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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Western Union Foundation!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Western Union Recognized in The Civic 50

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-- The Western Union Company was recognized this week as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

“We’re honored that The Civic 50 has recognized us for the third year in a row,” said Western Union Chief Communications Officer, Luella Chavez D’Angelo. “Western Union is a purpose-driven company that promotes financial inclusion around the world. The Civic 50 awards acknowledge our approach to community engagement, which draws on the full range of our business assets, products and services, along with philanthropy.”

“Corporate civic engagement is on the rise, and it’s being led by the forward-thinking businesses included on The Civic 50 list,” said Neil Bush, Chairman of Points of Light. “We congratulate this year’s Civic 50 and we hope that they continue to inspire greater investments in improving communities through corporate civic engagement.”

Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, conducted the survey in partnership with Bloomberg LP. All companies with $1 billion in revenue or more are invited to apply for The Civic 50.

The Civic 50 survey was developed this year under the guidance of an academic panel of nine experts from leading universities throughout the country. The survey evaluates companies based on several criteria, including how extensively and strategically resources are applied to community engagement, how a community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business functions. Other criteria include how a company supports community engagement through its institutional policies, systems and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business impact of its community engagement program.


 



Monday, November 24, 2014

President's Blog: Join our Million Dollar Global Ebola Challenge

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On November 24, the Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation launched a million-dollar global challenge to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Western Union Foundation is making grants of a total of US$500,000 that will be split evenly between the International Medical Corps and Save the Children. Funds will be used to help support health worker training and medical work to treat and isolate the outbreak, and to help stem the spread of the virus and check its catastrophic impact on children and their families. I invite you to join us in supporting these efforts.

My personal challenge to you is to help us reach the US$1 million mark by joining us in supporting Ebola relief efforts. Western Union will provide a 1:1 match on all charitable donations made to the International Medical Corps and Save the Children to reach the total of US$1 million in support.

As of November 19, 2014, according to the World Health Organization, there were 15,145 cases of Ebola, with 5,420 reported deaths, and the disease is still infecting people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Because of Ebola, schools and businesses are closed. Mobility of people, goods and services is severely restricted. And those who have fortunately escaped the immediate physical impact of Ebola may face severe economic hardship in the months, and even years, ahead.

Ebola is not just a regional issue in West Africa. We have watched as the disease has made a global impact, crossing borders and continents. If left unchecked, the spread of the Ebola virus may prove to be one of the greatest humanitarian and economic crises of our time. Fortunately, we are in a position to help.

Please join me and the Western Union Foundation in supporting Save the Children and the International Medical Corps by making your donation today. More informaton here.