State of the Union September 2018

Note from the President: Register to vote! Enough said. The people voted into Congress in two months will either be allies for the world’s poor or foes. Your advocacy is crucial in getting leaders more engaged in the issue, but electing people from the start who are interested in helping the world’s poor is critical.

– Clint Borgen


Political Updates


Lobbying Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in August: 67
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2018: 608
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2018: 560

Advocacy Emails

  • Number of Advocacy Emails in August: 7,129
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2018:  100,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in August: 97%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Zachary Filtz with Patrick Thompson, Congressional Aide to Rep. Rob Wittman (R – VA – 1st).

Political Affairs Team member Kaitlyn Filhart met with Cayla Shreffler, staff assistant to Senator Rob Portman (R – OH).

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:

Great work from the Content Team has ensured another fantastic month of website stats:




HR Team Updates

Another great month of recruitment from the HR team, with applications to our internship and volunteer programs increasing year on year.


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: Jasmine Dunklin, PR/Marketing Team.
      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more): Gavin Isbell, Political Affairs Team.
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Alyssa Ince, Political Affairs Team; Cadin Truesdale, Political Affairs Team; Cassandra Rice, Political Affairs Team; Taylor Jennings, Content Team and Liesl Hostetter, Content Team.
      • President’s Circle: Andrew Wedeking, Political Affairs Team; Heidi Harris, Political Affairs Team; Maija Olson, Political Affairs Team; David Fladger PR/Marketing Team and Mar Lopez Barreiro, Political Affairs Team.
      • Public Outreach Award: Mar Lopez Barreiro, Political Affairs Team.

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


Getting the Word Out


Political Affairs Team member Dalvida Palmer tabled at an event held by Rep. Donald McEachin (D – VA 4th).

One-Mile Campaigns

PR/Marketing Team member Rose Austin prepping for her One-Mile Campaign.


PR/Marketing Team member Meredith Touhy.


Content Team member Orcun Dogmar with a Borgen Project flyer in Istanbul, Turkey.


Political Affairs Team member Sierra Arral used chalk art and fliers for her campaign throughout Saco, Maine.

Letters to the Editor

Ishita Garg, PR/Marketing Team, in the Loudon Times-Mirror Letter to the Editor – Garg:  House should pass the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act.

Jenna Walmer, Content Team, in Lancaster Online:  Pass international aid budget.

Laura Turner, Content Team, in the Press Herald – Letter to the editor:  Pressure Maine delegation to maintain foreign aid budget.

Emily Torjusen, HR Team, in The Reflector – Murray and Cantwell must support the Food for Peace Modernization Act.

And PR/Marketing Team member Victoria Beyer had two letters published:

Milford Daily News – Letter:  Support bill to monitor foreign aid

Sentinel & Enterprise Letters:  Tariffs won’t help U.S. workers or grow jobs


Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Check out some of the infographs PR/Marketing Team member Victoria Fejfar designed using Canva!


Political Affairs Team member Kaitlyn Fillhart collected and cashed in over 150 lbs. of aluminum cans for The Borgen Project!



Check out this video created by PR/Marketing Team member Victoria Beyer for her diverting branding campaign.