State of the Union April 2023

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in March: 5
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 93
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in March: 4,889
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 11,612
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 82%


Updates from DC

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Congratulations to the following team members who have achieved Borgen Project Honors & Recognition

      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):
        • PR/Marketing Team: Carol Beyda
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Paige Seuthe, Joshua Evans, Carolyn Burke, Elizabeth McConaghy
        • Political Affairs Team: Evan Sexton, Charlotte Izadi, Julia-Rose Neff Stanbrook
      • Bird-Dog Award: 
        • Political Team: Nixi Hults, Youn Seong Lee
      • President’s Circle Award (Mobilized 50+ people):
        • Political Team: Evan Sexton, Youn Seong Lee, Dylan Bradley, Mark-David Muego, Dylan DeMatteo, Emma Geoghegan, Mark Collins
      • Articles of the Month: WaterSchool Combats Water Scarcity in Uganda by Evelyn Breitbach

Visit the Our Team Members page and read about success stories with our organization.

Getting the Word Out

Political Affairs Team member, Madison Tomaso’s dog supporting the cause!



Political Affairs Team member, Fawzan Aslam


Information Events

Political Affairs Team member, Cierra Ray spoke at a bingo night in her town about The Borgen Project.

Political Affairs Team member, Nixi Hults gave a presentation at their university


One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

PR/Marketing Team member, Arundhati Sharma, doing some great outreach work in Milan, Italy.

PR/Marketing Team member, Olivia Keer

Political Affairs Team member, Carmen Corrales Alonso with her friends implementing her 1-mile campaign in Irvine, CA

Political Affairs Team member, Hannah Massey




HR Team member, Anusha Kappatta

HR Team member, Kaylia Bailey

PR/Marketing Team member, Carol Beyda

Political Affairs Team member, Mohammed Farrash

HR Team member, Opeyemi Kareem implemented his 1-mile campaign in Bristol, UK

PR/Marketing Team member, Emme Whitehead



Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Preeti Karthikeyan, in Granite Bay, CA


Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

Regional Director




Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Carolyn Burke from Little Eaton, Derbyshire in the UK completed a fantastic fundraising event:

The challenge to raise money for charity can be a daunting one, as not everyone is motivated to part with their cash with a cheeky Facebook ask. But a piece of advice from The Borgen Project – Fundraising 101 sparked an idea, that turned out to be not only productive, but fun too! They said, do something you enjoy AND give people something for their money. What better way to raise awareness, I thought, than to eat, drink and enjoy the company of friends. Remembering how lucky we are and how, by eating together, we can help others to be able to eat together too.  I had recently had the pleasure of having dinner at a friend’s house cooked by a chef called Louisa Ellis and thought perhaps she might do me a deal for charity. Cheeky phone call later and the amazing Louisa had said that she would provide her services free of charge. Yes! Free of charge, so that we could raise money together to help people less fortunate. And so, I invited a group of friends to come to my house to eat, drink and share great conversation…and of course to part with some cash! I asked them to donate what they thought the meal was worth to The Borgen Project via my fundraising page. Now, any chef cooking delicious food would be a treat, but Louisa is not just any chef. She won MasterChef UK in 2020 and was voted best chef of the year in 2022! I wish I could summon up the taste of her food for you on this page; you will have to take my word for it that her mackerel with wasabi emulsion, coriander and lime was delicious, and the Vairhona honeycomb petit fours, actual heaven! I want to thank Louisa from the bottom of my heart. For such a talent to give her time to our charity is honourable; she is truly a gem. We raised over £1,250 for The Borgen Project that evening and I know that money will be used so well, compelling Governments to act and help those that need it. Please join me in thanking Louisa Ellis by following her socials and sharing her talent, she sincerely deserves it.  @cheflouisaellis

HR team member, Sarah Challis held a quiz night on St. Patrick’s Day for her fundraising campaign

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Paige Seuthe abled on UT campus and offered rubix cubes for either donations or calls to Congress

Political Affairs Team member, Matthew Giesecke’s Instagram Bingo fundraiser

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Joshua Evans raised over $1000 by week 2 of his internship and dedicated this video to all his donors

Media Outreach

Political Affairs Team member, Elena Maria Puri

HR Team member, Anusha Kappatta



The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].


Political Affairs Team member, Mohammed Farrash

Political Affiars Team member, Cole Picca

Political Affairs Team member, Becca Wasserman