State of the Union December 2019

Political Updates

Great News!

On December 3rd, the End Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Act (H.R. 3460) passed in the House of Representatives! But our work on this bill isn’t over. Now, let’s turn our attention to the Senate to get this legislation across the finish line. Let your Senators know the importance of scaling up USAID’s NTD Program to control and/or eliminate global NTDs.

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in November: 31
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 729
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in November: 4,488
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2019: 95,242
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in November: 99%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Lisa Drabkin met with Rep. Brad Sherman’s (D-CA-30th) District Director, Scott Abrams.

Content Team member Susan Niz met with Katy Von Rosenberg, Regional Director and Service Academy Coordinator for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

Warren’s Address

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


Content Team Updates

Whilst the majority of our website visitors and article readers are from the U.S., you might be surprised by some of the other nations in the top 10:



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

      • Big Kahuna Award (raised $5,000 or more): Sophia Wanyonyi, Content Team member
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Lauren Householder, HR Team member; Louisa Whitaker, Political Affairs Team member
      • President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Susan Niz, Content Team member; Angus Gracey, Political Affairs Team member
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Jacob Lang, Political Affairs Team member; Anisha Jintoorkar, Political Affairs Team member
      • Article of the Month: One Day’s Wages Can Fight Global Poverty by Jordan Miller

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

Getting the Word Out

Content Team member Trey Ross

Take action now! Political Affairs Team member Callaway Louck shared the image to her Instagram: “You elected them, now it’s your job to let your Congressional leaders know what issues are most important to you. Email Congress today!”


One-Mile Campaigns

Content Team member Andrea Duleux posted Borgen Project flyers in Madrid, Spain!

Political Affairs Team member Cynthia Jaimes in College Station, TX

PR/Marketing Team member Venus Nguyen

Political Affairs Team member Michelle Dickson and her dog Dixie during her 1-mile campaign in Washington D.C.

Political Affairs Team member Defne Ersoy during her 1-mile campaign in Los Angeles, CA

Political Affairs Team member Isabelle Pinzon in Knoxville, TN

Political Affairs Team member Grace Dean in Los Angeles, CA



Political Affairs Team member Irma Crawford held a swarm in Central Park!

Political Affairs Team member Louisa Whitaker created a swarm at work and mobilized people to call Congress.


Letters to the Editor


Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team


Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Political Affairs Team member Taylor Swift

PR/Marketing Team member Jeanne Alix created a series of flyers for her branding campaign




Content Team member Janet Abou Elias held a henna and bake sale fundraiser for The Borgen Project with The Arab Student Association at the University of Texas

Content Team member Sophia Wanyonyi held a whiskey party that successfully raised $711 from selling drinks, snacks, and collecting donations


Media Outreach


Political Affairs Team member Mazi Mistry called into C-SPAN: “I was able to talk about The Borgen Project and the atrocities occurring at the Southern border with regards to DACA and the Keep Families Together Act.”