State of the Union October 2018

Note from the President: Hi everyone, I want to apologize if you’ve experienced issues with the website recently. We’ve been told by our web hosting provider that the issue is fixed and we shouldn’t see ads or layout issues. We’ve had a remarkably, smooth run this past 15-years without website disturbances and this glitch was an unexpected headache for everyone. For Content Team members, our Editors weren’t able to access the site for a few days, so Writers hang in there while things get caught up. Mid-term election soon! Go vote! Go vote! Go vote!

– Clint Borgen


Political Updates


Lobbying Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in September: 33
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2018: 641
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2018: 560

Advocacy Emails

    • Number of Advocacy Emails in September: 4,018
    • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2018: 100,000
    • % of Congress Emailed in September: 97%


Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Kevin Fagan with Collin Tracy, Staff Assistant to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R – WA – 5th).

Political Affairs Team member Vanessa Delgadillo with Nick Kistenmacher, Senior Field Director to Senator Bob Corker (R – TN).


Warren’s Address

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


Content Team Updates

The month’s top 10 magazine articles:

Professional Development Help

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

      • Bird-dog Award: Brigitte Buckholtz, PR/Marketing Team
      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more)Morgan Harden, Content Team
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Charlene Frett, Content Team, Noah Bartholomae, Political Affairs Team

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


Getting the Word Out

PR/Marketing Team member Gemise Jones hosted an info session in New York.

Content Team member Massarath Fatima posted flyers to advocate for TBP.


One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team member Olivia Thomajan asked several cafes to write about The Borgen Project on their cups for her One-Mile Campaign

Political Affairs Team member, Tyler Freeman, completed his one-mile campaign in the center of Los Angeles! Tyler, with the help of some friends, targeted Wilshire Blvd and had flyers at every light post within a dozen blocks of the Congressman’s office.

Michaela Poole, Political Affairs Team member, posted fliers and did chalk art in areas with high foot traffic. Michaela also implemented clothespins into her One-Mile Campaign by attaching them to people’s clothing to spread the word about The Borgen Project. 


Political Affairs Team member, Dalvida Palmer, posted fliers in places such as the library, computer labs, the food court, and the dorms. She also targeted “waiting areas” like bus stops and elevators.


Samantha Suib, Political Affairs Team member, took her one-mile campaign to the Great Falls Village Center in Great Falls, VA. She posted signage, reached out those passing through and informed them about The Borgen Project and encouraged the community to contact their congressional leaders.

Bonnie Greer, Political Affairs Team member, undertook her 1-mile campaign in downtown Seattle.  Bonnie chose Pike Place as her starting point since this is in-between her Representative and Senator’s offices. She was able to get about 80 flyers up.

Letters to the Editor

Victoria Beyer, PR/Marketing Team, in The Telegram & Gazette: Support bill to help assure world maternal, child survival
Trump’s budget cuts funds needed for development, jobs
Evann Orleck-Jetter, Content Team, in Valley News: Aid Cuts May Cost More Later
Zachary Filtz, Political Affairs Team, in Fredericksburg: Tackling global poverty

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

PR/Marketing Team member Victoria Beyer designed infographics to compare spending habits with the cost of global poverty reduction.






“Eradicating Poverty Starts with You” designed by PR/Marketing Team member Alex Bicknell


“5 Reasons to Donate to TBP” created by PR/Marketing Team member Rayssa Taiar



HR Team member Julia Torres walked dogs in turn for donations during the first week of her internship!

Julia also hosted a movie and wine night and charged admission as a fundraising event.

Danielle DalPorto, HR Team member, organized a fundraising event in her student union. Danielle sold candy, mobilized people to email their Congressional leaders and answered general questions about TBP and global poverty. In total, she raised $130 and mobilized 64 people!

PR/Marketing Team member Victoria Beyer sold personal artwork and distributed TBP flyers on campus as a part of her fundraising/information campaign.



PR/Marketing Team member Alexandra Bicknell gives a brief overview of foreign aid in the United States.

PR/Marketing Team member Tori Fejfar reminds us of the importance of the International Affairs Budget.

A PSA created by PR/Marketing Team member David Fladger.