The Western Union Foundation announced on Wednesday that it would commit approximately $2 million in the first quarter to nonprofit and non-governmental organizations to support education programs that provide financial and economic opportunities for communities around the world.
The grants, issued through Western Union Foundation’s Education for Better program, are intended to globally increase access to and improve the quality of education.
“Education for Better provides assistance for education programs in key markets, and leverages the strength of The Western Union Company’s global network to achieve a tangible social impact on the communities and customers we serve,” Patrick Gaston, the president of the Western Union Foundation, said. “Our relationships with NGOs around the world are an important part of the Education for Better program, and demonstrate our continued commitment to setting a global framework for financial inclusion and economic development.”
Organizations set to receive grants from the foundation during the first quarter include Teach for All, Kenya Commercial Bank, Eden Social Welfare Foundation in Taiwan, the Institute for International Education, Junior Achievement Ecuador and Pakistan’s SS Educational Trust.
Since the launch of the Education for Better in 2012, the Western Union Foundation has committed more than $9 million through the program to more than 140 organizations in 46 countries.