good Revolution

By posted in Benetech on March 8, 2017 at 11:52am

Is your nonprofit ready to unleash the power of Software for Social Good?

Benetech’s Founder & CEO, Jim Fruchterman, recently spoke at Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Conference: From Possibilities to Responsibilities.

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Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane Join Benetech Board of Directors

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements 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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What’s Next for the Benetech Human Rights Program?

By posted in Human Rights Program on May 19, 2015 at 1:46pm

By Enrique Piraces, Vice President, Human Rights Program I write to let you know that after much thought and consideration, I’m leaving my position as the vice president of the Benetech Human Rights Program. I’m excited for the next chapter in my career and eager to see the work that the Human Rights team will […]

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Announcing Martus Desktop 5.1: Improved UI and Data Visualization Help Human Rights Actors

By posted in Martus on May 6, 2015 at 12:14pm

The Benetech Human Rights team is happy to announce the release of version 5.1 of Martus , our secure, free, open source information management and data collection tool for human rights defenders, activists, journalists, researchers, and civil society practitioners. In this version of the Martus desktop app, we have implemented significant user interface and user experience improvements, along with highly requested features. With these updates, Martus users can now more easily organize, find, and report on the information they collect to advance their goals.

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Advancing Data for Good with Benetech Labs: Improving Access to Clean Water in Latin America

By posted in Benetech Labs on April 23, 2015 at 11:17am

In Summer 2013, Benetech Labs set out to create a platform that empowers water and sanitation community managers in Latin America to share best practices and improve their services, and that also enables institutional funders to evaluate investments in the water and sanitation sector. We’ve made excellent progress with this project and built a diagnostic tool to improve community-based water and sanitation providers’ capacity to provide water and sanitation services to their communities. I’m delighted to share that the Paraguayan government is now using our tool in a nationwide project that aims to advance access to clean water in the country. This is a major step forward in a collaborative effort to tackle the challenges that Latin American community water and sanitation organizations face.

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The Future of Human Rights Technology: The Role of Silicon Valley

By posted in Human Rights Program on February 17, 2015 at 10:15am

How can we create more opportunities for technology companies to support human rights organizations? What will help ensure that the support given to them truly strengthens their capacity to implement the tools, principles, and methods that are required to protect and advance global human rights? Will the interests of the human rights movement and of […]

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Benetech Wins All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Grant to Improve Literacy for Primary School Students with Disabilities in India

By posted in Bookshare International on February 5, 2015 at 3:47pm

We are delighted to share that USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government awarded Benetech a 2015 grant to improve literacy for primary school students who are blind in India. The new grant, under the three partners’ All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development literacy innovations competition, funds our proposed winning project to provide Indian students who are blind with mother tongue instruction and reading materials through Bookshare, our digital library of accessible books.

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