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THE STORY:

In fourth grade, due to a learning disability, Carson Maxson read at a first-grade level. His self-esteem was low and he hated reading. Not being able to keep pace with his peers, each new assignment brought him anxiety and a sense of failure.

But in sixth grade, Carson’s learning journey changed. His English teacher signed Carson up for Benetech’s Bookshare library and encouraged him to experiment with reading accessible ebooks on an iPad, using Benetech’s Read2Go ebook reader app.

The combination of the iPad with Bookshare accessible books and Read2Go has made a tremendous difference in Carson’s life. “When I hear Carson talk with friends about the books he’s read, his voice swells with pride and so does my heart,” says his teacher. “In twenty years of teaching, I’ve never found an educational resource that has made such a profound difference for students who attend special education classes. It’s difficult for teachers to observe their students feeling failure and to hear their families’ desperate requests for the right support solutions.” Now in eighth grade, Carson’s grades and reading skills have improved in all curricular areas—and so has his self-esteem.

Carson’s life changing encounter with accessible books is just one example of how Benetech uses technology to create positive social good. Our tools change the ways in which people with disabilities can effectively read; empower frontline human rights defenders to safely document abuse; and encourage environmental practitioners to succeed in their efforts to protect species and ecosystems.

As a nonprofit, we know it’s necessary for us to explore new ways in which targeted software tools could address unmet social needs. Our work and reach are made possible through the generous support of people like you; and thanks to matching from the Skoll Foundation, your gift will have far more impact!

Here are some examples of what we can accomplish with your contribution:

Join us, and together we can empower disadvantaged people to improve their lives and create lasting change!

About Benetech

Benetech is a Silicon Valley nonprofit technology company that develops software tools and services to address pressing social needs. Each of its program areas—Global Literacy, Human Rights, the Environment, and Benetech Labs—offers great social impact with funds received. Social entrepreneur and MacArthur Fellow Jim Fruchterman created Benetech in 2000, and leads the organization as its CEO. For more information, please visit Benetech.org.

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Following is a list of image descriptions for the photos and video accompanying our fundraiser:

  1. A Bookshare student member reading an ebook on his iPad.
  2. Hands touching a tactile grahic booklet.
  3. A blind man listening to digital content on a mobile device.
  4. A group of people posing to the camera, cheering and raising their hands up.
  5. A humanitarian fieldworker interviewing three women in a rural area.
  6. Digital security training to members of a human rights organization in Haiti.
  7. Posters displaying a map of prison locations in Burma and photos from the 1988 crackdown by the military junta.
  8. A group of software professionals working together at laptops.
  9. A water tower in a rural community in Latin America.

These photos are followed by a short video introducing Benetech's social impact work.

$32,700

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $8,000

  • G. Gervaise & Kathy Davis

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Michael Kleinman

    $25

  • Noah Manduke

    $50

  • Carole Lake

    $5,000

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Patricia

    $50

  • Donna Rogers-Beard

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Barbara Barnes

    $10

  • Grandma

    $50

  • Becky Kuczaj

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Lora Seale

    $25

  • Benetech

    $15

  • Mario Oliveros

    $25

  • Cherie Miller Sopkin

    $100

  • sh

    $10

  • MH

    $10

  • Anthony Chong

    $100

  • BJ Wishinsky

    $50

  • Catherine Crystal Foster

    $100

  • Betsy Beaumon

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • In Memory of Percy O. Barmore

     

  • Kevin Barenblat

    $250

  • Dorothy Stoneman

    $25

  • IT NetCource, Inc.

    $100

  • Teresa Throckmorton

    $100

  • Virginia Fruchterman

     

  • Jane Poole

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Kate Fruchterman

    $10

  • Mary

    $25

  • Daniel

     

  • Anne Hunt

    $25

  • Bill Fruchterman

    $100

  • Kristina King Cohen

     

  • Ann B. Hauge

    $200

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Janice Carter

    $50

  • Jim Fruchterman

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Jim Fruchterman

    $200

  • Jim Fruchterman

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Jim Fruchterman

    $100

  • Akis Antoniadis

    $50

  • Jim Fruchterman

    $100

  • Christy Chin

    $500

  • Christy Chin

    $250

  • Christy Chin

    $250

  • Eric and Christy Chin

    $4,000

  • Anonymous

    $2,850

  • Jim Fruchterman

    $1,000

  • Betsy Beaumon

    $100

  • Betsy Beaumon

    $100

  • Mamie Starr

    $50

  • cristina yoon

    $50

  • Jane Poole

     

  • Donna Barrigan

    $2,000

  • Lara Rondberg

     

  • Betsy Beaumon

    $200

  • Donna McNear

    $25

  • Lawrence A. Scadden

    $2,000

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The Team: $32,700 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

BENETECH

Amount Raised

$22,230

Fundraiser Title

Jim Fruchterman

Amount Raised

$8,020

 

401% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Betsy Beaumon

Amount Raised

$1,750

Fundraiser Title

Kristina Pappas

Amount Raised

$700

Donor Comments

Lawrence A. Scadden

Lawrence A. Scadden

DONATION: $2,000

4 years ago

Donna McNear

Donna McNear

DONATION: $25

Go team 4 years ago

Betsy Beaumon

Betsy Beaumon

DONATION: $200

Thanks to our amazing, dedicated staff at Benetech! 4 years ago

Lara Rondberg

Lara Rondberg

4 years ago

Donna Barrigan

Donna Barrigan

DONATION: $2,000

4 years ago

Jane Poole

Jane Poole

4 years ago

cristina yoon

cristina yoon

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Mamie Starr

Mamie Starr

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Betsy Beaumon

Betsy Beaumon

DONATION: $100

A tribute to the great teachers all over the world, and the huge difference they make! 4 years ago

Betsy Beaumon

Betsy Beaumon

DONATION: $100

A tribute to our over 300,000 amazing Bookshare users! You inspire me every day. 4 years ago