State of the Union June 2018
Note from the President: Welcome to summer excitement! When it comes to advocacy this is my favorite time of year. Members of Congress spend the majority of the summer back in their districts meeting with constituents and finding out what issues to focus on. What makes this year extra interesting is the mid-term election in November. All 435 members of the House of Representatives are up for election and 33 out of 100 Senate seats are being voted on. Be sure to focus on candidates as well as current Members of Congress. Many of these candidates will be elected and serving in Congress next year. Below are a handful of items we need everyone doing this summer. Even if you’re not on the political team, you can expand your skillset and participate.
- Lobby Members and Candidates: Beyond the normal channels for setting up a lobbying meeting with Members of Congress, you can also contact the campaigns of candidates and request a meeting.
- Mobilize: It always amazes me the impact 7-10 people emailing a leader can have in getting that leader to support a bill. The more people emailing the more engaged leaders tend to get in fighting global poverty.
- Bird-Dog: Members of Congress hold town halls to talk to constituents and find out what issues are important to them. Attending these and asking them what they’re doing to address global poverty is a highly effective way to put them in the “hot seat” in front of their voters. As always, be polite and know the leader’s background on the issue before the event. Many leaders are doing wonderful work when it comes to fighting poverty and you’ll want to thank them.
- Send Thank-Yous to leaders: If there is anything your Members of Congress have done related to global poverty that you can thank them for, please do (co-sponsored one of our bills). Ideally, send a handwritten note. We hear this frequently from congressional staffers that are friendly to the cause, but leaders really appreciate Thank-Yous and it tends to get them more active on the issue.
– Clint Borgen
- Total # of Lobbying Meetings in May: 71
- Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2018: 373
- Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2018: 560
- Number of Advocacy Emails in May: 8,013
- Advocacy Emails Goal for 2018: 100,000
- % of Congress Emailed in May: 91%
Congressional Office Meetings
PR/Marketing Team member Ani Gevorkian met with her congressional leaders in California at a town hall and through bird-dogging.
Listen to the latest from Warren about the goings-on in D.C.
Content Team Updates
Here are the Top 10 Articles for May on BORGEN Magazine.
HR Team Updates
There is a 96% increase in applicants – May 2017 vs. May 2018.
Professional Development Help
We are pleased to offer professional development help to our interns. To find out more go to: http://borgenteam.org/professional-development-help/
Congratulations to the following team members that have achieved Borgen Project Honors & Recognition.
- Bird-dog Award: Ani Gevorkian, PR/Marketing Team.
- Chief Closer Award: John Davis Williams, Political Affairs Team.
- President’s Circle: Cheyenne Roinestead, Political Affairs Team.
- Public Outreach Award: Annie Goldstein, Political Affairs Team (June 2018) and Emme Arnesen, Political Affairs Team (June 2018).
Visit the Our Team Members page and read about success stories with our organization.
Getting the Word Out
In The News
The Borgen Project was cited this week in Newsweek! Kim Jong Un Stays in Luxury 5-Star Singapore Hotel While His People Starve
Information Events & Group Presentations
Letters to the Editor
Cade Phillips, Political Affairs Team, in the Letters section of ArkansasOnline.
Olivia Booth, Content Team, in The Fairfax County Times – Let’s not be so parochial in our thoughts about foreign aid.
Infographs designed by PR/Marketing Team member Anna Zagorski.
PR/Mktg Team member Grant Yeatts added some additional info to the “What Happens As People Transition Out of Poverty” infograph.
And PR/Mktg Team member Juliana Mangano created an infograph and a poem about The Borgen Project.
Check out photos from Political Affairs Team member Cade Phillips’ fundraising concert at a local coffee shop.
PR/Marketing Team member Jenna Kobular created this flyer for her fundraiser.
Here’s a video created by PR/Mktg Team member Lenna Iskenderian.