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Ideagen Ideas Leader - Exclusive Interview with Western Union's Patrick Gaston

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Patrick Gaston is President of the Western Union Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Western Union Company. In this position, he is responsible for the development of a global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Philanthropic strategy with impact throughout the globe. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has committed more than $86.9 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,627 nongovernmental organizations in more than 130 countries and territories, through a variety of grantmaking programs including:

  • Business Partner Engagements, enabling Western Union employees, Agents and others to pool funds for greater social and economic impact
  • Education, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and Economic development
  • Corporate/Community Employee Engagement  

Before joining the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Patrick Gaston was President of the Verizon Foundation, one of the 15 largest corporate foundations in America, overseeing an annual budget of $75 million and a corpus of approximately $600 million. He was responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant making and initiatives in the foundation's areas of education and literacy, family safety and health and employee volunteerism. 

Patrick also serves on a number of national non-profit boards including the NAACP Board of Trustees, Intersections International, America's Charities, and The World Institute on Disability's Center on Economic Growth.

Patrick was raised in Haiti, Montreal, Canada and Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in management from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. Additionally, he earned an International Certificate in Business from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Reims, France. 

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