In 1989, Benetech was born with a business model intended to keep costs low for users, and the organization quickly became the largest maker of affordable reading systems for the blind. In 2000, Jim Fruchterman decided to sell the reading machine product line to a for-profit company and reinvest the money from the sale to expand Benetech to new frontiers of social good.

Today, Benetech continues to be a different kind of tech company—a nonprofit—with a pure focus on developing technology for the social good. More than two decades after our founding, Benetech has grown to include multiple program areas and initiatives that provide technology to improve—even transform—the lives of people all across the world.