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Friday, March 07, 2014

The Western Union Foundation Celebrates International Women’s Day with US$125,000 Grant to Mercy Corps

Grant will Support the Collaborative Efforts of Mercy Corps and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation as Part of the Western Union Education for Better Program

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — March 7, 2014 — In recognition of International Women’s Day, the Western Union Foundation today announced a grant of USD$125,000 to Mercy Corps.  

The grant from the Western Union Foundation will support the work of Mercy Corps, in collaboration with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), to provide female workers in China with professional development and leadership skills training, which sets the foundation for better life skills, such as budgeting and navigating workplace issues.

The grant is part of the Western Union Foundation’s signature program, Education for Better.  Education for Better is a multi-year commitment from the Western Union Foundation to help meet global education goals by supporting secondary, vocational and life skills training programs that enable financial opportunity for individuals, their families, and their communities.

“Education for Better provides assistance for education programs in key markets, and leverages the strength of The Western Union Company’s global network to achieve a tangible social impact on the communities and customers we serve,” said Patrick Gaston, president of the Western Union Foundation.  “On International Women’s Day, we are pleased to support the work of Mercy Corps and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, as they help inspire the next generation of women in China to achieve their life goals and increase their economic potential.”

Founded in 1979, Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, Mercy Corps partners with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.

Established in 1989, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation supports communities and individuals living in poverty with programs designed to help improve productivity, increase healthcare and other living standards, and facilitate sustainable social development.  Since its founding, the CFPA has raised nearly 900 million Yuan for more than 200 poverty reduction projects, directly helping more than two million poor people across China.

In 2013, the Western Union Foundation committed more than $6.8 million to more than 95 NGOs in 31 countries, facilitating education, professional development and disaster relief programs for individuals, families and communities in need.

Additional information, including the mission and purpose of the Western Union Foundation, can be found at

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 committed more than $93.9 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,708 nongovernmental organizations in more than 133 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity.  To learn more, visit

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