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.

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


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The Librarian of Marrakesh

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One of the joys of my role is meeting other social sector leaders: people with a powerful passion for good. book caravan books librarians literacy Marrakech Marrakesh Morocco women women''s rights We learn from each other, and try to help each other when we can. Jamila Hassoune Ten years ago, I started corresponding with a fascinating woman from Morocco, Jamila Hassoune. Over time, I learned more and more about her work and background. She was the first woman bookseller in Morocco.

What is the Funder’s Role in Supporting Good Measurement?


But they have also made data literacy an essential competency for everyone in the organization. Beth Kanter. Author. Beth's Blog. What are the skills and mindsets that nonprofits need to embrace data for social change? What are the types of funding and capacity building that philanthropy should support to make this happen? Data Scientist" is a newly defined job that requires being part data geek, analyst, communicator, visualizer, storyteller, and interpreter.

What is the Funder’s Role in Supporting Good Measurement?

Beth Kanter

Building infrastructure, in-house expertise, and data literacy of all staff is critical to their success so they have invested. This individual works with program experts to apply what is learned from the data. But they have also made data literacy an essential competency for everyone in the organization. The result is a shift from ad hoc data analysis and simple (though detailed) record-keeping to a systematic approach to improving their programs and campaigns by using data.

Mayrie ReNae Annual Valentine's Day Scholarship

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By the time she was hired as a proofreader and scanner in December 2008, Mayrie had played a key role in contributing more than 1,000 accessible books to the collection. accessibility volunteers Bookshare literacyLast November, Mayrie ReNae, a beloved colleague and part of our Bookshare extended community, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Building a Digitally Literate Community

Tech Soup Blog

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? " The Role of Libraries. According to the report, 99% of public libraries offer access to technology, and 90% report offering some sort of digital literacy skills training. The Role of Schools.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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. The 2019 ARNOVA conference theme explores the roles that nonprofits and philanthropic organizations take when they attempt to strengthen local communities. It's finally here!

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.

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Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

Tech Soup Blog

The Kansas City Public Library System will also have a role in this work. 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.

Building A Nonprofit Board That Understands Financial Stewardship


But some general knowledge about financial literacy will bode well. You want board members who are able to successfully function in the role of financial stewardship of your nonprofit. Take advantage of National Literacy Month. Take advantage of National Literacy Month.

How to successfully recruit and retain staff with innovative technology

Nimble AMS

If a staff member is frustrated with your current technological configuration, it can add stress and extra work to their role. Why this disconnect in data literacy? However, all changes in prioritizing technology and data literacy must begin at the top. According to the U.S.

Apply for the 2022 Digital Inclusion Fellowship


NTEN has long advocated that every organization needs to recognize the role of digital equity in meeting its mission. In addition, Felicia Tillman, a fellow from Atlanta, formed partnerships to bring digital literacy training to uniquely sweet spaces.

Apply for the 2021 Digital Inclusion Fellowship


NTEN has long advocated that every organization needs to recognize the role of digital equity in meeting its mission. Felicia Tillman, a fellow from Atlanta, formed partnerships to bring digital literacy training to uniquely sweet spaces.

Leading organizations invest in building the digital capacity of Canada’s nonprofit sector


How we train staff in technology needs to address this by including staff in all roles, of all backgrounds, and in all departments,” adds Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN. Improving digital literacy, access to technology, and resilience will make the work of community change more impactful.


Robin Seaman, Agent of Inclusion

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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. About the new edition of the Book Industry Study Group’s Guide to Accessible Publishing, just released yesterday and dedicated to Robin, in honor of her role as the principal editor.

How to Show Visual Impact on Your Online Donation Forms


Leap for Literacy. Leap for Literacy added a video about their organization at the top of their landing page. Important takeaways: Storytelling is an important part of the donor experience and images play a crucial role in helping donors connect with your mission.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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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.

How to Maximize Success Stories Across Your Nonprofit’s Digital Channels

Nonprofit Tech for Good

WFP USA shared their blog post of Rani’s story on Facebook for Literacy Day on September 8. It would be tough to explain its important role in his story in a brief social post that is also meant to encourage people to volunteer. By Allison Weber , founder of Allison Weber Consulting , a fundraising and communications business dedicated to helping mission-driven organizations tell better stories. Stories are windows into new worlds.

Client Spotlight: Byte Back


They achieve this through transformative digital advocacy, digital literacy, and tech certification training. There are short-term, mid-term, and long-term volunteer roles available to fit a variety of schedules.

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

Beth Kanter

Here, he draws from the work of Howard Rheingold when talking about data literacy and attention fitness as well as others and lays out an information diet that is intended to help us change in our daily habits. He doesn’t recommend quick fixes like “unplugging” which is the metaphorical equivalent to a crash diet because it doesn’t work. There is also a social change role.

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.

5 Tips to Plan Engaging Virtual Volunteer Opportunities


Plus, you can still make your virtual opportunities hands-on by giving participants an active role in driving your mission forward. Ensure you thoroughly explain what each role involves and create fun role descriptions to get volunteers interested and prepared!


Beyond Survival: Post-Disruption Nonprofit Digital Strategy


In fact, funding for digital initiatives increased more than anything else—more than increases in costs, numbers of people in technology roles, and numbers of customers. . This is the first post in a 3-part series. Stay tuned for part 2 and part 3. .

3 Ways to Engage Community to Drive Climate Justice

Saleforce Nonprofit

Consider what your technology is good at, communicate that clearly, and collaboratively explore the role your tech can play. As Jones pointed out, education around climate issues in low-income communities is fraught with constraints, like spotty internet access or literacy challenges.

The Accounting Basics Every Nonprofit Team Member Should Know

NonProfit Hub

Financial literacy is an area where “fake until you make it” doesn’t apply. I’m guessing you were drawn to your current role because of the mission and impact, not the business model or financial challenges. . Make sure employees are familiar with this person and their role. .

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Government, Community, and Corporate Partnerships to Expand Broadband Access

Tech Soup Blog

With shrinking budgets, providing increased access to the Internet and training for computer literacy can be particularly challenging for libraries and public computing centers. Elliot wrote a post after his interview with her about how structural poverty plays a big role in keeping people in low-access communities away from opportunities and how the costs of that poverty in communities can actually make it more expensive for positive change to work and projects like this one to succeed.

Does Your Nonprofit Need Some Data Therapy?

Beth Kanter

It is all about the data, but data is playing a huge role in civic engagement strategies and if people or nonprofits lack the skills to use it for civic engagement goals, that poses a problem. But, everyone can raise their data literacy, especially visualization. So, as I curate resources on this topic, I was excited to discover Rahul Bhargava – a data nerd who writes the Data Therapy Blog for the MIT Center for Civic Media.

I Need a Good Lawyer

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Of course, part of the role is the bread-and-butter work of a nonprofit GC: day-to-day transactions, reviewing our 990, providing counsel to our senior team and board. 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).

Patrick Ball is our New CTO!

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Patrick's role as CTO will have strong exposure outside Benetech as well as our primary tech leadership job. It's essential that Benetech's public face be more than just me, and I'm excited about having someone as dynamic and smart as Patrick spreading the word about values in technology development in general, and Benetech's mission in literacy, the environment, landmine removal and human rights in specific. Benetech is all about applying values in the development of technology.

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


Organizations like Room to Read , the Poetry Foundation , and Books in Homes USA work to promote literacy and the significance of literary works in our society - support their work today, bookworms! While many remember it as a male-dominated organization, Cleaver, Angela Davis, and other women actually played a large role in leading the movement to empower African American communities during the Civil Rights era. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

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How Cross-Sector Collaboration is Helping Fight Youth Unemployment in Boston

Connection Cafe

Boston University provides in-kind space to host professional development forums, EVERFI supplies financial literacy coursework, and Boston’s Center for Teen Empowerment adds expertise in the youth development space. Other inputs, like financial literacy training materials, or activities like professional development, can be further developed and other partners brought in, as long as it all funnels back up to that larger impact. Where does your organization sit in your community?

Hosting Harkin at the Hub

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In his current roles as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations panel that funds education initiatives, Harkin continues to fight for policies that promote equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities and their families.

Employee Recruitment and Retention: 4 Engagement Tips

Web Courseworks Associations

This was initially a struggle, as the lack of face-to-face interaction makes it much harder to teach concepts and learn about a new role. Did you know that 47% of HR professionals have said that retention is the top talent management challenge they face, closely followed by recruitment at 36%?

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Why Nonprofits Shouldn’t Imitate the Art of Corporate Branding

NonProfit Hub

Kylander and Stenzel’s book is the result of more than two years of research and collaborative effort, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, to examine the role of brands in the nonprofit sector and recognize that nonprofits are over-relying on corporate sector practices to oversee their brands. As you read each author’s viewpoint on how a brand must uphold the mission, you may have also noticed these authors agree on the brand’s role as champion of visibility and revenue.

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Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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Bookshare’s role was mixed: we didn’t end up attending many of these meetings and critiqued early efforts that were crippled by heavy-handed publisher influence, although we did propose at one point to supply technology to TIGAR based on Bookshare. Even though Benetech doesn’t have donor funding for this, our VP of Global Literacy, Betsy Beaumon, and I thought it would be worthwhile to attend this meeting. One of the reasons I started the Beneblog more than ten years ago (!)

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My goals are to talk to people about the causes I am passionate about: literacy, access and human rights. I think it's great that the Forum thinks social entrepreneurs have an important role in the Davos mix I am heading off to Davos for my third World Economic Forum meeting. I have been tapped to write for the BBC website as well as a guest blogger for the Forum. So, expect my posts on the BeneBlog to be a little more frequent as I post these.

Doing the Right Stuff Right for Human Rights

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The human rights technology we eventually built and that anchors our Program— Martus —has since played a crucial role in strengthening the human rights community. Our breakthrough in the conception of Martus came in 2000, when I was looking to expand Benetech to new frontiers of social good beyond our origins—helping disabled people access books in what is now our Global Literacy program.

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Lucy Bernholz Named Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation

Beth Kanter

As a Visiting Scholar, Bernholz will advance the Foundation’s literacy on a range of issues, particularly digital civil society, open data, and social good. She will continue in this role in addition to her work with the Packard Foundation. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced today that Lucy Bernholz will join the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar effective fall 2013 and through 2014.

Digital Beginnings: Parents As Scaffolds

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The other day, I received a request from an academic, Jackie Marsh, whose research focuses on the role of popular culture, media. and new technolgies in early literacy development. understanding about techno-literacy practices such as blogging and texting, in. As you can see, Harry was exposed to technology at a young age. At age six months, he could sit on my lap while I updated web sites.

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