All around the world, the Western Union Foundation is supporting educational opportunities that improve people’s lives and help communities thrive. Check out the videos below to hear directly from the people and organizations we have positively impacted.
Together with the Western Union Company, its employees, Agents and business partners, the Western Union Foundation helps create a better world where the ability to realize dreams through education and economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Foundation grants help people get ahead, lifting up individuals, families and entire communities across the globe. The examples below represent just a sampling of high impact grants through the WU Foundation.
Grants to the U.S.-Mexico Foundation are supporting stronger teacher quality, increasing parent involvement and providing high-impact education programs throughout Mexico – directly benefitting more than 96,000 people.*
Grants to NGOs like Pratham are supporting vocational training centers to help young people find jobs and get ahead. Over a one-year period, more than 350 students gained the skills necessary to join high-growth industries – with more than 90 percent successfully placed in jobs.*
IN THE U.S.
Foundation grants to Colorado-based organizations, including Denver Public Schools, the Denver Center for International Studies, the Community College of Denver and Urban Peak, are helping young people overcome barriers and get ahead by providing them with career development, education and workforce readiness skills.
A Foundation grant to Mercy Corps is helping empower female factory workers. By providing peer training in small group sessions, the project increased awareness and positive behavior change around health, financial literacy, and community integration for approximately 2,200 female factory workers.*
A Foundation grant to the Haitian Education and Leadership Program is providing full scholarships and comprehensive support for university students, who can help fill Haiti’s skills gap, contribute to their communities and serve as role models for other young Haitians.
Foundation grants are helping the Teach for All network of 35 organizations recruit, train and support teachers, and foster ongoing leadership as a force for change – helping improve educational opportunity for financially disadvantaged young people.
From 2012-15, 137 Western Union Agents teamed up with the Foundation through the Agent Giving program – donating funds to support education programs across the globe. Subject to specific criteria, the Foundation may match Agent donations for a greater impact on the beneficiary community.
For example, in 2015 the Western Union Foundation teamed up with 32 Agents and the Western Union Africa team to provide a US$200,000 grant to SOS Children’s Villages. The grant supported education programs in 15 African countries enabling more than 1,000 children to gain the skills they need to achieve a better life.
“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished through the Education for Better program. We’ve opened doors for thousands of people, helping create opportunity that can last for generations to come.”
John Dye, Western Union General Counsel and Chair
Western Union Foundation Board