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Western Union responds to devastating floods and mudslides in the Philippines

In response to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Washi in the Southern Philippines, we have launched a comprehensive effort to speed relief to survivors. More than 1,000 people have died, many are missing and thousands have been affected, including several of our Agents and their employees – some of whom have lost family members.

Employee Giving:Colleagues wishing to give can click “Donate Now” at the top of the Foundation website ( and select “Philippines 2011 Washi Flooding Disaster.” The Foundation will match donations (designated to the Philippines Red Cross) two-to-one for U.S. employees and three-to-one for employees outside the U.S., up to $100,000 per employee.

Grantmaking:The Foundation committed $30,000 to help the Philippines Red Cross provide basic necessities such as safe drinking water, food and blankets. We also activated the Agent Gift Match Program with three Agents in the Philippines: Petnet Incorporated, Universal Storefront Services Corporation and eBusiness Services, Inc. who donated $23,000, $2,000 and $10,000, respectively, for a total of $35,000. When matched one-to-one by Western Union, and combined with the Foundation’s direct grant, the total contribution to the Philippines Red Cross is $100,000.

Consumer Giving: We’ve activated a zero-fee payment contribution service directed to the Philippines Red Cross. Contributions up to $5,000 can be accepted globally, from now through January 30, 2012, at participating Agent locations equipped with our Quick Pay, Quick Collect, or Payments service (Blue Form). The “Pay To” should be identified as WESTERN UNION FOUNDATION, Code City identified as WUFOUNDATIONCO and Account # identified as PHILIPPINES. The Foundation doesn’t charge any overhead/administration fees, so all contributions go directly to the Philippines Red Cross.Please help spread the word!

“We are deeply saddened by the magnitude of human suffering caused by this natural disaster,” said Patricia Riingen, SVP, Pacific and Indochina. “We are moving quickly to determine how we can best assist our Agents, their local communities and their employees, some of whom have been directly impacted by this record storm. We’re also looking to leverage the unique combination of our Agent network, consumer relationships, compassionate employees and the resources of the Foundation to provide broad-based aid during these most trying circumstances.”

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