Since 2001, the Western Union Foundation has made more than 3,000 grants supporting NGOs worldwide
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The Western Union Foundation today announced it has surpassed a major milestone, donating more than US$100 million in support to more than 2,700 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide support to thousands of families and individuals in more than 135 countries and territories.
The Western Union Foundation works with a full spectrum of large global NGOs to small local non-profits and charities worldwide including UNICEF, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, Pratham and others.
From increasing global access to school and improving the quality of education to providing relief and rebuilding efforts for families and communities impacted by disasters worldwide, the Western Union Foundation has supported charitable organizations dedicated to providing a better future for individuals, families and communities throughout the world. (video).
“Western Union is in the business of enhancing the lives of consumers by providing better ways to move money to their family, friends and business partners in more than 200 countries and territories,” said Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO, Western Union. “I am especially proud to celebrate this milestone of the Western Union Foundation with our Western Union Agents, employees and NGO partners that have truly helped the Foundation create a better world.”
Patrick Gaston, president, the Western Union Foundation, added, “We are so proud to celebrate this milestone with organizations that have partnered with us through the years to ensure the Foundation’s contributions are improving the lives of countless individuals worldwide. This remarkable achievement says a great deal about not only the power of partnership with NGOs, small local non-profits, and charities around the world, but the tireless support from the more than 500 Western Union Agents and thousands of Western Union employees who gave their time and money to support our mission.”
In 2013 and 2014, more than 72 percent of all Western Union employees, or 7,580 employees across 53 countries, made a donation to the Western Union Foundation. In addition, the Foundation has partnered with hundreds of Western Union Agents and vendor partners to create a true collaborative partnership instrumental in reaching this milestone.
Education plays a powerful role in changing people’s lives for better – translating into stronger, more resilient communities and economies worldwide. These are the reasons why Western Union and the Western Union Foundation established Education for Better, a three-year commitment to education. Unveiled during the launch of the UN Education First initiative in September 2012, Education for Better leverages Western Union shared value products and services, cause marketing, advocacy, corporate and Western Union Foundation strategic philanthropy, employee engagement, and communications to support secondary and vocational education programs around the world. To date, the Western Union Education for Better, has provided more than US$11.6 million to enhance education efforts for an estimated 500,000 students and teachers worldwide including:
Disaster Relief & Emergency Situations
When a natural disaster strikes and emergencies happen, the Western Union Foundation works with numerous relief organizations to help individuals and families rebuild their lives. To date, the Foundation has supported more than 140 disaster relief operations in 65 countries worldwide, including:
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About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $101.1million in grants and other giving. These funds have been pledged to more than 2,739 nongovernmental organizations in more than 135 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org, or follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.
The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, believes access to financial services is a necessity. Western Union moves money reliably and quickly to almost every country - and we do it for extraordinary people seeking a better life and for businesses that generate jobs and opportunity.
Our business changes lives for the better. So does the Western Union Foundation: since 2001, the Western Union Foundation has awarded more than $101.1 million in grants to more than 2,730 nongovernmental organizations in more than 135 countries and territories..
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