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Benetech

Benetech is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions

Founded: 1991 by Jim Fruchterman

Benetech
  • Program Area

    Education, Environment, Human Rights
  • Location of Impact

    Global
  • Headquarters Location

    Palo Alto, California, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Mobile Apps, Open Source
  • Budget

    $1,000,000 +

Benetech is a different kind of tech company. We’re a nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions. Our work has transformed how over 400,000 people with disabilities read; made it safer for human rights defenders in over 50 countries to document human rights violations; and equipped environmental conservationists to protect ecosystems and species all over the world. Our Benetech Labs is working on the next big impact.

Funders and Awards

Our major funders include the following organizations: U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of state, Skoll Foundation, Ford Foundation, Mac Arthur Foundation, USAID, OSF, Google, and the Oak Foundation. Our CEO is the recipient of numerous awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, Caltech’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.