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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Western Union Responds to Oklahoma Tornado

The Western Union Foundation today announced support for disaster relief efforts that will help the families and communities impacted by the tornado in Oklahoma.

The Western Union Foundation is an American Red Cross disaster-response partner. The Foundation’s funding is supporting Red Cross immediate response activities in the wake of the disaster, which includes providing shelter, meals and mental health triage for people impacted by the storm, as well as first responders.

To encourage and support employee generosity, Western Union will two-for-one match all employee donations to the Western Union Foundation for Oklahoma tornado disaster-relief efforts. Each employee can donate up to US$25,000 per calendar year.

Western Union is also encouraging its Agents to join together in supporting relief efforts. Under the Western Union Foundation Agent Gift Match program, the Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying Agent contributions to NGOs providing disaster relief support in the impacted region.

Employees and consumers can give online by using the “Donate Now” button at Consumers should select the Oklahoma Tornado Relief option.

Additionally, the Western Union Company has set up a no-fee* Payments contribution account benefitting the American Red Cross. Donors can contribute to relief efforts by making a no-fee* Payments transaction at participating Western Union® Agent locations, directed to the account, up to USD$5,000.

Donors will need to complete the Western Union blue Payments or Quick Pay form, using the company name “American Red Cross” or the code city, “REDCROSS DC.” Please write in, “Tornado Relief” as the account number.

"The tornado in Oklahoma has caused significant damage and loss of life, and we are responding with support and services to assist the relief efforts,” said Western Union Foundation President, Patrick Gaston. “Funds collected through Western Union will help the American Red Cross assist with critical initiatives such as providing food, water and shelter to the families and children most affected by the tornado.”

“We are committed to helping the communities we serve, and our thoughts are with the people of Oklahoma during this time of need. Over the coming weeks we will be working with Western Union Agents, employees and nonprofit partners to help the area recover and rebuild,” concluded Gaston.

*Western Union makes money on the exchange of currencies.

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. 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 committed more than $86.9 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,627 nongovernmental organizations in more than 130 countries and territories. To learn more, visit

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 515,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and approximately 100,000 ATMs. In 2012, The Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million business payments. For more information, visit




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