11 Greatest Tech Charities
#5 The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman as a champion of public support of space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial. It is a non-government, nonprofit organization supported by more than forty thousand members; anyone can join. It is involved in research and engineering projects related to astronomy, planetary science, exploration, public outreach, and political advocacy. The Society is dedicated to the exploration of the Solar System, the search for Near Earth Objects, and the search for extraterrestrial life.
Benetech was founded in 1989 by high technology entrepreneur Jim Fruchterman in Palo Alto, California. It is a not-for-profit social enterprise organization, it creates technology social ventures, such as Bookshare (providing e-books to people with print disabilities), the Route 66 Literacy Project, the Miradi environmental project management software, Martus (human rights abuse reporting), and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, which provided statistical evidence in the trial of Slobodan Milosovic. During the period 1989-2000, over 35,000 reading machines were sold in sixty countries, reading twelve different languages.