State of the Union May 2018

District Work Periods:  May 25th through June 1st

The May recess is the perfect time to schedule meetings with your congressional leaders, since they will be back from D.C. and in their home district and state.  For all team members who are required to lobby during the program, please schedule meetings with your leaders or members of their staff either by personal appointment or via phone meeting.

Let’s get our lobbying efforts doubled this year!

Remember to email [email protected] and cc your Team Manager with your report.

Top Priority Bills in the House of Representatives

Top Priority Bills in the Senate

Political Updates

Lobbying Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in April:  74
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2018:  302 – Within just the first quarter of this year, we are already 53% of the way to our 2018 goal!
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2018:  560

Advocacy Emails

  • Number of Advocacy Emails in April:  5,095
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2018:  100,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in April:  86%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Courtney Yorks with Representative Pramila Jayapal (D – WA 7th).


Warren’s Address

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


Content Team Updates

In April we had our single biggest increase in web traffic… 58,000 more people visited the website in April than in March!!! More than 434,000 people visited We’re already at 1.4 million total visitors this year.  Great work everyone!


Here are the Top 10 Articles for April on BORGEN Magazine.


HR Team Updates

There is a 50% increase in applicants – April 2017 vs. April 2018.

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.

  • Bird-Dog Award:  Alexander Klein, Political Affairs Team (May 2018) and Courtney Yorks, Political Affairs Team (May 2018).
  • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):  Lea Sacca, Content Team (April 2018).
  • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  Mikayla Werner, HR Team (May 2018).

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


Getting the Word Out

Editor in Chief Brendan McBryde was featured in The Hill for his piece – Rethinking how we handle development finance.


Letters to the Editor

Barak BenYehuda, PR/Marketing Team, in The Record – Opinion:  Email your government officials to enact real change in global poverty.

Joel Anderson, Political Affairs Team, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Congress must continue to protect and fight for foreign aid.

Sarah Chocron, Advocate, in The Wichita Eagle – Enhancing Kansas exports.

Tyler Quinn Fiske, Political Affairs Team, in The Frederick News-Post – Looking at foreign aid differently.



Here are some of the fliers designed by our team members.

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Created by PR/Marketing Team member Bora Yang



Created by Political Affairs Team member Hagar Hafez.



Created by PR/Marketing Team member Kelley O’Conor Morgan.




Check out Political Affairs Team member Matt Smeriglio’s video about his upcoming Borgen Project fundraiser.

View the video by clicking here.


Here are images from PR/Marketing Team member Kelly O’Conor Morgan’s fundraising campaign.

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Matt Smeriglio, Political Affairs Team member, created another great video. This one is about emailing Congress.

View the video by clicking here.