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A donation is worth a thousand words: Tempo's Room to Read starter license program

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 aimed at improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.

Recently, we revealed our Q1 and Q2 starter license sales for this year and are extremely proud to say that the amount exceeded $11,300, with the help of our loyal customers. This brings our total donations to more than $50,000 since our program's launch in 2010, all thanks to those who purchased our 10-user starter licenses.

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, and at the same time, contribute towards raising the worldwide literacy rate.


Tempo is honored to contribute to such an aspiring organization that among other things focuses on empowering women by providing them with much-needed academic opportunities. Here are some facts about the worldwide literacy problem to give you the bigger picture:

  • About 800 million of the world’s population, or 1 in 7 adults, cannot read or write.
  • Two-thirds of those are women.
  • Over 300 million children lack basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills.
  • Extremely low literacy rates are mainly focused in three regions: South Asia, West Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The global literacy rate for all people aged 15 and over is 84.1%.
  • The literacy rate for all males is 88.6% and the rate for all females is considerably lower, or 79.7%.
  • Literate women induce stronger per capita income growth and lower infant mortality rates.
  • A child born to a literate woman is twice as likely to survive past age five.

To address these issues, Room to Read donations have been used to:

  • Increase reading fluency which is higher among Room to Read students than in comparable schools.
  • Include more than 30,000 girls in their Girls’ Education Program.
  • Increase the rate of girls who continue with their education, e.g. 72% of graduates of the Girls’ Education have continued on tertiary education.
  • Help and encourage children to read for fun.
  • Benefit 9.7 million children and their education.
  • Establish more than 17,500 libraries worldwide.
  • Build about 2,000 schools in Africa and Asia.
  • Distribute 16 million books globally.

We are extremely thankful to our customers and users and awed by the success of the program. We also hope that the young children that benefit from the Room to Read program and our donations will want to work in tech one day, and draw inspiration from our very own team. It is Tempo’s wish and goal to help reduce the gender gap in the tech industry — after all, the world’s next medical breakthrough or game-changing software development could be lurking in the mind of a young child locked in a daily struggle to feed his or her family.

This is a difficult assignment but we believe that it is achievable through education and enlightenment to those who need it, regardless of gender, class, sexuality, religion, or ethnicity.

Here is a short video from Room to Read which demonstrates perfectly how education can change lives to the better.