The Western Union Company
today announced a multi-faceted program to provide support for disaster-relief efforts for the families and communities most affected by
flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia
The program includes grant funding from The Western Union Foundation, as well as Western Union
employee and retail Agent giving elements.
International Consumer Activation
In the United States, Western Union has set up a no-fee Payments contribution account benefiting the
American Red Cross
to support international relief efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Donors in the United States can contribute by making a no-fee Payments transaction at
, directed to the account, up to US$5,000.
Western Union Foundation Grant Activity
The Western Union Foundation is making a grant of US$75,000 to the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
to support the organization’s immediate response activities in the region, which include providing emergency materials, shelter, meals and water to disaster victims.
Employee and Agent Activation
To encourage and support additional philanthropy, through May 30, 2014, The Western Union Foundation will match qualifying Western Union employee donations to the Foundation’s
Flooding Disaster Relief Fund
, which benefits the IFRC’s efforts in the Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
Western Union is also encouraging its Agents and business partners to join together in supporting relief efforts. Under the Western Union Foundation Business Partner Giving program, the Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying Agent contributions to NGOs that provide disaster-relief support in the impacted region.
“The flooding throughout this region is the worst in the area in more than 100 years, with reports that thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and of billions of dollars in property damage. Western Union is responding with support for relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, including programs that provide meals, water and emergency materials to the families and children most affected by the flooding in the region,” said Patrick Gaston, president of The Western Union Foundation.