State of the Union December 2018

Political Updates

Lobbying Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in November: 17
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2018: 720
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2018: 560

Advocacy Emails

  • Number of Advocacy Emails in November: 4,204
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2018: 100,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in November: 98%

Congressional Office Meetings

PR Team member Josh Ranft met with Vanessa Llanas, Regional Representative to Senator Tammy Baldwin (D – WI).

Warren’s Address

Listen to the latest from Warren about the goings-on in D.C.


Content Team Updates

Another record-breaking month for website traffic, amazing work everyone.

Professional Development Help

We are pleased to offer professional development help to our interns. To find out more go to:



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

    • Public Outreach Award: Andrea Arivella, HR Team.
    • Leader Board Award: Julia Torres, HR Team. Julia is now our highest ever fundraiser, raising $4,270 to date!
    • Chief Closer Award: Natasha Malik, Political Affairs Team and Caitlyn Corcoran, PR/Marketing Team.

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

Getting the Word Out

PA Team member Greysi Lopez created a swarm on campus to mobilize people to email their Congressional leaders.

PR/Marketing Team member Elise El Nouchi hosted an information event about TBP.

Content Team member Luis Santos seen giving a presentation to his class about TBP.

PA Team member Stephanie Romero created business cards to give out during her program.

One-Mile Campaigns

PA Team member Claire Jordan had a successful One-Mile Campaign! Claire and her two best friends hung posters downtown and spoke with members of the community about TBP. Afterwards, Claire went to Sen. Deb Fischer’s office and taped posters to telephone poles located outside of her office.

PA Team member Natalie Richards completed her One-Mile Campaign in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Fliers were posted within one-mile of both Rep. David Price and Sen. Thom Tillis’ office. While posting fliers, Natalie met another activist group outside of the Federal Building and had the opportunity to introduce them to TBP.

PA Team member Kevin Fagan printed out 50 fliers to put up in a 1-mile radius around two of his Congressional leaders’ offices. Posters were hung from the office to the nearest coffee shop– a favorite of many Congressional leaders and their staffers. After putting up all 50 posters, Kevin spoke to a few curious folks about emailing Congress. 

PR/Marketing Team member Brigitte Buckholtz posted TBP fliers inside several local businesses for her One-Mile Campaign.

PR/Marketing Team member Josh Ranft made original TBP stickers for his One-Mile Campaign!

PA Team member Noah Bartholomae’s One-Mile Campaign took place in Eugene, Oregon, next to the Lane County Circuit Court where the offices for Rep. Peter DeFazio, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are located. Noah posted fliers at busy intersections to grab the attention of commuters.

PA Team member Timothy James Conway walked around Rep. Peter DeFazio’s office and posted fliers on nearby telephone, power poles and trees. Surrounding the area was the Lane County Elections Office– a perfect high-traffic area. Timothy also visited the EMU at the University of Oregon to post fliers in the Social Science building. 

PA Team member Josue Hernandez Juarez had a fantastic One-Mile Campaign.
“The One-Mile Campaign went really great. It was nice to put up different Borgen Project posters around my school’s campus and spread the word about the organization. I was really excited to spread the word about the organization and hopefully people from my campus reach out and apply to intern for The Borgen Project, so that the word can continue to be spread out about contacting our Congressional leaders, so the U.S. can be more involved to help combat global poverty.”

Letters to the Editor

Megan Todd, Political Affairs Team, in Springfield News-Leader: Helping world’s poor an important and neglected issue
Christina Taylor, PR/Marketing Team, in Fairfax County Times: When we all do better, we all do better
Nakyung Lee, PR/Marketing Team, in Park Slope: Why we need to protect the International Affairs Budget.
Maddie Engledow, Political Affairs Team, in Indy Star: Foreign aid investment will bolster national security measures
Aleksandra Sirakova, Content Team, in The Salt Lake Tribune: U.S. foreign aid is small but powerful

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

An infographic created by PR/Marketing Team member Christina Taylor

PR/Marketing Team member and Regional Director David Fladger created an infographic acknowledging the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PR/Marketing Team member Brigitte Buckholtz’s infographic was featured on Medium: Be the Change: Call Congress

PR/Marketing Team member Fatima Shaban created a Borgen Project flier to pass out at her information event.

HR Team member Julia Torres created a comic strip for her 10 awareness points.

PR/Marketing Team member Elise El Nouche’s infographic shows us how our everyday actions can have an impact.

PR/Marketing Team member Nakyung Lee wants you to take action.


PR/Marketing Team member Brigitte Buckholtz sold handmade soap for her fundraising campaign.


Calling Congress in 30 Seconds with PR Team member Alex Bicknell