How Western Union Approaches Disaster Response

Asialee (Asia) Drews, Programs and Grantmaking, Western Union Foundation


Asia Drews oversees programs and grantmaking at the Western Union Foundation. Since July 2018, she has managed the Foundation’s disaster relief grantmaking portfolio and funded more than 30 global crises, including the Foundation’s 2020 COVID-19 $1 million plus global response. The Western Union Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Western Union and is a 501(c)3 entity separate from the company. While it is a separate organization, the Foundation’s mission to provide skills training and education to forcibly displaced individuals and youth aligns well with Western’s Union’s global business. “Our disaster response grantmaking strategy meets at the intersection where Western Union customers and employees live and work and where the most vulnerable populations live, including top host countries for migrants and refugees,” Asia explained. “One major reason that individuals are forcibly displaced is due to natural disasters and crises. We provide funding to support immediate relief and sustainable rebuilding for communities in crisis so they can build the resilience needed to recover and access economic opportunity and education.”

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B:CIVIC Summit 2020 Recap

Thank you to all who joined us on Oct. 22, 2020 for (Re)Define, B:CIVIC’s first virtual Summit. During a year of uncertainty, we are in awe, as almost 350 speakers and attendees from across the country engaged virtually to focus on the elevating business for good.

If you attended the Summit, all recordings can be accessed through the platform until Oct. 2021. If you missed the day, you can view the recap to learn more about our speakers, highlights from the day, our sponsors and committee members.

Congrats to the Civic 50 Colorado Honorees!


The Civic 50 Colorado recognizes the most community-minded companies in our state. These companies have shown excellence in making corporate citizenship a part of their business in order to make substantive contributions to our community. Please join us in congratulating our 2020 honorees.

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Listen and Learn to Create an Inclusive Community

A Message from B:CIVIC and Leadership Foundation

We can only have a vibrant community for all when we are inclusive. At the Leadership Foundation and B:CIVIC, we recognize that we have a responsibility to invest in building racial equity and to support our community of leaders in being agents of change. We’re committed to becoming an organization that is more anti-racist and we’re committed to creating a sustained effort to support the necessary behavior and systems changes so all leaders are equipped with the tools to be inclusive.

We know that we haven’t done enough in the past and that we can learn from it. In the spirit of transparency, we want to bring you along on our journey as we listen, learn and gather feedback from our community.

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