Note from the President
Impressive fundraising everyone! We’ve raised $340,000 thus far this year! Our goal for the year was $300,000 and last year we raised $270,000. We’re $30,000 away from raising $100,000 more than last year. Let’s finish the year strong. Amazing work!
2017 Holiday Shopping & Giving
The Black Friday weekend (November 24th to 26th) marks the start of the holiday shopping season – with much of the shopping continuing into the work week on Cyber Monday (November 27th). When shoppers use this link to shop on Amazon.com, Amazon gives 4-8% of the total spent to The Borgen Project.
November 28th is now known as Giving Tuesday. On Giving Tuesday, our organization joins thousands of people across over 98 countries on this global day of giving through collaboration and social media.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing holiday shopping & giving posts via Facebook and Twitter. Please share them on your social media platforms to encourage others to shop for our cause and to donate to The Borgen Project this holiday season.
- Total Lobbying Meetings in October: 60
- Total Lobbying Meetings Since the Start of the Year: 427. With this comes another record! We’ve surpassed our annual goal of 400 meetings this year!
- Total Advocacy Emails in October: 4,097
- Total Advocacy Emails: Borgen Project interns and volunteers have mobilized ~56,000 emails to Congress since the start of the year.
- % of Congress Emailed Since January: 97%. Keep up the great work and let’s take this to 100% by the end of 2017!
Congressional Office Meetings
Political Affairs team member, Taylor Larson, attended a town hall meeting with Representative Beto O’Rourke (D – TX 16th) and asked a question about foreign aid. Representative O’Rourke is not seeking re-election in the House of Representatives. Instead, he is running for Senate in 2018.
View the town hall meeting here. Taylor’s question is approximately at minutes 56 to 59.
Here’s the latest from Warren about the goings-on in D.C.
Here are some of the latest stats on visitors to our sites.
HR Team Updates
Congratulations to the following team members who have achieved Borgen Project Honors & Recognition in October.
Bird-dog Award: Haley Gouge, Regional Director and Nate Fowler, Regional Director.
Chief Closer Award: Eliza Gresh, Content team; Richa Bijlani, Content team; and Sarah Soutoul, Content team.
Public Outreach Award: Melissa Bailey, Political Affairs team.
Getting the Word Out
Letter to the Editor
Mackinsey Sook, HR team, in the WVU Gazette – Letter: Support more foreign aid (Daily Mail)
The Borgen Project was mentioned six times in October and twice in Newsweek! Check out a few of the articles here:
Political Affairs team member, Melissa Balke, created these videos to show how easy it is to call, email, & tweet Congress!
Content team member, Paula Pujol-Gibson, wrote a song about her internship with The Borgen Project.
Here are some of the ways our team members spread the word and mobilized others to advocate on behalf of the world’s poor.
Check out some of this year’s Halloween fundraisers.