Room to Read Update: How Tempo Gave Back in 2015

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Not only do we at Tempo develop agile software and solutions for our customers, but we also aim to give back to communities in need and for that we can thank our devoted clients. Tempo is a proud contributor to Room to Read, a non-profit organization founded by John Wood, a former Microsoft executive, and is dedicated to improving literacy and gender equality in education within the developing world, thus empowering children to break out of the cycle of poverty into which they were born.

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We just calculated our Q3 and Q4 starter license sales for 2015 and can proudly announce that the amount exceeded $11,000, bringing the total number for 2015 to nearly $22,500. That being said, Tempo’s total donation counts as $62,000 since our program’s launch in 2010, all thanks to Tempo customers.

According to Room to Read’s estimate, $22,500 has provided one year of literacy, through libraries, books, and teaching programs for more than 450 children in 2015. That means that in total, Tempo’s donation has helped 1,250 children since the program’s launch. We know that this amount is perhaps not considered a lot, but we believe that everything counts and that Tempo’s $10 starter license program can help better the world, one book and donation at a time. 

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The donation comes from Tempo’s Starter Licence Program where proceeds from $10 licenses for JIRA Server go directly to this important cause. The amount is calculated from net proceeds of new license sales and renewals of 10-user licences for Tempo Timesheets, Tempo Planner, and Tempo Folio, and we also donate a matching amount for Tempo Books. Tempo Starter Licences are therefore perfect for smaller teams who want a great project management solution, with the added bonus of contributing towards raising the worldwide literacy rate.

Room to Read’s Astonishing Accomplishments

Room to Read has been working toward a major organizational milestone this year: benefiting 10 million children since their start in 2000. We are so happy for Room to Read as they recently reached this huge goal and can now proudly say that they have influenced 10 million children in both Asia and Africa through education and literacy.

Illiteracy is a gigantic problem worldwide, especially in Asia and Africa. It’s a sad fact that one in seven people on our planet are illiterate and two-thirds of those are women and young girls. One of Room to Read’s biggest challenge has been the fact that 62 million girls are not attending school. Through the organization’s work in the developing world in 2014, 95% of girls’ education program participants remained in school and advanced to the next grade.  

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A Children’s Book in Honor of Tempo Soon to Be Published!

Earlier this year, the Tempo staff was given the opportunity to vote on a country where Room to Read would publish a book in honor of Tempo. Nepal was chosen and soon, the book Mom Became Happy will be distributed in Room to Read libraries in Nepal, of course in Nepali. We can’t wait to see the final results but the book’s front and back cover is ready and it sure looks fantastic. The first print will count 5,000 copies and we hope that the children will benefit greatly from the book – thanks to our customers and of course, Room to Read and education.

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The main challenge in Nepal has been been the tragic fact that 35,000 classrooms were destroyed and 15,000 were damaged in the earthquakes that shook Nepalese lives in April 2015. Luckily, only 7% of the 400 Room to Read classrooms in the earthquake impact district sustained major damage. The earthquake was therefore not able to take away the children’s hope of receiving education and we believe that Tempo’s book will encourage them to continue their journey with the help of literacy and education.

Tempo Also Joined the Pledge 1% Movement in 2015

The year of 2015 was certainly a year full of giving, as we also announced at Atlassian Summit in November that Tempo has joined Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. Founded by Atlassian, Rally and the Salesforce Foundation, Pledge 1% empowers companies to donate 1% of product, 1% of equity, 1% of profit or 1% of employee time to improve communities around the world. Tempo therefore joined a network of more than 500 entrepreneurs and companies across the globe that have committed to philanthropic efforts through the Pledge 1% movement.

Stay tuned for further Pledge 1% and Room to Read updates!

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