The Benetech Initiative is a Silicon Valley nonprofit that develops technology projects addressing major social problems in areas such as disability, human rights, literacy, education, and the digital divide. Its purpose is to use the high technology enterprise model to address pressing social problems. Many technologies have compelling social applications that are not developed because such efforts do not meet investors' financial expectations. Benetech specifically pursues endeavors with a strong social, rather than financial, return on investment, bringing commercial technology and private sector management techniques to bear in creating innovative, nontraditional solutions to problems ranging from literacy to human rights.
The Martus Project was funded by a major grant from the Information Program of the Open Society Institute, as well as by individual donors and the Benetech Initiative itself. – less–ZoomInfo