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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 Establishes Global Certified Accessible Program to Ensure Content Serves All Students Equally

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements on June 22, 2017 at 6:00am

Global Certified Accessible ensures students unable to read standard print due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, or a physical disability have equal access to the same content as their peers. The program has a global footprint in order to serve students around the world. Benetech developed the certification standards and serves as the lead certification provider for North America. Dedicon provides certification for mainland Europe, Royal National Institute of Blind People for the United Kingdom, and Vision Australia for Australasia.

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

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Announcements, 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 Bookshare, Benetech, Announcements, Global Literacy, Bookshare International 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 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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Benetech Advocates for Accessibility in All Areas of Business

By posted in Benetech, Announcements 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 Benetech, Human Rights Program, Announcements 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 Benetech, Announcements 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 Benetech, Human Rights Program, Announcements 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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