Western Union Foundation and Western Union Agents Donate Up to $400,000 to
Support Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Efforts
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- November 02, 2012
Following through on its commitment to support the communities it serves,
Western Union, through The Western Union Foundation Agent Gift Match Program,
will donate up to USD $400,000 to help support Hurricane Sandy disaster relief
The Western Union Agent Gift Match Program matches one-for-one Agent donations
to eligible nonprofit organizations. To date, Western Union Agent Gift Match
*The Rite Aid Foundation donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross
*Food Lion is accepting customer donations and The Western Union Foundation
will match contributions up to $100,000 benefiting the American Red Cross
The Western Union Foundation will match qualifying Agent donations on a
To help facilitate support between family and friends, Western Union, in
cooperation with its Agents, also has introduced a “Hurricane Sandy” reduced
money transfer fee of $5* when sending up to $1,000 within the U.S. to
Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
The “Hurricane Sandy” reduced fee* program will be available, across
participating Western Union^® Agent locations, starting Friday, November 02,
2012 through Thursday, November 08, 2012.
Other Western Union programs supporting Hurricane Sandy disaster relief
Mobilizing Consumer Giving:
*Western Union is enabling consumers in the U.S. to give to theAmerican
Red Crossas part of a “no transfer fee” program usingthe Western
Union®Quick Collect® or Payments ServiceForm through participating
Western Union®Agent locations across the U.S.
Consumers need to complete the blue form,using "American Red Cross” as the
Pay To recipient; “REDCROSS DC” as the Code City, along with “Hurricane
Relief” in the account field.This consumer-giving option will be available
throughNovember 30, 2012.
Motivating Employee Giving:
*To encourage and support employee philanthropy, Western Union, through The
Western Union Foundation, will matchall employee donations to the
foundation two-for-one for U.S.-based employees.
*Consumers and employees can also give online by using the “Donate Now”
Direct Support through Grantmaking:
*As previously announced, The Western Union Foundation provided an initial
combined grant totaling $75,000 to the American Red Cross, to provide
impacted communities in the U.S. with shelter, food and basic necessities,
and the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies
to support rebuilding efforts in Jamaica and Cuba.
*Western Union also makes money from currency exchange.
TheWestern 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 Unionprovides 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
ofSeptember 30, 2012, theWestern Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded
services were offered through a combined network of approximately 510,000
agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, TheWestern Union
Companycompleted 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide,
moving$81 billion of principal between consumers, and 425 million business
payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
AboutThe Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundationis 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 theWestern
Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, theWestern Union
Foundationworks 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, theWestern Union Foundationhas
awarded more than$81.7 millionin grants to more than 2,551 nongovernmental
organizations in more than 124 countries and territories. To learn more,
Daniel Diaz, +1 (720) 332-5564
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