Last year, our ‘First Names’ in Switzerland were asked for a quote to provide support services to international charity Room to Read. Seizing the opportunity to help a great cause, the team chose to offer their services pro bono.
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organisations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children. They also support girls in particular to complete secondary school, equipped with life skills to help them succeed in education and beyond.
Led by director Freddy Meyer and senior trust officer Andrea Ehrbar, the First Names team have supported the London and Swiss branch of Room to Read with a range of services including a change of registered address, change of board members, change of bank account signatories, bank liaison, administration in respect of an employment termination, assistance with the recruitment and onboarding of a new staff member, as well as ongoing administrative support.
Speaking about the pro-bono work provided by First Names Group, Freddy Meyer commented:
“The person who’d been taking care of their administration was retiring and they needed help. We saw this as a fantastic opportunity to give something back to a truly worthy cause. Aside from a nominal fee for the registered address, we gave our time for free and were very happy to do so. We’ve also provided support to the charity’s new staff member to ensure a smooth transition for Room to Read.”
Michelle Cuttler, Senior Legal Counsel for Room to Read, said:
“Freddy and Andrea jumped in to help us regarding a matter that was very important to our organisation, which was both time sensitive and document intensive. Their advice was client-focused, efficient and practical, and they proved to be execution experts seasoned with local knowledge. They saved us time and money, for which we remain grateful. Moreover, they are nice to work with, patient and friendly. We were so impressed by their professionalism and responsiveness that we’ve engaged them to help us long-term with our needs in Switzerland. I highly recommend this team.”