Celebrating Giving Tuesday with Mary’s Meals

Celebrating Giving Tuesday with Mary’s Meals

This Giving Tuesday, we would like to highlight the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals who are the deserving recipient of our first Pledge 1% campaign.

New Verve Consulting is proud to have taken the pledge as part of the global movement Pledge 1% in order to give back to the local community by sharing our skills and giving our time. We chose the Scottish charity, Mary’s Meals as the recipient of our first Pledge 1% campaign and we are able to help them make a difference by committing up to 2 days per month for free to assist them in evolving their Atlassian solution.

Upon hearing about our pledge, Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow said:

“This is wonderful news. We are so grateful for the kindness of organisations who give their support to Mary’s Meals and help us reach more children with daily school meals. Thank you to New Verve and Pledge 1%.”

The mission of Mary’s Meals is simple – to provide hungry children in some of the world’s poorest communities with a nutritious daily meal in their place of education. The promise of food encourages children back into the classroom so that they can continue learning and have the hope of a much brighter future.

Currently Mary’s Meals feeds an incredible 2,058,099 children every school day in 20 countries from Haiti to India, often working in the most challenging of conditions and environments. Mary’s Meals is a low-cost charity and spends at least 93% of donations on charitable activities.

As an Atlassian Solution Partner, we work directly with the Mary’s Meals Glasgow office IT team and assisted them in introducing Atlassian tools like Jira Service Management and Confluence to help streamline their internal service desk. Our work with them includes consulting and training on products. Our solutions and services help Mary’s Meals to efficiently offer their global support service and to manage the delivery of project work with third-party suppliers. You can read more about the technical solution we created with them in our case study.

Mary’s Meals was also the charity sponsor for our event New Verve presents Atlassian in Scotland 2020 Webinar Series and their Infrastructure and Operations Manager, Stephen Neil was one of our speakers. You can watch his presentation here.

As you can imagine, it is vital that Mary’s Meals kept their costs as low as possible which is why our Pledge 1% campaign has been such an important benefit for them! As part of our Pledge 1% commitment, we gave 24 days of our time (£20,000) for free to Mary’s Meals since 2020. This has meant they’re able to provide high quality and efficient IT support while maintaining a low budget and ensuring their money is better spent elsewhere in the charity. Mary’s Meals Infrastructure and Operations Manager, Stephen Neil was delighted with our efforts and said:

“Our experience of working with New Verve has been incredibly positive. From initial engagement they took time to understand our organisation, its aims, objectives, structure and processes so that they could become a valuable partner to us in delivering consulting and services.”

After the success of our first Pledge 1% partnership, we are now looking to expand our commitment and involve more of our team in the initiative. Pledge 1% has solidified itself as a key part of New Verve’s strategy and has enabled us to integrate giving back into our culture and values.


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