Using points to support education across the globe

Giving By Emily Larson April 10, 2017

We have all been touched by the images and stories of refugees who have been displaced from their homes across the globe. At Western Union, we are on a mission to help and believe that access to quality education will be a critical cornerstone to the long-term resolution of this global crisis.

That’s why Western Union has expanded redemption offers for the My WU® rewards program, to empower its members to redeem1 points towards a donation  in support of educational causes important to them. Causes including the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) that provides life-skills and conflict-resolution education for refugees.

WPDI’s approach to training refugees focuses on peace education, life skills, vocational training, and entrepreneurship. Last year, Western Union and the Western Union Foundation announced a three-year collaboration with WPDI that will help provide access to education for 10,000 refugees in Kiryandongo, Uganda.

The My WU program is free to join2 and members earn points on their qualifying transactions. We are proud that within the first few months, more than 5,000 of our members have chosen to redeem1  their points to a cause, over half choosing to support refugees.

Find out more at and stay tuned for news on how our My WU community has made a difference.

*See for all rewards and full terms.. Offer available to Western Union members in the US, France, Germany, Switzerland, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Australia and the Philippines and is limited to the first 10,000 redemptions, for an aggregated total of $20,000 USD, across these countries or until March 31st 2017. This gift may not be tax deductible. WPDI shall use the gift received towards causes that support the education of refugee children across the globe.

2Joining the My WU program is optional. Joining requires e-mail and a mobile number. By joining, you authorize us to send an automated text message to your mobile number with program materials and request consent to send future promotional texts. Consent not required for purchase and may be revoked at any time. Msg & Data Rates Apply. Reply STOP to stop, HELP for help.