Congratulations Mary Blake Brock – Fundraising Competition Winner!
This summer we have been running our annual fundraising competition and we are so proud to announce our winner for 2023, Mary Blake Brock. Mary has really gone above and beyond what we all thought was possible and has raised an amazing $10,000!
Here is a little summary of what Mary has been up to during her time with us, along with a few words from Mary.
Hi Everybody! My name is Mary Blake Brock and I’m a passionate UK Political Affairs Ambassador located in Leeds, England! I started working with The Borgen Project in July 2023 and since then, I’ve had amazing networking opportunities that have allowed me to present The Borgen Project to the Kirkstall Girl Guides, run letter-writing and social media campaigns on both Instagram and Tik Tok, write to my local MPs and California Representatives, and surpass my £5,000 fundraising goal. I feel so grateful to represent The Borgen Project and to advocate for foreign policy reform in both the United Kingdom and United States, as nothing in the world is more important than standing up for our international neighbors who live on less than $1.00/day.
To accomplish some of the goals I’ve had the first 6 weeks of the internship, I’ve focused not only on the weekly tracker tasks, but set my own impact objectives before the internship! To achieve my £5,000 fundraising goal, I started early and advertised my fundraising portal on Instagram and TikTok, and gained a following for my political advocacy. When I sent personalized fundraising letters to my family and friends, I explained that because The Borgen Project operates at the political level, a donation as little as £1.00 helps dozens of people attain global development aid, which eradicates systemic poverty. This took financial pressure away from giving large donations, and because they understood the political impact, my donors gave more than £1.00. Additionally, in these letters I encouraged my family and friends to write to their government representatives in support of the UK ODA and US International Affairs Budget, as their political participation is just as valuable as fundraising. I broke down my fundraising goals by asking for intentional £0.50, £1.00, and £5.00 donations to hit my target political impact goal. Because I set small incremental objectives, people surpassed my wildest expectations!
While I’ve recently hit my financial goal, it is important to note that I’ve had several weeks of sitting in stagnant zones, where I make zero progress on hitting my own impact objectives. If you find yourself in this place, keep moving forward and remember why you give a damn about The Borgen Project. Think about what your impact objectives are, why you want to reach those goals, and most importantly, how you are actively growing as a lobbyist and advocate. At the end of the day, we’re here because we are passionate about eradicating systemic poverty for over a billion people who live on less than $1.00/day and 162,000,000 individuals who live on less than $0.50/day. In points of discouragement, celebrate the milestones you’ve overcome and continue to go out, go do, and go bloom. Let’s get to work to change the world!
Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts
- Total # of Lobbying Meetings in August: 17
- Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 239
- Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405
- Total # of Advocacy Emails in August: 9,438
- Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 51,256
- Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
- % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%
Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging
Updates from DC
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Congratulations to the following team members who have achieved Borgen Project Honors & Recognition
- Big Kahuna Award (raised $5,000 or more):
- Political Affairs Team: Mary Blake Brock – $10,000
- Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):
- Political Affairs Team: Ellie Hewes, Emile Maloney, Abbie Siu, Hitesh Turaka
- Content Team: Nina Donlin, Izzy Grout, Dimitri Lykidis
- Nonprofit Leadership Team: Tyne Klammer
- Bird-Dog Award:
- Political Team: Cole Zickwolff, Mark-David Muego, Shreyan Singha, Emily Higley
- President’s Circle Award (Mobilized 50+ people):
- Political Team: Benjamin Marti, Gulnaz Bibi, Assel Mukasheva, Caroline Williams, Lillian Hoffer, Lexi Coghe, Emile Maloney, Emily Higley, Ariana Lewis, Donell Dunlap, Yasharth Pandey, Yajat Gupta, Kefei Xu
- Articles of the Month:
How “Initiative: Eau” Is Addressing Water Scarcity in Burkina Faso by Finneas Sensiba
How Al-Amal Is Improving Health Care in Rwanda by Tasha B. Johnson
- Big Kahuna Award (raised $5,000 or more):
Visit the Our Team Members page and read about success stories with our organization.
Getting the Word Out
Calls to C-SPAN
Political Affairs Team member, Christian Solis–Trujillo
Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Destiny Dunmore
Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Grace Naegelen
One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing
Letters to the Editor
Political Affairs Team
- Colby Camardese The Roanoke Times
Outreach & Mobilizing Materials
Here is a selection of the amazing videos from our teams:
Content Team member, Noel Teter drumming for The Borgen Project
Carol Krein Robinson
Content Team member, Manasvi Kadian