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BENEFICENT TECHNOLOGY INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2012: BENEFICENT TECHNOLOGY INC

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AKA  Benetech
Palo Alto, CA
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BENEFICENT TECHNOLOGY INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2012: BENEFICENT TECHNOLOGY INC

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Also Known As: Benetech
Physical Address: Palo Alto, CA 94306 1609
EIN: 77-0555413
Web URL: www.benetech.org 
Blog URL: benetech.blogspot.com/ 
NTEE Category: W Public, Society Benefit
W02 Management & Technical Assistance
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q70 International Human Rights
B Educational Institutions
B70 Libraries, Library Science
Ruling Year: 2001 


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Mission Statement

Benetech's mission is to create innovative technology solutions to serve all of humanity. We exist to bridge the gap in social applications between what's possible and what's sufficiently profitable. Currently we tackle issues such as human rights violations, parity of access to information, literacy and environmental sustainability. We are driven by the idea that our technology solutions will be reapplied and adapted around the world to remove barriers and allow people to help themselves and others for generations to come. At Benetech we visualize a world where fundamental human needs are met and Benetech is an important catalyst for the change we envision. We use the technology enterprise model to make impact around the world: customer focus, quality products and services, marketing and distribution.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2010

Total Revenue $9,046,723
Total Expenses $10,176,383

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James R. Fruchterman

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Since Feb 1989

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James R. Fruchterman is a technology entrepreneur, an engineer and former rocket scientist. He is cofounder and director of RAF Technology, Inc., America's leading high-end OCR technology company, used by the U.S. Postal Service to route mail. Jim is also a leading social entrepreneur through his deliberately nonprofit technology company, Benetech. Under Jim’s leadership, Benetech has twice received a Skoll Award for Social EntrepreneurshiSwitzerland (2003-2007) and cofounded and directs the Social Enterprise Alliance, which is the international association for entrepreneurs in the nonprofit sector.   Fruchterman’s outstanding contributions to the advancement of library services for the blind and physically handicapped as well as his successful efforts to make literary works accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired have been recognized by the American Library Association, the American Foundation for the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. Jim currently serves on two federal advisory committees on digital textbooks for students with disabilities.    Jim believes that technology is the ultimate leveler, allowing disadvantaged people achieve more equality in society.

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Budget:
$9,324,685
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

Bookshare.org provides national free access to high-quality educational materials and supporting assistive technology to all qualified students who are visually impaired or print disabled.  Bookshare is an Internet library where people with print disabilities are able to find over  books, magazines and newspapers in accessible formats that they can read. With Bookshare, every student with a print disability can have access to the materials they need for success in the classroom and beyond.

Program Long-Term Success:

Every child and adult in the world who has a print disability has access to the the technology they need to obtain the information they must have to succeed in school and beyond.

Program Short-Term Success:

BY 2011 Bookshare will serve more than 100,000 U.S. students who have print disabilities and we will grow our online collection by over one hundred thousand titles.

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Budget:
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Category:
International, Foreign Affairs & National Security
Population Served:
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Program Description:

The Benetech Human Rights program enables human rights organizations to transform individual first-hand knowledge of human rights abuses into comprehensive, usable data. While non-governmental organizations often have access to vital information, those operating in violent circumstances cannot use this information in the service of policy change; they face operational and political obstacles to storing, securing, analyzing and disseminating key information. We respond to these challenges by providing human rights advocates with both software products and on-the-ground guidance. We adopt data analysis techniques from mathematical demography, statistics, academic computer science and commercial data mining. We combine social-science reasoning with these techniques to examine the facts. Our work turns unproductive, politicized debates into evidence-based conversations based on the anonymized data we publish.

Program Long-Term Success:

New technology, methodological training and research are used worldwide to dispel misinformation about the patterns and magnitude of human rights violations. A rational, commonly-held understanding of the past unites communities to make their shared future better than their violent past

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Budget:
$438,574
Category:
Environment
Population Served:
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Miradi is a software project management tool  designed by conservationists for conservationists working on a wide range of conservation projects – from managing a small county park or land trust to managing an entire ocean or implementing policy-oriented interventions. Miradi is the most comprehensive and powerful software technology available for implementing best practices in the planning, recording, evaluation and sharing of important information about conservation projects. Miradi is a project of Benetech and the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) - a consortium of consortium of conservation NGOs committed to improving the practice of conservation. To achieve this, CMP developed and is promoting common standards and tools for planning, implementation and measuring conservation impact. Each organization within CMP has biodiversity conservation as its primary goal, has a focus on field-based conservation actions and is working to develop better approaches to project design, management and assessment. CMP Core Members include: the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Other key partners include RARE Conservation and Foundations of Success. In the search for solutions, we expect Miradi to become a standard component of the IT toolkit for conservationists everywhere.

Program Long-Term Success:

There will be no technological barriers to information sharing between and among conservation practitioners who then be able to initiate the collaborative conservation practices needed to find timely solutions to our urgent environmental challenges.

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Benetech has a tremendous impact in the fields of education, human rights and environmental conservation. Bookshare has grown into the world's largest online library of accessible digital books, newspapers and periodicals, and is available for free to all qualifying print disabled students throughout the U.S. In 2010, we passed the 100,000 members milestone, and we continue to expand rapidly. Our members are now downloading accessible books at a rate of more than one million books per year! As of 2011, Bookshare has over 140,000 members and more than 109,000 books.   Internationally, Bookshare is operating in 28 countries that span the globe and offering content in Hindi and Tamil, Spanish, French and German. In 2011, we will pilot Arabic language capability and content, enabling Bookshare to start serving readers throughout the Arabic-speaking world.   Our Human Rights Program (HRP) documents and analyzes human rights abuses around the globe, most recently in Burma, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Iran, Lebanon, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In 2010, HRP's expert testimony in Guatemala helped win a huge legal victory: two policemen were convicted and sentenced to forty years each for the disappearance of a prominent union leader. The ruling opened an opportunity for the Guatemalan court system to address the massive human rights crimes of the nation's armed internal conflict. In 2011, our HRP team will help Guatemala's Attorney General prepare for the prosecutions of three high-profile officials charged with committing human rights violations during that conflict.  Miradi is our environmental project management software. At the end of 2010, over 4,000 users representing over a thousand organizations in over 120 countries were using Miradi. We continue to enhance the functionality of Miradi and to expand its use within the global biodiversity community to improve the practice of conservation.
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