Western Union

Partner Since 2006

Partnership Overview:

Since 2006, Western Union has donated more than $3 million to support an array of UNICEF’s education and disaster recovery programs. Western Union and Western Union Foundation are proud to team with UNICEF and believe that access to quality education can help promote economic opportunity and financial inclusion for young people and their families. It’s a long term investment. This is why, through the Western Union PASS initiative, part of the Western Union Education for Better program, Western Union teamed up with UNICEF to support the delivery of one million days of education to young people around the world. UNICEF expects to meet this goal by the end of 2015, and to exceed it over the full term of PASS-supported project implementation.

Initiatives, activities, and other ways Western Union has supported the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:

Education for Better

Through Western Union's Education for Better program, the Western Union Foundation supports access to education and vocational training, promote financial literacy and personal finance skills, support small businesses that help create jobs for graduates and equip individuals, families and entire communities with the resources and tools they need to better their lives


PASS initiative: http://www.wu-pass.org/

Through the Western Union Education for Better program, a three-year commitment to education, the Western Union PASS initiative, launched in May 2013, is about harnessing the power of football (soccer) to build awareness of the need for greater investment in education. At the same time, working with UNICEF, the PASS initiative is helping deliver on-the-ground educational support in developing countries, making a positive, lasting difference to young people, their families and their communities.

As the global partner of the UEFA Europa League, Western Union, through its sponsorship of the competition, committed to turning every successful pass into funds for UNICEF to support access to quality education for young people. The PASS initiative aims to support the delivery of one million days of school by the end of 2015. Through the PASS initiative, Western Union has committed to a $1.8 million three-year grant (2013-2016) to support UNICEF education programs in 10 countries with a focus on secondary education, helping young people complete school and have a brighter future. UNICEF is working around the world to improve children's access to a quality education by training teachers, curriculum development, financial literacy, vocational and life skills, as well as school improvements.

In its first year, the partnership focused on supporting education programs in Nigeria, Jamaica and Turkey. Donations for the second year supported UNICEF education programs in Brazil, Senegal, Nigeria, Turkey, China, and Morocco, extending to Colombia and Romania in the third year.

In February 2014, Western Union and UNICEF hosted a media event in Istanbul to promote the PASS initiative in Turkey. The event consisted of a press conference with local Western Union leadership, the head of UNICEF Turkey, and World Cup winner Roberto Carlos. Roberto Carlos was also able to interact, ask questions and play soccer with a group of young people benefitting from UNICEF-supported programs.

In May 2014, Western Union and UNICEF launched the PASS initiative’s support in Senegal with World Cup winner Patrick Vieira at a UNICEF-supported school. Patrick Vieira helped teach a lesson and the played soccer with the students. The visit was accompanied by international media, including CNN.

Click here to learn more about these two visits and the work Western Union and the Western Union Foundation are doing through the PASS Initiative.

Emergency Response

Western Union and the Western Union Foundation are also supporters of UNICEF’s emergency response. They supported UNICEF's critical efforts to rebuild and improve Haiti’s education system following the devastating earthquake in 2010 with a $600,000 grant, as well as emergencies in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Syria with more than $300,000 between 2007 and 2014.