Twitter’s Claire Williams Shares Why Literacy Is Her Cause

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: As a supporter of the work that the Sharing Foundation does for children in Cambodia, I’ve seen first hand the value of literacy programs in developing countries. Like many, I had duly devoured founder John Wood’s riveting bestseller and I fully admired the incredible work of Room to Read to promote literacy around the world. Read our blog about it, check out our literacy micro-site , and tweet with the cool widget we made.

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Many thanks to all our financial and programmatic partners, collaborators and supporters, volunteers, and, of course, to Betsy Beaumon, General Manager and Vice President of the Benetech Global Literacy Program, and the entire Global Literacy team!


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Nonprofit Advocacy Can Be a Force Multiplier for Social Change

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare today is part of a broader effort by Benetech’s Global Literacy Program to improve the lives and learning of students with the biggest challenges. advocacy Arabella Advisors Benetech Bookshare congressional testimony DC Global Literacy impact Larry Lessig nonprofit Skoll Foundation social change social enterprise tech4good US Congress Washington This post originally appeared on Arabella Advisors'' Greater Good blog as part of the series Impact 2014.

Cell Phone Literacy Ideas in China

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Jenny manages the China operations for a global cell phone technology company. I just had a great meeting with Jenny Zhao where we talked about the cell phone industry in China. One of our dreams for the Route 66 technology is that it could be used to teach reading to people all over the world, in English as well as other languages.

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Mobilizing Impact at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

That was the theme of the ninth Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting that President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton recently convened in New York City last month. At CGI Annual Meetings, leaders from across sectors do more than just developing new ideas or getting inspired: they come together to take real action to address pressing global challenges. Our commitment was selected as an exemplary approach to addressing a global challenge.

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Will Facebook’s Bridge the Global Digital Divide?

Tech Soup Blog

Facebook’s new initiative is a big news item in NPTech and global digital inclusion news. isn’t alone among big tech companies working on the global digital divide. Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion tslibraryorg digital literacy The program aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet to the information age — or is it?

Are You Passionate about Technology and Social Good? Benetech Needs You!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech is hiring new Vice Presidents for our Global Literacy and Human Rights programs. Our Benetech Labs is busy looking for the next tech social enterprises that could make similar global impact. The Vice President of Global Literacy leads Benetech’s biggest program, standing at the confluence of some of the most active and rapidly evolving fields: digital content, EdTech, domestic and international education, and user-centered design.

The Maker Party is on! Join the global campaign to teach the web.


Similar to Mozilla, we share the belief that the web is a global public resource that’s an essential part of our modern life. That’s why we’re supporting this global effort to teach web literacy through hands-on learning and making with the Maker Party. Take part in the global effort to learn and move beyond simply consuming the web to understanding and creating it, so it remains open and accessible to all.

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Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, March 13-19

Tech Soup Blog

From TechSoup Global's grant-funded projects: MaintainIT Project. Brenda loves the Pulaski County Public Library's Literacy Bell, a simple way to celebrate children's literacy. Here's what we've been talking about over the past week. From the TechSoup Community: TechSoup Blog. Nate extols the environmental and practical benefits of virtualization. Robert looks at Security in-a-Box, a security and privacy guide for advocates and human rights defenders.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Engage with more than 1,000 fellow attendees including leadership from marquee foundations, governments, global industries, the U.N., The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference. The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference. The Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning conference is a source of information for anyone affected by dyslexia and other learning based challenges. It's finally here!

#Storymakers2014 Global Tweet Chat Explodes with Knowledge

Tech Soup Blog

in Auckland, New Zealand, TechSoup hosted a #Storymakers2014 global discussion via Twitter. Important issues emerged in the conversation: data access, data literacy, design of platform, dissemination strategy, and impact measurement. On September 4, 2014, beginning at 3 p.m. As the conversation moved east around the globe, we witnessed an explosion of storytelling knowledge.

Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

Tech Soup Blog

Founding donors to the fund include Google Fiber , the Illig Family Foundation, Sprint , Global Prairie , Polsinelli Law , and J.E. Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion digital literacy tspubliclibraries I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the new Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund. It addresses the thorny problem of bringing the 25 percent or so of people in the city who are still not participating in the information age to inclusion.

Data Digest: Global Open Data Initiative, OpenData Latinoamérica, Big Data for Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. This week check out the launch of the new Global Open Data Initiative, the pursuit for the release and use of open data in Latin America and thoughts on open data and democracy in Africa. Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative (GODI).

Check out the Sharing Foundation's Profile on Changing the Present and Global Giving

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We built a new school building for them - and the school is a literacy program. We also have a presence at Global Giving which has recently launched a new look for its site I love that photo. I took it during my last trip to Cambodia, almost three years ago. Those kids are the children of the poorest villagers in Roteang Village. Their parents are working on our farm project. A sort of Headstart program. It prepares the kids to enter the village school.

The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas

Have Fun - Do Good

Kavita Ramdas, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women. Kavita Ramdas is the President and CEO of the nonprofit, the Global Fund for Women. I think it's worth it (: Kavita Ramdas: The Global Fund for Women is the largest independent, publicly supported grant-making foundation to advance women's human rights internationally. I just saw a remarkable film made about a grantee organization that the Global Fund had supported for many years in Liberia.

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22 Statistics About #GivingTuesday Donors Worldwide

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The data from GivingTuesday comes from their 2019 GivingTuesday Impact Report and the 2020 Global Trends in Giving Report data is based on the survey responses of 2,263 GivingTuesday 2019 donors. Education and literacy – 5%.

2021 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

18: Global Recycling Day — #GlobalRecyclingDay. 8: International Literacy Day — #LiteracyDay. 16: Global Cat Day — #GlobalCatDay. Cause awareness and giving days can be very powerful themes upon which to launch online fundraising and social media awareness campaigns.

2020 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

20: Global Recycling Day — #GRD2020. 8: International Literacy Day — #LiteracyDay. 16: Global Cat Day — #GlobalCatDay. Cause awareness and giving days can be very powerful themes upon which to launch online fundraising campaigns.

3rd Annual EveryAction Nonprofit Halloween Costume Parade


Children's Literacy Initiative. The Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) began as a way to provide collections of excellent children’s books & trainings in reading-aloud to teachers in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Happy Halloween from all of us at EveryAction! Each year, our staff marks the occasion by dressing up as some of our favorite nonprofit organizations as a way to recognize their incredible work and the start of end-of-year fundraising push with some fun.

COVID-19 contributed to major education funding gap, report finds


Based on pre-pandemic estimates and additional post-pandemic data, the report, The Education Finance Playbook (29 pages, PDF), found that current aid to education globally totals some $16 billion annually—a figure that has been trending down—while at least $75 billion a year is needed.

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Gerardo’s contributions related to the Benetech Global Literacy Program include: Overseeing the building of the tech infrastructure that has taken Bookshare from serving tens of thousands of members to over 300,000 members, with a rapidly growing collection of 280,000+ accessible ebooks. The Benetech team has just bid goodbye to VP of Engineering Gerardo Capiel, who is moving on to his next adventure.

2019 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

8: International Literacy Day — #LiteracyDay. 16: Global Cat Day — #GlobalCatDay. 2018 Global Trends in Giving Report. Based upon the survey results of 6,057 donors worldwide, the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving. Cause awareness and giving days can be very powerful themes upon which to launch online fundraising campaigns.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Benetech’s Global Literacy Program. With the goal of promoting braille literacy, this landmark meeting brought together braille experts from around the world to Perkins’ campus in Watertown, Massachusetts. That’s why braille is an important focus for us in Benetech’s Global Literacy Program — we know that we must keep braille relevant and make it more available.

Robin Seaman, Agent of Inclusion

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

You probably know that Robin was a pioneer in the ebook industry, but you probably don't know how she applied those experiences and her extensive network to the cause of advancing global literacy. Thanks to the effort led by Robin, four of the top five educational publishers recently presented their future roadmaps including this vision of inclusive publishing, of global accessibility.

2021 Funding & Grant Resources For Women’s Empowerment Organizations


Global Fund for Women. Wallace Global Fund. Their funding priorities focus on the following areas of interest: financial literacy, workforce development, micro finance, entrepreneurship, leadership skills, and formal education. Global Fund For Women. Wallace Global Fund.

Structural Poverty and the Non-Adoption Tax

Tech Soup Blog

I recently spoke with Alice Loy, co-founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. She pointed out the sad irony that while Internet literacy is a key ingredient for fighting poverty in New Mexico, building up that literacy is more expensive in poor communities than in wealthy ones: read more. This post originally appeared at TechSoup for Libraries. GCCE and the New Mexico State Library are partners in Fast-Forward New Mexico (FFNM), a BTOP-funded project.

Funding & Grant Resources For Nonprofits Focused On Education


Global Fund For Children. Their grantmaking aims to ensure that American public education prepares all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to fully participate in democracy and thrive in the global economy. Global Fund For Children.

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10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Technology currently serves privileged groups through tools that provide access to education, literacy, health, and justice. Highlights of this Update: Human Rights Global Literacy Benetech Labs and Board of Directors Human Rights In the age of hyper-surveillance, it is clear that at-risk human rights defenders are no longer the only ones who need the know-how to protect sensitive information. 10X: ten times the impact. That’s what’s been on my mind lately.

Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange Talks about the Global Citizen Center

Have Fun - Do Good

Kevin Danaher is the co-founder of the nonprofit Global Exchange which co-sponsors the Green Festivals with Co-op America. Kevin talks about the Global Citizen Center, a large mixed use building in downtown San Francisco that will serve as a hub for ecologically and socially responsible enterprise, education and economic development. Britt: What are some of the challenges to making the Global Citizen Center happen? They want that sense of global community.

2014 Cause Awareness Days

Nonprofit Tech for Good

29: Global Tiger Day — #GlobalTigerDay or #TigerDay. 8: International Literacy Day — #IntLiteracyDay or #LiteracyDay. Launching online fundraising campaigns around cause awareness days is good strategy.

How to Engage Employees in National (Virtual) Volunteer Month

Saleforce Nonprofit

Simbi’s virtual reading platform enables global literacy through the power of narration, creation, translation, and donation. In her current role at Salesforce, she leads volunteerism in Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Dallas, and co-leads Global Volunteer Month across the company.

President’s Update: Fall 2013

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Highlights of this Update: Global Literacy Human Rights Benetech Labs Communications Global Literacy Bookshare celebrated a double milestone this summer, reaching over 200,000 available titles in our collection and serving over 250,000 members with disabilities! We know, however, that we’ve only scratched the surface of meeting the global need for access to books and information.

Opposing attempt to TM "Social Enterprise"

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The term social enterprise is in common use globally to describe enterprises that have a social welfare intent. The social enterprise movement is a global one, so we hope that the measured approach of the USPTO to this application is echoed by peer trademark authorities in other countries.

Support Bookshare for Veterans

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

For them, Bookshare —Benetech’s Global Literacy initiative and the world’s largest accessible digital library for people with print disabilities—opens up a lifeline to reading. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimated earlier this year that about 3 million veterans, or 14 percent of the total veteran population, had a service-connected disability.

The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The tools we develop for that purpose span a range of fields—from human rights , to global literacy , to the environment —but no matter what area we work in, we depend on an IP system that’s friendly to technological advances and to positive social impact. We called this idea Bookshare , which is now Benetech’s largest Global Literacy initiative. spread globally, as I described in a post on the significance of this landmark treaty.

Funding & Grant Resources For Nonprofits Focused On The Environment And Conservation Efforts


PADI AWARE Foundation is a publicly funded nonprofit whose mission is to drive local action for global ocean conservation. Today’s funder list focuses on nonprofits supporting the environment and conservation efforts.

How Malala Fund’s Innovative Grantmaking is Revolutionizing Education for Girls

Saleforce Nonprofit

The broadcasts air weekly and deliver multilingual lessons on literacy, numeracy, and STEM. With the support of Salesforce’s tools, Malala Fund has invested $22 million in global education programs that have ensured countless girls get the equal access to education they deserve.

2018 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar

Troy Hunt

8: International Literacy Day — #LiteracyDay. 16: Global Cat Day — #GlobalCatDay. 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report. Based upon the survey results of 4,084 donors worldwide, the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report explores the impact of gender, generation, and ideology upon giving and volunteerism. Cause awareness and giving days can be very powerful themes upon which to launch online fundraising campaigns.

Cause Camp 2021 Speaker Line-Up

NonProfit Hub

Her experience includes 8+ years of Marketing, Communication, and Program Management for organizations working on issues such as poverty, financial literacy, voter engagement, health research, and the public arts. It’s that time of year again, Cause Camp 2021 is just around the corner!

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We saw this view underscored in last year’s Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled —an international copyright treaty that would make copyright exceptions for people with disabilities a global norm and allow organizations like ours to share accessible books across national borders.

Time & expense best practices for nonprofits looking to thrive in 2021


A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and a global economic recession have made nonprofit services an essential lifeline for millions of people. Professionalism in financial literacy & intentionality.

I Need a Good Lawyer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re operating at the forefront of copyright limitations and exceptions, both in the United States and globally. But, I expect that 75% of the job will be about analyzing the legal issues from our programs, especially in our Global Literacy Program, which includes Bookshare, the largest digital library for the blind and dyslexic in the U.S., No, we’re not being sued (and we want to keep it that way).

Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog

It also provides tools that facilitate program management, funding development, and global collaboration. Grameen Foundation : This global microfinance nonprofit improved collaboration across four continents with Box. Operation Hope : This financial literacy nonprofit uses Box as its primary content management system for all employees. TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner,

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