Western Union Foundation Donates Funds in 19 Countries to Drive Economic Opportunity Through Western Union’s Our World, Our FamilySM Signature Cause Program

Western Union Foundation Donates Funds in 19 Countries to Drive Economic Opportunity Through Western Union’s Our World, Our FamilySM Signature Cause Program

Latest Grant Boosts the Foundation’s Total 2008 Commitment to $9.1 Million, A Sixty-Seven Percent Increase in Grants Paid from 2007

DENVER, Feb 12, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — To help migrants and their families overcome economic barriers, the Western Union Foundation recently donated $2 million to communities in 19 countries through the Our World, Our FamilySM signature cause program, culminating in $9.1 million in grant monies awarded in 2008 and marking a 67 percent increase in grants paid from 2007.

“The Western Union Foundation strives to foster hope among our global migrant communities by creating pathways to economic opportunity and supporting cultural inclusion,” said Luella Chavez D’Angelo, president of Western Union Foundation. “By focusing our giving under the Our World, Our Family program, we move closer toward our goal of long-term global impact. As we continue our support in 2009, we are proud and humbled that our grants are improving the lives of individuals throughout the world.”

In 2008, the Western Union Foundation awarded grants to 276 organizations in more than 75 countries and territories, supporting causes from natural disaster relief to fostering educational opportunities in communities around the world. Giving in 2008 focused on disaster relief grants, direct donations to non-governmental organizations and Agent Giving Circle grants or direct donations from its Agents worldwide.

One component of the recent $2 million donation was the Agent Giving Circle program. Western Union Agents from around the world teamed together with the Western Union Foundation to create 35 Agent Giving Circle grants under Our World, Our Family. Each time an Agent makes a donation, the Western Union Foundation matches it one-for-one to benefit mutually agreed upon non-profit organizations, amplifying the efforts of the Foundation’s impact on communities.

“Western Union Agents are the face and voice of Western Union and are well-placed to appreciate and understand the needs of their local communities,” said D’Angelo. “The Agent Giving Circle grants are a powerful tool for working together so Agents can bolster economic support to the many individuals they serve.”

Western Union’s Our World, Our FamilySM program is a five-year, $50 million signature program designed to provide communities with the skills, knowledge and resources essential to breaking the cycle of poverty. The program is framed around four areas: Our World Gives; Our World Learns; Our World Strives and Our World Speaks. Through grant awards, each program area is given equal attention towards helping families across the globe continue stay connected, overcome barriers and realize their dreams.

Below is the list of 35 Agent Giving Circle grants and their impact on 19 countries:

Afghanistan: Kabul Bank is helping to fund educational facilities for children

Belize: Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry is providing funding for flood relief assistance

Botswana: Boitekanelo is helping support preschool children by providing language training

Croatia: Croatian Post, Inc. is providing funding to help with educational and life-training skills to orphaned teens

Egypt: International Business Associates is providing funding for college scholarships for low-income students

Indonesia: Goffin Change is giving support to help provide access to basic services for those living in low-income settlements

Ireland: Fexco is helping support education and helping the needy in Malawi, Honduras, Guatemala and Ireland

Italy: Angelo Costa is helping provide financial education to disadvantaged individuals and families

Kenya: Kenya Postbank, Diamond Trust Bank-Kenya, Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank Limited and Bank of Africa teamed together to provide funding for desks for primary schools in eight Kenyan provinces

Kuwait: Al Muzaini Exchange is helping fund educational programs for disadvantaged youth

Lebanon: OMT funding is providing educational support to children deprived of their parents’ care

Madagascar: Caisse D’Epargne De Madagascar, BFV Societe General, Paositra Malagasy and BOA gave funds to help improve the status of needy women and children

Nepal: Hulas Remittance Private Ltd. funding is helping to reconstruct a rural village school; Nabil Bank Ltd. is supporting educational opportunities for underprivileged students and providing funding to a shelter for homeless children

Pakistan: Zarco Exchange Company is helping improve the lives of the poor by providing funding for a microfinance program

Senegal: BIMAO, CBAO, Ecobank Senegal, La Poste Senegal, SGBS, BICIS, Bank of Africa Senegal, Banque Regionale de Solidarite Senegal and Postefinances Senegal, are teaming together to provide educational support of orphaned children and young women in need

Tanzania: Tanzania Postal Bank Ltd, Diamond Trust Bank Uganda, Kenya Commercial Bank (TZ) Ltd and Bank of Africa are pooling their funds to provide much needed desks to primary schools and an orphanage, housing over 700 children

Uganda: Barclays Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Crane Bank Ltd, Centenary Bank Ltd and Post Bank Uganda Ltd. pooled funds will help provide desks and chairs to schools with high populations of displaced children

UAE: UAE Exchange Centre LLC is funding preventive educational services to migrant populations


Midwest: Barr Management is supporting a variety of educational programs for Illinois youth.

Southeast: Bi-Lo Supermarkets LLC is supporting education and hunger relief to children in four Southeastern U.S. states; Greater Orlando Merchant’s Association is providing support to help raise awareness and funds for self-help programs for disadvantaged communities in the developing world

South: Brookshire Brothers is supporting after school programs for East Texas youth; Food Lion is helping support after school activities and meals for low income children; and H-E-B is helping fund the Hill Learning Center in Texas.

West: California Check Cashing Stores, LLC is helping fund family reading nights in Oakland; Viet Wah Supermarket is helping support educational activities at a Chinese school in Seattle, Washington; and US Best PC is supporting a Chinese education program in Denver.

For more information on Western Union’s Our World, Our Familysm program or on individual grants, please visit the Western Union Foundation website at foundation.westernunion.com.

About the Western Union Foundation

Through the donations of The Western Union Company, its employees and Agents, the Western Union Foundation helps to fund programs that create economic opportunity around the world. Embracing the truly global nature of its corporate sponsor, the Western Union Foundation has granted over $52 million to more than 1,750 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in 75 countries. Its signature giving program, Western Union’s Our World, Our FamilySM, is a $50 million, five-year commitment reaching people at every rung of the economic ladder. Through Our World, Our Family, the Western Union Foundation is helping migrants and their families stay connected, overcome barriers and realize their dreams.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is a leader in global money transfer services. Together with its Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded money transfer services, Western Union provides consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and purchase money orders. It operates through a combined network of more than 365,000 Agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories. Famous for its pioneering telegraph services, the original Western Union dates back to 1851. For more information, visit www.WesternUnion.com.

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