State of the Union May 2019

Political Updates


Lobbying Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in April: 32
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 108
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775

Advocacy Emails

  • Number of Advocacy Emails in April: 6,430
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in April: 82%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Brianna Bennett had a successful meeting with Christina Whitehouse, District Representative to Rep. Rob Whittman (R-VA-1st), to discuss the International Affairs Budget.

Leroy Adams (left), a Borgen Project Content Team member, met with Brandon Kennedy, field representative to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35th), at the San Antonio office to discuss the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.

Regional Director Moise Dzogolo (left) secured a meeting with Rep. Marshall Wright (D-AR-2nd). Great work, Moise!

In April, Regional Director Jim Muench met with Ben Fry, State Director for Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).

Regional Director Neha Maharjan met with Todd Martin and Rhett Gumm from Rep. Kenny Marchant’s (R-TX-24th) office.

Political Affairs Team member Mason Inumerable secured a meeting with a staffer to Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41st).

Warren’s Address

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


Content Team Updates

Ever wonder where your readers are? Here are the readers of BORGEN Magazine, by country, for April:


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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Mika Brouillette and Taylor Clarida, Political Affairs Team
      • President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Karan Patel, Tristana Leist, Rachel Schmidt and Yona Andrews from the PA Team
      • Public Outreach Award (30 or more people mobilized): Gage Parks, Political Affairs Team
      • Article of the Month: Holly Barsham, Content Team, covered the importance of foreign aid to Central America

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

Getting the Word Out

A great way to spread the word about global poverty while engaging with members of your community is to hold a tabling event. Political Affairs Team member Brianna Bennett scheduled a tabling session with a university’s career service office and spoke to student’s about internship and volunteer opportunities with TBP.

Brianna also made an appearance at a rotary event in Richmond, Virginia.

Content Team member Farihah Tasneem passed out flyers around her neighborhood to promote TBP.

Political Affairs Team member Tristana Leist held a presentation at the Spokane Aurora Rotary Club in Washington State.
Political Affairs Team member David Sar giving a presentation to his class.
We are global! PR Team member Cindia Escalante posted Borgen Project stickers in Spain.

One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team member Jila Matos completed her One-Mile Campaign in New Jersey!

PR Team member Chelsea Hartnett is ready to complete her One-Mile Campaign!

Political Affairs Team member Pamela Khawam completed her One-Mile Campaign in downtown St. Petersburg, FL.

PR Team member Malaurie Lasserre completed her One-Mile Campaign in Saint Petersburg, Russia!

Political Affairs Team member Yona Andrews pictured ready to begin her One-Mile Campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Clement Upton posted fliers around his neighborhood.

Political Affairs Team member Matthew Svancara is ready to pass out fliers!

Political Affairs Team member Ana María Sierra used a variety of fliers for her One-Mile Campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Emmaleigh Utter and her cat made a visit to a popular nearby lake. Emmaleigh chalked a part of the trail and provided handouts to anyone who stopped to talk and say hi to her and her cat.

A little rain didn’t stop Political Affairs Team members Jason Andreacchio and Nivedan Dharmavaram from completing their One-Mile Campaigns!

PR Team member Kate McKinney says, “It’s time to take action for the impoverished.”

What is a swarm? Swarms are when multiple people email or call a Congressional leader on the same issue, which is exactly what Political Affairs Team member Jason Andreacchio did! Jason created a swarm by having 29 students call their congressional leaders throughout the school day. His family even joined in on the fun.


Political Affairs Team member Yona Andrews created a meme for TBP.

Letters to the Editor

Kylee Dostie, Political Affairs Team, in The Daily Campus: Foreign aid is good aid

Brianna Bennett, Political Affairs Team, in the Daily Press: Connections ease poverty

Olivia Causse, PR Team, in The Salt Lake Tribune: Letter: America should spend more money on foreign aid & in the Deseret News: Letter: Americans need to let their voices be heard by congressional leaders

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

PR Team member Cindia Escalante created posters for her branding campaign.

PR Team member Ellen Cruise created infographics to disperse around her school. Ellen even put a few in student mailboxes to help spread the word.


As a part of his fundraising campaign, HR team member Justin Li held a dodgeball tournament!

PR Team member Chelsea Hartnett held soccer training sessions as a part of her fundraising campaign.

PR Team member Kate McKinney held a raffle to raise funds for her internship.

PR Team member Malaurie Lasserre hosting a fundraising dinner with friends.

Political Affairs Team member Eliza Davern did a friend’s makeup for a spring gala

Eliza also organized a family friend’s pantry. She diverted what she earned to TBP.

Check out this Boomerang from Content Team member Logan Derbes’ raffle sale!


The Borgen Project received a shoutout. Skip to 3:35 to check it out.

Meet The Borgen Project by PR Team member Malaurie Lasserre

Political Affairs Team member Milo Civita