Greetings from Patrick Gaston, President, Western Union Foundation
It is with great pleasure that I write this first blog post to you as the new President of the Western Union Foundation. Everything happens for a reason and I believe that my background, past experience and future relationships with each and every one of you, will help us make an even greater difference in the lives of people around the world.
One of the key reasons why I joined the Foundation is that, by the very nature of its business, Western Union helps make life better for people across the globe. I experienced this firsthand – as someone who came to the U.S. from Haiti and whose family relied on Western Union. Remittances created economic opportunity for us, and ultimately helped me further my education. It’s this, combined with the company’s global presence, brand, and emphasis on shared value, that powerfully supports the Foundation and our mission to better the lives of individuals, families and entire communities though sustainable projects and programs.
Later this month, you’ll hear more about the Foundation’s work over the past year, as well as the success of Western Union’s Our World, Our Family® program – that over a five-year period positively touched the lives of more than 5 million people. We are extremely proud of these achievements, but also know that the work doesn’t end there. There are millions more out there who, with our support, will be able to look toward a brighter future. We can help make this happen by continuing to find more effective ways to engage our Foundation partners and Western Union customers and Agents to help strengthen communities by creating educational and economic opportunity when and where it is needed most.
As we begin to write the next chapter for the Western Union Foundation, I and my team will be looking to many of you for ideas and inspiration. I am eager to get to know you and am certain, that together, we will continue to build on the legacy of the Foundation – creating sustainable economic opportunity for the people most in need across the globe.