BENETECH

Technology Serving Humanity

aka Benetech   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  www.benetech.org

Mission

Benetech is a nonprofit dedicated to reducing social and economic inequity in partnership with the communities that we serve through software for social good. Benetech’s initiatives are transforming how students, jobseekers, and older adults across the globe read, learn, and work. For nearly 20 years, our Bookshare initiative has been a trusted source of accessible ebooks for people with dyslexia, low vision, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers, making education more inclusive. Our latest software solutions, such as AI that transforms STEM books into accessible formats at scale are changing the way students with disabilities learn science, technology, engineering, and math.

Ruling year info

2001

CEO

Ayan Kishore

Main address

480 California Ave Suite 201

Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA

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EIN

77-0555413

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (A02)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

Education and Literacy are not a privilege, but a basic human right—fundamental to personal, economic, and social development. Yet, millions of people are denied this right because they face tremendous barriers of access to information:
• Many have learning differences, like dyslexia.
• Some have physical or visual disabilities, like blindness.

They remain locked out of living fully in our information-rich world.
The Benetech Global Literacy Program was founded to address the needs of this underserved population. We do this by working on two fronts:
1) With over a million titles, our Bookshare initiative is the world’s largest online accessible library. Over 900,000 users with reading barriers such as dyslexia, a visual impairment, or a physical disability have accessed over 20 million books using the Bookshare platform. See www.bookshare.org.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Students
Seniors

Around the world, there are people whose fundamental human rights are violated on a daily basis. Victims, witnesses, as well as human rights advocates and fieldworkers put their lives at grave risk when they gather and store records of these abuses.

Benetech’s Human Rights Program was founded to empower human rights defenders, fieldworkers, journalists, and other actors to securely collect sensitive information about violations and to effectively utilize it to achieve their goals.

We do this by:
1) Providing free, open source, secure software tools for collecting and analyzing human rights information;
2) Extending capacity building and data security trainings to at-risk human rights groups in countries with state-sanctioned harassment;
3) Advancing the field of human rights by partnering with preeminent organizations, such as Amnesty International, The Guardian Project, Human Rights Watch, The Tor Project, and WITNESS.

With these combined efforts we advance the global community of rights defenders and social justice actors. See benetech.org/work-area/human-rights/

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Activists

Where we work

Awards

Migel Medal (for Jim Fruchterman) 2013

American Foundation for the Blind

CASE Award for Enterprising Social Innovation 2011

Duke University's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)

MacArthur Fellowship (for Jim Fruchterman) 2006

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (for Jim Fruchterman) 2006

Skoll Foundation

Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award (for Jim Fruchterman) 2003

Schwab Foundation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BENETECH

Board of directors
as of 2/9/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Lo

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James R. Fruchterman

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Christy Chin

Gerardo Capiel

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Katie Dill

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Theresa Fay-Bustillos

Kevin Lo

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Jennifer Mcfarlane

Biogill & Pacific Institute

Katherine Schneider

Hema Sundarraj

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June Rumiko Klein

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Yoko Nakao

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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