Western Union Foundation Announces First Grant Recipients under Western Union - Our World, Our Family Program



    70 Organizations to Benefit from Nearly $2 Million in Global Grants

    ENGLEWOOD, COLO., October 11 /CNW/ - "Western Union - Our World, Our
Family will help open doors to new opportunities and support global citizens
on their journey to a better life." With those words, Christina Gold,
president and chief executive officer of The Western Union Company, launched
the Western Union Foundation's new signature program: Western Union - Our
World, Our Family. Today, less than one month later, the Western Union
Foundation is proud to announce the first grant recipients under the new
program. Together, more than 70 non-profit organizations will benefit from
nearly $2 million in grants, helping them to assist individuals and families
around the world as they strive to overcome obstacles, rise above limitations
and lay the groundwork for a brighter future.

    Our World Gives

    As part of the new program, the Western Union Foundation is engaging
Western Union employees, Agents and consumers to create global giving circles.
By joining together, these individuals and organizations seek to multiply the
benefits of their contributions, creating greater impact for recipients. In
this grant cycle alone, organizations in Austria, the Philippines, Togo and
the United States have benefited from more than $700,000 in donations from
Western Union Agents. Those donations have been matched dollar-for-dollar by
the Foundation, resulting in more than a million dollars in grants.

    One grant recipient under the Our World Gives program is Global Hunger
Project's African Woman Food Farmer Initiative (AWFFI), empowering rural women
in Ethiopia to increase their incomes and grow more food, moving them and
their families out of the cycle of hunger and poverty.

    Our World Learns

    Our World Learns is dedicated to advancing education in unique ways that
impact not only the individual, but - wherever possible - the entire family.
The Foundation has furthered this mission through contributions to initiatives
like Education is Freedom, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that grants
scholarships to high school seniors who have shown promise and academic
achievement, but who struggle to obtain the financial resources necessary to
attend college.

    In Hong Kong, a contribution to Hope Worldwide will further the
development of a community school program designed to provide academic and
mentoring opportunities to low-income children. In addition, a grant to Costa
Rica's Rahab Foundation will provide computer and life-skills training to
women whose desperate financial hardships have driven them to a life on the
streets.

    Our World Strives

    Our World Strives seeks to provide support in the areas of
entrepreneurship and personal finance. Along with the other elements of the
Western Union - Our World, Our Family program, the Western Union Foundation
sees Our World Strives as a way to increase opportunity for many migrants in
their home countries or wherever they are in the world, helping to make
migration a choice rather than a necessity.

    In Mexico, a donation to Fundacion ProEmpleo Productivo AC will support
training programs designed to teach individuals how to start their own small
businesses. In Gambia, a donation to Friends of Women's World Banking/USA,
Inc. will further the development of a leading microfinance institution
dedicated to advancing the economic well-being of that country's citizens. In
Haiti, donations to the Lambi Fund will help entire communities promote
sustainable development projects that will improve socio-economic conditions
today and for generations to come.

    Our World Speaks

    Our World Speaks seeks to engage global leaders in a dialogue to
encourage an inclusive approach to economic development and issues that impact
migrant communities. Recently, Western Union President and Chief Executive
Officer Christina Gold took a first step at engaging this dialogue in her
speech to the Management Association of the Philippines' International CEO
Conference.

    In her address, Ms. Gold emphasized that migration "is a human rights
issue involving many millions of people. It is a development issue affecting
almost every nation on earth. It is a global finance challenge - and
opportunity - that increasingly will demand the attention of every business
with a global connection - and that is essentially every business there is."
She also drew attention to Western Union's recent commitment of $50 million
over the next five years to the Western Union - Our World, Our Family program.

    However, it is not only CEOs and government leaders who will lead this
important dialogue. Contributions to the U.S.-based Cordillera Presidents
Foundation will bring together leaders from organizations that serve homeless
children in Mexico with agencies that serve similar youth populations in
Denver, Colorado. The goal of the exchange is to discuss best practices and
share ideas on ways to better serve and create opportunities for homeless
youth in both countries. Similarly, a donation to the Human Services Coalition
in Miami, Florida, will promote civic engagement among Haitian and Cuban
immigrants with the long-term goal of making Miami a better place to live for
all residents.

    "The Western Union - Our World, Our Family program allows the Western
Union Foundation to focus its giving efforts in areas that have a tremendous
potential for long-term impact," said Luella Chavez D'Angelo, president, the
Western Union Foundation. "While I have always been proud of the work we do
and the generous support we receive from our corporate sponsor, Western Union,
its employees and its Agents, I believe our new focus provides us with a
roadmap for a brighter future for communities around the world."

    For more information on Western Union - Our World, Our Family or on
individual grants, please visit the Western Union Foundation's Website at
www.westernunion.com/foundation.

    About the Western Union Foundation

    The Western Union Foundation, the charitable organization of Western
Union (NYSE:  WU), supports philanthropic initiatives worldwide. Since its
inception in December 2000, the Foundation has donated over USD$40 million to
help those most in need. Grants are made to non-profit and nongovernmental
organizations to create pathways to opportunity, support cultural inclusion
and foster hope in the developing world. Grants strengthen and improve the
lives of many individuals in communities throughout the world. Scholarships
are given to nontraditional college students. The Foundation also provides
disaster relief funding to communities in need. Additionally, the Foundation
raises money from Western Union employees and business associates to increase
the impact of grantmaking to communities worldwide. Please visit the
Foundation's website at www.westernunion.com/foundation.

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For further information: The Western Union Company Sherry Johnson,
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