Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

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The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. Route 66 Literacy Did you know that we have another fabulous online service that helps adolescent and adult beginning readers learn to read?

Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As a parent of wired kids, I think teaching digital literacy is very important for parents to do. Three reasons kids need digital literacy and citizenship education — and three ways to provide it – Guest Post by Emily Esch. Photo by WhiteAfrican.

Twitter’s Claire Williams Shares Why Literacy Is Her Cause

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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. Read our blog about it, check out our literacy micro-site , and tweet with the cool widget we made.

Listening Literacy Skills: What keywords or phrases have brought you some insights?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The most important listening literacy skills are. Program, services, and event names. Other nonprofits with similar program names. Reiteracy is Social Media Listening Literacy. What else makes up listening literacy skills?

How to Evaluate Your Digital Literacy Program: Free Webinar on June 30

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Broadband Technology Opportunity Program) and are busy creating and updating. How to Evaluate Your Digital Literacy Program Thursday, June 30, 11 a.m. computer-related programs, those who support digital literacy programs, or BTOP. impact of your public access computers and computer training programs. Access to the Internet and computer training are key services. public libraries and some nonprofits provide. To bolster their efforts, the.

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

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Technology is playing an ever larger role in increasing respect for human rights and delivering better services, and we have two rare opportunities to lead world-class tech-for-good programs. Benetech is hiring new Vice Presidents for our Global Literacy and Human Rights programs. Benetech Bookshare human rights jobs Labs literacy social enterprise social entrepreneur social entrepreneurship

Nonprofit Advocacy Can Be a Force Multiplier for Social Change

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Against all odds, we—a novice bidder with a less than $1 million-a-year program—won a five-year, $32.5 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.

New to TechSoup: Reading Eggs Online Educational Program

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Reading Eggs is an online reading education program for children aged 3 to 13. See the program page for details about the subscription plans offered by TechSoup. Reading Eggs is ideal for organizations that work with literacy among children and want to motivate them through games.

Digit: An SMS Program That Saves You Money Without You Noticing

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Technology aimed at making consumers more financially savvy isn’t new – programs such as are a popular choice for people who are trying to save more money. But a new program called Digit is changing that intersection of money and technology.

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Research Friday: Financial literacy: understanding money for today’s activities and tomorrow’s security

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1 This study, Financial Literacy and Knowledge in the Nonprofit Sector (PDF) , "engaged a random sample of primarily human service nonprofits, as well as health, civic, environmental, arts, and education nonprofits." The report is divided into five areas of study: I) financial knowledge and literacy, II) indicators for programmatic and financial decision-making, III) the board role & governance, IV) controls and procedures for financial management, and, v) some closing thoughts.

Mayrie ReNae Annual Valentine's Day Scholarship

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If you wish to nominate someone, please contact Alisa Moore, our Volunteer Program Manager , this week! accessibility volunteers Bookshare literacyLast November, Mayrie ReNae, a beloved colleague and part of our Bookshare extended community, passed away after a battle with cancer. Mayrie was a Bookshare member, volunteer and staff person, who contributed hundreds of books to the Bookshare collection and provided invaluable guidance to our volunteer crew for many years.

Member Round Up: A busy September with new research, a cure for website obesity, and world literacy day


On September 8, Unesco observed its 40th International Literacy Day, from which Care2 highlights some shocking statistics on literacy around the globe and reminds us that the ability to read and write is a human right. Crucial areas that nonprofits would like more help in include meeting the demand for their programs and services, using technology to improve their effectiveness, and developing their leadership skills.

Exciting Benetech Leadership News!

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Betsy Beaumon, formerly of BEA Systems and numerous other high tech roles (including founding her own social enterprise in the 1990s), has joined us as our new Vice President and General Manager of Literacy Programs. Over the last year, I've spent half my time just on Bookshare, but Betsy Beaumon's arrival will allow me to worry less about the day-to-day operations, while gaining a partner for strategizing the future of our Literacy programs.

Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile

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Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Come to this free webinar to gain ideas for integrating mobile-devices into new and existing adult programs.

Building a Digitally Literate Community

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A few months ago, I attended Microsoft Citizenship's YouthSpark Connection event and heard first-hand from recent high school graduates about how dire the need for digital literacy is. Defining Digital Literacy. But first, what exactly is digital literacy?

Route 66 Meeting

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We recently had a meeting in Silicon Valley to celebrate the progress we're making with the Route 66 Literacy program. She heads the Center of Literacy and Disability Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Friday: Corporate Volunteer Programs: Synergy in Business and Nonprofit Actions

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posted by Annette Sutfin , Kinship Program. Orchestrated effectively, a corporate volunteer program has the potential to render benefits not only to the nonprofit, but to the corporation as well. The hours of unpaid labor afforded by such programs is the obvious contribution to the nonprofit organization. Jarvis (2010) claims that volunteer programs have the capacity to save corporations $500 per employee in training, recruitment and turnover expenses.

Will Facebook’s Bridge the Global Digital Divide?

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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? Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion tslibraryorg digital literacy

Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

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Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to address the digital divide, one in five American adults still do not use the Internet. rapidly growing 1 Million Cups Program , which is a major big deal there. Each week hundreds of people go to the foundation auditorium on Rockhill Road to attend a morning program in which two local commercial or nonprofit entrepreneurs present their startups to an audience of other entrepreneurs.

Corporate Citizenship and Digital Inclusion: Empowering Communities, Nonprofits, and Public Libraries

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At TechSoup for Libraries , we've been covering the Edge Initiative , an assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools, and resources to support public technology services. Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion digital literacy

Comcast Internet Essentials - A Green Program to Bridge the Digital Divide

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this summer is the Comcast Internet Essentials Program. This new program is rolling out this month in 39 states offering $10 per month broadband Internet program to low-income families with children who are eligible to receive free school meals. This new program alone is expected to have major impact on low-income people who have previously been unable to afford broadband Internet. Subscribers will also be given access to free digital literacy training.

3rd Annual EveryAction Nonprofit Halloween Costume Parade


Launched in 2012 by music legend Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation develops programs that support its mission to connect young people in safe ways and empowering them with the skills and opportunities that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world. Children's Literacy Initiative. Happy Halloween from all of us at EveryAction!

Martus 4.5: Lowering the Barrier to Better Information Security through Strong Crypto

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Last week, the Benetech Human Rights Program released version 4.5 can now be configured in less than 10 minutes by anyone with basic digital literacy skills, so that even less tech-savvy users can easily and quickly implement Martus’ secure documentation capabilities with distributed backup.

Thank You, Gerardo!

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He oversaw the development of numerous products and services that allow us to drive social empowerment through technology across all our programs. The Benetech team has just bid goodbye to VP of Engineering Gerardo Capiel, who is moving on to his next adventure.

VisionLink Welcomes Our Newest Customer, Nevada 2-1-1!


Nevada 2-1-1 is a program of the Financial Guidance Center (FGC) and is committed to helping Nevada citizens connect with the services they need. Administration of the Nevada 2-1-1 program blends perfectly with the FCG mission. FGC is committed to administering the Nevada 2-1-1 program on a statewide basis. The addition of the Nevada 2-1-1 program to for FGC allows for the enhancement of resources to better benefit Nevadans.

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On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

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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.

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Leading the Participant

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If the point of the Discovery Center is to teach students the facts of the Grenada invasion, it's reasonable to create a program in which there's a right and wrong answer about what happened in history. youth programs exhibition game

Belfast Nonprofit Brings Affordable Technology to Mainers | Bangor, Maine News, Sports, and Weather - WABI TV5

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We have two programs. We are a computer literacy project, 501 C3, and we help get computers into the hands of underprivileged, schools, non profits, and libraries,” said Martin, the executive director Belfast Nonprofit Brings Affordable Technology to Mainers | Bangor, Maine News, Sports, and Weather - WABI TV5 : We’ve helped almost 10,000 families so far in the 12 years,” said E-Commerce Manager Calvin Robbins.

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


That’s why we’re supporting this global effort to teach web literacy through hands-on learning and making with the Maker Party. community Community event learning maker party mozilla nptech nten Web Sites website Program Maker Party The Maker Party starts today - and you’re invited to attend, no matter where you are in the world! We’re excited to help spread the word about Mozilla’s Maker Party.

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How Text Messaging Closes the Word Gap in Young Children

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The results: Literacy rates improved for children whose parents received literacy text messages. The study found that the parents who received the literacy text messages were far more likely to engage their children in learning how to read.

Benetech: President's Update

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I want to unveil several of these new initiatives, as well as sneaking in some of the incredible things happening in our core programs in literacy and human rights. President’s Update Fall 2011 Don’t be surprised, but we’re picking up the pace of change at Benetech!

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

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Bookshare , our flagship literacy program, is the world’s largest accessible library and currently serves more than 230,000 members with visual and learning disabilities. My second blog post in this series will describe how we are growing our Spanish-language program.

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Changing lives through financial empowerment

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Kristen Coco , Program Developer. For the past six months I have worked with YWCA Maricopa County , expanding its Own It Financial Education program , which provides low-income women and families a free education teaching them how to become financially stable and independent. posted by.

The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

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His chapter on “Data Literacy” describes what sounds a lot of good content curation skills minus the social sharing part. This is good, basic digital literacy principles that have been taught by educators and librarians taught in the early 2000′s and continue today.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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How can our existing successful programs reach ten times more people? Technology currently serves privileged groups through tools that provide access to education, literacy, health, and justice. 10X: ten times the impact. That’s what’s been on my mind lately.

Southeast Asia, Social Enterprise Accidental Tour!

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Makphet Restaurant Vientiane, Laos (and other locations) Makphet Restaurant, photo by Backpack Foodie Like DDD, Friends-International started its efforts in Cambodia and then spread its programs to Laos. I just spent almost three weeks in Thailand and Laos on a combined work and vacation trip.

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Supporting Artists With Disabilities

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Benetech’s Vice President and general manager of our literacy program, Betsy Beaumon, also purchased several works from Creativity Explored after our holiday gathering. For the past ten years, Benetech’s Bookshare library has provided accessible books for people with print disabilities.

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Opposing attempt to TM "Social Enterprise"

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Universities have programs on learning how to run social enterprises. In doing a Google search on the term, Harvard Business School has an ad listing: “Social Enterprise Programs for Senior Managers. I've been working closely with Kevin Lynch, the CEO of the Social Enterprise Alliance, on countering the efforts of to attempt to trademark the name of our entire field, Social Enterprise.

Technology Training Resources for Nonprofits

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Thankfully, there are many free or inexpensive training programs that can help you polish your technology skills. Did you know that you can get access to discounted training programs through TechSoup? Basic Computer and Digital Literacy Skills.

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FAQ – Why would a nonprofit board want ME as a board member? What do I have to offer?


Maybe he is a public school teacher who develops an after-school literacy program for under-served children in his community. Someone who can gather data on best practices at the fifty other after-school literacy programs in New York? And research the best programs in other cities? Thinking about joining a nonprofit board but not sure where to begin?

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Claire Williams Diaz talks Hope140, T.W.E.E.T. and her Passion to Change the World


Non-profits like Room to Read are benefiting from the program by promoting International Literacy Day in partnership with Twitter. Read our case studies on how other non-profits are using Twitter and let us know you’d like to learn more about the program! Meet Claire.

Why Do We Interpret Art and Science So Differently?

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There are huge opportunities for science and art museums to cross-program with geniuses like Olafur Elliason, James Turrell, and many, many folks working across the art/science spectrum. A genius has just created a major body of work.

One Click Community Organizing: Instant Portals


A CommunityOS Portal provides client tracking and case management, resource directory and asset mapping, content management (everything from calendars to message forums, eNewsletters, file libraries and more), and some seven levels of reporting, all of which can be deployed for the specific needs of an agency, or a program, or a stakeholder group, or a specific purpose. What about that literacy initiative, or the Jobs Program?