State of the Union April 2024

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in March: 12
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2024: 72
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2024: 390

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in March: 4,272
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2024: 12,876
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2024: 84,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 81%

Congressional Updates

PEPFAR PASSED!

Although we were hoping for 5, we’re glad to see PEPFAR’s 1 year reauthorization pass in Congress with bipartisan support. This highly regarded global health program will continue saving the lives of millions and aiding in the response to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide.

In the past year, Borgen Project volunteers mobilized more than 3,000 emails to Congress regarding PEPFAR and our team held more than 100 Congressional meetings to build support for its reauthorization. Thank you all for your advocacy! Read more about the importance of PEPFAR here.

 

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

 

Recognition

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

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

Getting the Word Out

Information Events

Political Affairs Team member, Adam Ribbans presenting at the University of Lincoln, UK

PR/Marketing Team member, Zachary Hylan conducted his informational event

PR/Marketing Team member, Francis Nwobodo held his focus group at Teesside University, UK

Political Affairs Team member, David Zhu attended a career fair to present about The Borgen Project at Cupertino High School

 

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Political Affairs Team

Jenkin Yuen completed his one-mile campaign in Toronto, Ontario

Daniel Lonic, in Canada

Allison Sheppard in NJ

Aidan Donohue in NJ

Joe Bagley in Lewiston

Brynna Torpey in PA

Robert Hill in Atlanta, GA

Sydney Mailloux in downtown Fort Myers

Steph Thain in London, UK

Moses Sappé in Sheffield, UK

 

 

Swalha Ali Abdulcadir in London, UK

PR/Marketing Team

Anna Barbour

Zachary Main

 

 

Hana Bui, who also created stickers for coffee cups

Giovanni Coeli

Alyssa Pomales

Nonprofit Leadership Team

Olivia Siyahian

Amelia Klein

 

 

 

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team 

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

PR/Marketing Team member, Amara Keeney writing letters to her leaders

 

Fundraising

Regional Director, Courtney Petersen, held a Trivia night, with Clint in attendance and raised an amazing $2100!

Political Affairs Team member, Del Moazami is selling some old clothes for her fundraising campaign

Content Team member, Phoebe Vaughan and friends, doing a mountain climb for her fundraiser.

Content Team member, Catrin Jones undertook a sponsored walk

Political Affairs Team member, Seb Owers ran the Exeter, UK, half marathon

 

TikTok

@aidanmdonohue learn how to call congress #fyp #foryoupage #politics #election #democrat #republican #biden #trump #borgenproject ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

Political Affairs Team member, Aidan Donohue created a TikTok on how to call Congress

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

Videos

PR/Marketing Team

Diya Shah

Lila Russell

Isabelle Hickman

Azza Hani Md Alexirwan

Political Affairs Team

Pari Patel

Jin Young Lee

Sydney Losh

Krista Amoth

 

 

State of the Union March 2024

 

 

 Ramadan Kareem to all of our Team celebrating this holy month

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in February: 28
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2024: 60
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2024: 390

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in February: 4,052
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2024: 8,604
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2024: 84,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 78%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Political Affairs Team member, Moses Sappé met with parliamentary candidate for the 2024 General Elections, Councillor Abtisam Mohamed of Sheffield Central in support of ODA

Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager and Political Affairs Team member, Ben Luu met with Rep. Scott Peters’ (D-CA-50) scheduler, Nicole Golden

Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager and Political Team member, Aditya Sehgal met with Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor, and Adam Fairchild, Defense Fellow, from Rep. Gallego’s office (D-AZ-03)

Political Affairs Team member, Holly Trumper met with MP Jane Hunt (Loughborough) about ODA

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

Recognition

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

      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):
        • Regional Director: Courtney Petersen
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  
        • Political Affairs Team: Ian McCready
        • Content Team: Lyle Seeligson
      • Bird-Dog Award: 
        • Political Team: Rumaysa Khan
      • President’s Circle Award (Mobilized 50+ people):
        • Political Team: Jenkin Yuen
      • Articles of the Month:

        How EWB is Supporting Guatemalan Cardamom Producers by Sara Hatab

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

Getting the Word Out

Information Events

PR/Marketing Team member, Zoe Goebel’s Information Event

Political Affairs Team member, Camila Tinjaca Pino presenting to a class at the American School of Milan

Lucrezia Gentili (Regional Director) and Stephanie Thain (Political Affairs Team memeber) represented The Borgen Project at a careers event held at University College London, UK

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Nonprofit Leadership Team

Sarah Hochstadt completed her 1MC in Pennsylvania

Udita Das

 

 

PR/Marketing Team

Nadia Zabala

Brandon Park

 

 

Aleena Ashok

Letters to the Editor

Content Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

PR/Marketing Team

Oluwamayowa Kushimo shared this on their Instagram story

Anna Barbour

Precious Adewole of the PR/Marketing team created this great flyer for her information event

Brianna Boen

 

Carolina Figueroa

Lila Russell

Jacqueline Schroeder

 

 

 

Judith Kuunaazaa

Alyssa Pomales

 

Jacqueline Plascencia

Giovanni Coeli

Rimsha Sawant

Political Affairs Team

Elizabeth Adams raising awareness through social media

Amanda Polito

 

 

Sampada Kotcherlakota in support of ODA

Tia Rizk

Fundraising

Political Affairs Team member, Seb Owers held a bake sale in Exeter, UK for one of his fundraisers

Political Affairs Team member, Celeste Schreifels is selling pot plants for her fundraiser

 

TikTok

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

Videos

PR/Marketing Team

Carolina Figueroa

Amelia Beuscher

Anna Barbour

Lila Russell

Political Affairs Team

Kira Monji

Sydney Mailloux

Robert Hill

Tom Keating

 

State of the Union February 2024

 

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in Janaury: 32
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2024: 32
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2024: 390

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in January: 4,552
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2024: 4,552
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2024: 84,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 65%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Senior Program Manager Amy Jenkins, Boyana Nikolova and Samantha Morales met with Representative Crow’s [(D-CO-6) Senior Legislative Assistant, Mackenzie Fallt.

Senior Program Manager Amy Jenkins and Kylie Burgel met with Drew Martineau, Senator Brown’s (D-OH) Legislative Assistant.

Senior Program Manager Amy Jenkins, Alex Li and Amman Alkayal met with Senator Warren’s (D-MA) Legislative Correspondent, Nikhil Srinivasan.

Jenkin (Santos) Yuen had a lobbying meeting with MP Chrystia Freeland’s Constituency Manager (Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister)

Regional Director Lucrezia Gentili held a lobbying meeting with MP Stephen Timms (Labour, East Ham)

Political Affairs Team member, Diya Thomas met with her MP, Annelise Dodds (Labour and Co-operative, Oxford East)

 

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

 

Recognition

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

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

Getting the Word Out

Swarms

PR/Marketing Team member Francis Nwobodo in the UK mobilizing the community

 

Information Events

Political Affairs Team member Swalha Ali Abdulcadir tabling an event to mobilize in the UK

Political Affairs Team member Robert Hill presented to 2 classes in Georgia

 

One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team members:

Eleanor Anderson in Minnesota

Alejandra Contreras in Downtown LA

Norhan Abdelaziz in Sevenoaks, Kent, UK

Natalie Bookout completed her 1 mile campaign in Charlotte, NC

Yi Nian Mercedes Cheung in County Durham, UK

Rosmond Thomas, New York, NY

Akhil Ponnam completed his campaign in VA

Martha Ross-Smith completed her campaign in Hitchin, UK

Amy Stoneman completed her campaign in Newcastle, UK

Parth Nikalje completed the campaign in Bristol, UK

 

 

 

PR/Marketing Team:

Bianka Nemesova

Amelia Beuscher hanging posters at her college campus

Nonprofit Leadership Team:

Dawson Schatz completed his campaign around the local office of Representative Peters

Madelyn Snyder

 

 

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

 

Political Affairs Team member Anisa Rashid created this infographic to share around her university campus

PR/Marketing Team member Lila Russell is focusing on The MINDS Act

PR/Marketing Team member Anna Barbour has done an amazing job on her outreach materials for The SAFE Act

PR/Marketing Team member Brianna Boen in support of The SAFE Act

Political Affairs Team member Piper Treacy

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Yijun Ni

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Udita Das created this great photo for her outreach

Content Team member, Arman Ahmed

Content Team member Abraham Ikongshul

Fundraising

Content Team member, Sam Waterkeyn cycled from London to Land’s End over the course of 5 days. Same rode over 300 miles and raise £500.

Political Affairs Team member Olivia Shipman completed a winter swim fundraiser in the UK – very brave! 🥶

PR/Marketing Team member Lila Russell started her fundraising campaign with a bang!

 

TikTok

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

 

Videos

Political Team

Camila Tinjaca Pino

Benjamin Luu

Bisrat Muluneh

Jack Evans

Olivia Shipman

PR/Marketing Team

Amelia Beuscher

Anna Barbour

Brianna Boen

Lila Russell

Gabriel Seriki

 

State of the Union January 2024

 

Political Updates

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Meeting with Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33) his staff,  and The Borgen Project’s Anjana Boppana and Kim Thelwell.

Political Affairs Team member, Madison Bryan met with MP Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) in support of ODA

Political Affairs Team member, Natalie Bookout and Kyle Onwukwe, with Kim Thelwell, VP The Borgen Project, meeting with Senator Budd’s staffer Graham Gunter (R-NC)

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

 

Recognition

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

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

Getting the Word Out

Information and Networking Events

Political Affairs Team member, Olivia Linzy, teaching at a high school about The Borgen Project

Political Affairs Team member, Cathal Mc Parland attended a networking event in Dublin

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Nonprofit Leadership Team

Abiodun Olagunju implemented her campaign in Middlesbrough, UK

Political Affairs Team members

Rosmond Thomas posted fliers in and around businesses around her neighborhood and different neighborhoods in Queens, NY

Aaryan Singh Bisht implementing the 1-mile campaign in York, UK

Letters to the Editor

Political Team

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

PR/Marketing Team member, Gigi Chiang

Content Team member, Sara del Carmen Navarro Galvan

Content Team member, Manasvi Kadian, photography, entitled, ‘Find the Borgen Project around you’

Content Team member, Abraham Ikongshul

Fundraising

PR/Marketing Team member, Sophie Thomas held a family in a fundraising event I did which was cooking for them and educating them on the Borgen Project and reducing global poverty!

 

TikTok

The Borgen Project is on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

@ellie.graceyy #stitch with @Susi just some Borgen Project sponsered political contect for your feed! #amyklobuchar #tinasmith #internationalaffairs #borgenproject ♬ original sound – Ellie :))

Political Affairs Team member, Eleanor Anderson

Videos

Political Affairs Team members:

Norhan Abdelaziz

Sophie Thomas

Parth Nikalje

Yi Nian Mercedes Cheung

Charlotte Pearson

Andrew Specter

Natalie Bookout

State of the Union December 2023

Wishing everyone at The Borgen Project a Very Happy Holidays and a great 2024!

 

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in November: 37
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 338
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in November: 4,016
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 67,772
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%

 

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Political Affairs Team member, Lennon Airey, met with Julie Elliott MP, (Sunderland Central) to discuss supporting more overseas aid

Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager and Political Team member, Ashley Page met with Senator Welch’s (D-VT) Legislative Aide, Maggie McGraw

Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager and Political Team members Nate Capriglione and Julia Nunamaker met with Ryan Walsh, Sen. Murphy’s (D-CT) Legislative Correspondent, Ryan Walsh

Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager and Political Team member Akithma Moraes, met with Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL-09) and his staffer, Andrea

Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager and Political Team members Tim Bellman and Madison Seda, met with Sam Lane and Hannah Sztorc from Sen. Manchin’s office (D-WV)


 

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

 

 

Recognition

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

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

Getting the Word Out

Information Events

Political Affairs Team member, Olivia Linzy, presenting to LHS EDGE

Political Affairs Team member, Natalie Bookout met with Marie Yovanovitch Former United States Ambassador to Ukraine

 

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Political Team

Jessica Baron in Downtown Los Angeles (Little Tokyo) near Senator Alex Padilla’s office (D-CA)

Julia Nunamaker completed her campaign close to Representative DeGette’s (D-CO-1)  office, around the civic center of her city, and various parks in the area

Madison Seda completed her campaign near Representative Dan Goldman’s office (D-NY-10)

Benjamin Robbins completed his campaign near Congresswoman Salazar’s (R-FL-27) office and at the Palmetto Bay village hall

David Echavarria put up posters at the capital building in Florida

Heran Henoke completed her 1-mile campaign in Silverspring, MD

Timothy Bellman completed his campaign near Representative Alex Mooney’s office (R-WV-2)

Aishat Adeyemo completed her campaign in Greenwich, London, UK

Mollie Sinclair in York, UK

Trisha Williams completed her campaign in North Baltimore, University of Maryland Law School, Loyola University Maryland, Enoch Pratt Library-Waverly and the CFG arena

PR/Marketing Team

Isra Rahman

Elaina Jin

Katie Mitchell

Ginika Uzowulu


 

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

Content Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Content Team member, Angela A. Darkwah

 

Fundraising

Political Affairs Team member, Boyana Nikolova is holding a shoe drive for her fundraising campaign

Content Team member, Isabel Burnside, will be braving the shave for her fundraising campaign!

 

TikTok

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

Videos from our Political Team Member

Kylie Burgel

Gabriel Brandao

Olivia Linzy

Max Perry

Alexandra Wittmeier

Samantha Morales

State of the Union November 2023

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in October: 24
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 301
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in October: 5,243
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 63,756
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Kim Thelwell, VP The Borgen Project, Political Affairs Team members, Mary Blake Brock and Cole Zickwolff, meeting with Representative Levin’s Office [D-CA-49]

Political Affairs Team member, met with his MP, Andrew Bowie in support of ODA

Kim Thelwell and Gabriel Dos Santos Brandao, met with Representative Frost’s staffer, Kerry Mackenzie. [D-FL-10]

The Borgen Project meeting with Representative Katie Porter’s office- [D-CA-47]

Senior Program Manager, Amy Jenkins and Political Team members, Stephanie Graber and Elijah Leon met with Senator Klobuchar’s [D-MN] Legislative Aide, Seth Barnes

Regional Director Emile Maloney attended a coffee with constituents hosted by Representative Jayapal [D-WA-7].

 

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

 

Recognition

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

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

Getting the Word Out

Swarms

Political Team member, Deepak Peddinti

Regional Director Courtney Petersen

 

Information Events

Content Team member, Daniel Pereda, hosted guests at an awareness and internship opportunity event in Ryadh during the UNFCCC MENA climate week in Saudi Arabia.

 

PR/Marketing Team member, Imogen Barrow-Starkey was interviewed by Bournemouth Universities’ radio show, Nerve Radio, UK

 

One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team member, Kaden Kaeo in Kirkland, WA

Political Affairs Team member, Valerio Longobardi completed his 1-mile campaign in London, UK

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Kama Clifford’s furry friends, Buffy and Willow supporting The Borgen Project

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Justin Miller – outside of Representative Delia Ramirez’s Office

Political Affairs Team member, Gaveshna Sarswat at Westfield Mall in Stratford, UK

Political Affairs Team member, Nathan Capriglione in MD

 

Political Affairs Team member, Michael DeRenzo in Harrisburg, PA

Political Affairs Team member, Finian Mullaney, near Senator Brown’s office

Political Affairs Team member, Erika David put up flyers in Dunkin, Starbucks, the public library, and other spots around NJ

Political Affairs Team member, Akshaya Das at Queens University, Northern Ireland

Political Affairs Team member, Arija Jannath putting posters up around the University of Leicester, UK

Political Affairs Team member, Charlie Street’s 1 mile campaign was completed at Falmouth University, University of Exeter

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Dawson Schatz

Political Affairs Team member, Atrin Almasi putting up posters at several nightclubs and restaurants in Exeter, UK

 

PR/Marketing Team member Jackie Nelson’s family raising awareness

 

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

Content Team 

 

Media Outreach

Content Team memeber, Anastasia Kinyua

PR/Marketing Team member, Jing Huang

Content Team member, Angela A. Darkwah

PR/Marketing Team member, Ngan Le

Content Team member, Manasvi Kadian

Political Affairs Team member, Isabel Mishara

 

 

 

Political Affairs Team member, Sebastian Hoffman, created these posters for his tabling event

 

Mobilizing 

Political Affairs Team member, Tatiana Zapata mobilizing people at her school to reach out to Congress

 

Fundraising

Political Affairs Team member, Timothy Bellman, is holding a pet contest for his fundraiser

Political Affairs Team member, Tatiana Zapata hosted a thank you dinner for people who donated to her fundraiser

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Aniella Lisse Mutoni, organized a movie night that brought the entire campus together, offering popcorn for sale and managing to raise $45

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Katie Mcallister is completing a walkathon for one of her fundraisers

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Justin Miller hosted a fundraiser with friends and family in support of the cause

 

TikTok

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

Videos

Political Affairs Team member, Julia Nunamaker

Political  Affairs Team member, Eoin Vaughan

Political Affairs Team member, Lucienne Stahlbaum

Political Affairs Team member, Rodrigo Santos

State of the Union October 2023

Thanksgiving (U.S. team members only) – November 23rd – team members can take the week of November 18th until 24th (inclusive) off if you choose.

Please let your manager know if you will be taking time off during the Thanksgiving holiday!  

Christmas & New Year – We will be closed from December 23rd to January 1st (inclusive) and will not be available to respond to your emails. If you wish to work over the holiday period, you are very welcome to, but you will need to make sure any input that is required from us is gained before these dates. e.g. If you are a writer, you will need to have your articles approved in advance as approvals will not be reviewed during the break.

If you do take the time off, please do not skip any weeks in your tracker, you will need to resume where you left off when you return.

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in September: 30
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 277
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in September: 7,257
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 58,513
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Political Affairs Team member, Ethan Williams met with MP Dean Russell to discuss ODA

Political Affairs Team member, Donell Dunlap and Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager, met with Laura Rncon-Bianchi, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee’s [D-TX-18] Legislative Assistant.

Political Affairs Team members, Kefei Xu and Yajat Gupta, and Amy Jenkins, Senior Program Manager, met with Cameron Smith, the Legislative Assistant from Senator Fetterman’s [D-PA] office.

Emile Maloney and Amy met with Jennifer Arnold, Rep. Greg Stanton’s (D-AZ-04) Legislative Counsel.

 

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

 

Recognition

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

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

Getting the Word Out

Information Events

Political Affairs Team member, Tatiana Zapata hosted a table at her school, educating and mobilizing students and staff about The Borgen Project

Political Affairs Team member, Cole Zickwolff held an information event about The Borgen Project outside of a mall in CA

PR/Marketing team Zanab Aziz, held an information event in the park

 

Letters to the Editor

PR/Marketing Team

Political Affairs Team

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Content Team member, Daniel Pereda

Political Affairs Team member, Ngan Le

Content Team member, Ruairí Greene

Political Affairs Team member, Kaden Kaeo

PR/Marketing Team member, Megan Mattison

PR/Marketing Team member, Imogen Barrow

 
 
 
 

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Content Team member, Nadia Asaad

 

Political Affairs Team member, Mary Brock completed her 1-mile campaign in Oceanside, CA

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Katie Mcallister

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Destiny Dunmore

 

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Tyne Klammer (left) and a fantastic friend getting involved too

Political Affairs Team member, Ariana Lewis did her 1-mile campaign in Los Angeles, CA

Political Affairs Team member, Lexi Coghe in Alameda, CA

Political Affairs Team member, Cole Zickwolff in Carlsbad, CA

PR/Marketing Team member, Nazelai Aierken

PR/Marketing Team member, Ciara Preece

Fundraising

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Kama Clifford is planning a Halloween fundraiser

Political Affairs Team member, Tatiana Zapata

TikTok

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

Check Out Mary Blake Brock’s guide to emailing Congress

Videos

Political Affairs Team members

Francisco Caballero, urging support for the MINDS Act

Kaden Kaeo

Jessica Wang

Samantha Lundin

Lilian Johnson

Evan Collin

Nika Samsavar

Nathan Capriglione

Audrey Montgomery

Erika David

Atrin Almasi

Zainab Yasar

PR/Marketing Team member, Rai Husnain Mushtaq

Ethan Williams

 

State of the Union September 2023

 

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!

 

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in August: 17
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 239
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • 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

Amy Pettigrew and Dylan Bemis met with Sarah Silverstein, Legislative Correspondent from Senator Carper’s office [D-DE]

Amy Pettigrew and our Team members met with Graham Gunter, Legislative Correspondent from Senator Budd’s office [R-NC]

Amy Pettigrew and our Team members met with Beimnet Abraha, Legislative Correspondent from Senator Warner’s office [D-VA]

Senator Warnock’s staff [D-GA] and Georgia team members, Zenee Theophille and Sarah Aliche

Senator Casey’s staff [D-PA], Kim Thelwell and Pennsylvanian Team members Aaron Hunt, Yaj Gupta, Navid Sheikhzadeh, Nicholas Jaramillo and Michael DeRenzo

Senator Menendez staff [D-NJ] and NJ volunteers Navya Sirandasu and Jay Chavan

Political Affairs Team member, Cole Zickwolff attended a town hall hosted by Representative Mike Levin [D-CA-49] and asked him a question about the International Affairs Budget

Political Affairs Team member, David Shaw met with his MP Oliver Heald

 

Updates from DC

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Recognition

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: 

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 SolisTrujillo

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Destiny Dunmore

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Grace Naegelen

Information Events

Political Affairs Team member, Isabel Medrano presented to a few classes at a high school.

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Content Team Member Aysu Usubova from Azerbaijan

 

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Content Team member, Aysu Usubova from Azerbaijan transformed her window

Fundraising

PR/Marketing Team member, Agnes Wang organized a fundraiser with Edinburgh University Chinese Dance Society

Political Affairs Team member, Lexi Coghe made her own strawberry and watermelon strawberry popsicles and set up a stand to sell them

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Aniella Lisse Mutoni is creating bracelets for her fundraiser

Videos

Here is a selection of  the amazing videos from our teams:

Content Team member, Noel Teter drumming for The Borgen Project

Carol Krein Robinson

Nikolina Nava

Sophie Matta

Nicholas Maccani

 

Simon Hermes

Content Team member, Manasvi Kadian

State of the Union August 2023

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in July: 12
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 222
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in July: 10,784
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 41,818
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Representative Andy Kim, [D-NJ,3] met with our New Jersey Team members, Ada Wagar, Abigail Rovner, Elena Gaule and Sahib Singh

Political Affairs Team member Kelsey Welch and PR/Marketing Team member, Richard Basile had a lobbying meeting with Representative Deborah Ross [D-NC-02]’s Director of Constituent Services.

Manju Mathew, Political Affairs Team member, and Amy Pettigrew, Senior Program Manager,met with Rep. Katie Porter’s [D-CA-47] Staff Assistant, Austin

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Dougie Clarke met with his MP Patrick Grady in Scotland

Political Affairs Team member Finn Overfield, meet with MP Shah Miah of the Labour party, London, UK

 

Updates from DC

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Recognition

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

      • Big Kahuna Award (raised $5,000 or more):
        • PA Team: Mary Blake Brock
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Mary Seawell
        • Political Affairs Team: Lukas Turlick, Alice Moyle
        • Content Team: Valentina Ornelas, Jaydin Ruch
        • PR/Marketing Team: Kylie Garcia, Alison Anthony, Khulan Bud
      • President’s Circle Award (Mobilized 50+ people):
        • Political Team: Kohana Bondurant, Zsofia Stone, Aatmi Mehta, Ashish Gupta, Raven Umeh, Andrew Park, Aaron Hunt, Amanda Guernsey-Cipili, Callahan O’Shea, Jeeya Patel, Janaya Roberts
        • PR/Marketing Team: Kylie Garcia, Sooha Shin
      • Bird-Dog Award: 
        • Political Team: Fawzan Aslam, Sophia Modell, Hailey Lanari, Kohana Bondurant, Kayla Blackstock, Jay Chavan
      • Articles of the Month: 

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

Getting the Word Out

Swarms

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Catherine Kerr completed her swarm with friends during a get together.

Political Affairs Team member, Arnav Mehta and family emailed their congressional leaders while playing card games

Information Events

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Emerson Fisher completing her branding campaign at University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado Boulder

Political Affairs Team member, Madeline Waterfield did a presentation this week for the Duke University Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega

Political Affairs Team member, Elena Gaule held a tabling event at her local library

 

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Political Team

Abigail Hill of Rockville

Jalyn Adams completed her one-mile campaign in Pittsburgh, PA

Aidan Conner posted fliers around his college campus

Sage Waymire-Rozman of Minneapolis Minnesota

 

 

Navid Sheikhzadeh

 

Erica Lande in Chicago

 

Grayson Havens did an online campaign

Lili Masseran in London, UK

Manju Mathew

Isabella Naro

Charlotte Bessant

Natalie Flinn of Manchester, UK

Emile Vallejo

Riley Stevenson

 

 

HR Team

Marisa Singh

Diana Carolina Jimenez Duque

 

Saima Zafar

Xuening Jiang

Aiza Mahmood

Ngozi Leslie Offor

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

  • Nicholas Maccani Detroit Free Press

Content Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

Regional Director

 

Fundraising

Political Affairs Team member, Ellie Hewes hosted a pub quiz and did an amazing job! The turnout was great and Ellie raised over £460

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Advaith Nair is hosting a cricket tournament as one of their fundraising events!

Political Affairs Team member, Alice Moore continued fundraising efforts by holding a face painting and mini manicure stand at a charity family activity day at St.James’ Park, Southampton!

Alice also ran a 10k marathon in Southampton UK as part of her fundraising efforts

Political Affairs Team member, Max Townsend is completing an art gallery show and selling artwork for his fundraising campaign

Political Affairs Intern Lexi Coghe is baking for her fundraising campaign

Political Affairs Intern Isabel Medrano is doing acrylic nails for people for her fundraising campaign.

Political Affairs Team member, Ellie Hewes, will be hosting a pub quiz in Dedham, Colchester UK as one of her fundraising events.

Political Affairs Team member, Palak Guleria has organized a garden party fundraising event and included the flyer

Political Affairs Team member Nadia Merivil is doing an art sale as part of her fundraiser

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Jaden Shim arranged a fundraiser with Chipotle

Political Affairs Intern, Kaylee Allen advertised her fundraising campaign

 

 

 

 

Political Affairs Team member, Kaylee Allen is doing an art sale as part of her fundraising campaign

Content Team Member Chandler Doerr held an event

PR/Marketing Team member, Melanie Vanness

Media Outreach

Political Affairs Team member, Eliot Hanson’s friend!

Political Affairs Team member, Janaya Roberts’s friend!

Political Affairs Team member, Iain Nelson

Political Affairs Team member, Lexi Coghe

Political Affairs Team member, Mary Blake Brock designed a Taylor Swift inspired Instagram post

Political Affairs Team member, Lucrezia Gentili

Political Affairs Team member, Madeline Waterfield

PR/Marketing Team member, Alex Perez

 

Content Team member, Rachael Weisermile

 

 

Content Team member Kaushal Balaji, the 10 Push-Up Challenge!

Content Team member, Aysu Usubova

TikTok

@maryblakebrock thank you for your help in this campaign, we’re better together when we help each other out 💙🫶✨ #borgenproject #campaign #fundraising #boost #fyp ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

Videos

Political Affairs Team member, Alice Moyle

Political Affairs Team member, Joe Alexander

Political Affairs Team member, Carmen Tucker

Political Affairs Team member, Benjamin Daniels on the basics of lobbying

 

State of the Union July 2023

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in June: 18
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 210
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in June: 10,769
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 31,034
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Political Affairs Team member, Isabel Mishara and Amy Pettigrew, Senior Program Manager, met with Aneeb Sheikh, Representative Pressley’s [MA-7] Legislative Assistant

PR/Marketing Team member, Jonathan (JJ) Smith and Kim Thelwell, VP, met with Senator Marshall’s staff [R-KS]

 

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.

 

Recognition

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

      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):
        • Political Team: Josh Ludy
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  
        • Political Affairs Team: Sophia Modell, Geeta Karlcut. Aprile Kim, Axel D’Amelio, Anna Murray
        • Content Team: Lily Cooper
      • Bird-Dog Award: 
        • Political Team: Kelsey Welch
      • Article of the Month:

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

Meeting Up

Kim Thelwell, VP hosted a meet and greet with volunteers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania in Edison, NJ! Kim looks forward to meeting more volunteers in person in the coming months!

 

Getting the Word Out

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Political Affairs Team member, Geeta Karlcut in Santa Clara, CA

Political Affairs Team member, Lina Oliveira Ulrich conducting her one mile campaign in the UK

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Brandy Bowen undertook the mile campaign around Representative Crockett’s office [D-TX-30]

Political Affairs Team member, Josh Ludy in Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

Nonprofit Leadership Team

Content Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

Regional Director

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

HR Team member, Patience Mabuda-Moyo

HR Team member, Diana Jimenez

PR/Marketing Team member, Alex Perez

Content Team member, Aysu Usubova

Fundraising

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Luciana Cardenas is having a raffle for her fundraiser

Content Team member, Sheherazade Al Shahry sold clothing online

TikTok

The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].

Videos

Political Affairs Team member, Riley Stevenson

Political Affairs Team member, Yashwin Sajja

Political Affairs Team member, Emile Vallejo

Political Affairs Team member, Natalie Flinn