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State of the Union July 2020

Political Updates

 

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in June: 222
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 513
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in June: 41,666
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 87,838
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 99%

 

Congressional Office Meetings and Live Events

  • Political Affairs Team member Sumiran Nigam bird-dogged Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-7th) at a Town Hall event on Facebook.

  • Political Affairs Team member Ehran Hodes bird dogged Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) during his Facebook Live.

  • Hannah McLain, Political Affairs, participated in a COVID-19 Facebook Live Event with Sanjay Gupta.

  • Political Affairs Team member Hannah Mclain participated in a Facebook Live Event on COVID-19 with Lindsey Mastis, news anchor for Good Morning Washington. Giving an Overview of COVID-19.

  • Political Affairs Team member Ava Singh asked Sen. Mark Warner to support the Global Health Security Act on a Facebook Town Hall.

  • Political Affairs Team member Amanda Sarmiento participated in an Instagram Live with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

 

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Articles of the Month: Providing Affordable Refrigeration in Developing Countries by Natasha Nath, Mushroom Farming by Jonathan Helton and The Impacts on Poverty In Lesotho by Chatham Kennedy.

 

Recognition

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

      • Honors Award (raised $3,000 or more): 
        • Political Affairs Team: Jacob Boehm
      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):
        • Content Team: Anita Durairaj, Melina Stavropoulos
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):
        • Content Team: Anita Durairaj, Jonathan Helton, Annie Lezzi, George Hashemi, Natasha Nath, Maxwell Karibian, Isabel Corp, Hannah Roberts, Sydney Stokes, Aiden Farr, Lucia Kenig-Ziesler, Rachel Powell, Paige Musgrave
        • HR Team: Keira D’Amico, Chloe Marshall, Zhane Spates
        • In-Office Team: Leah Caragol
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Heeyoung Son, Haven Barton-Knabe, Gillian Friend, Omar Iniguez, Haven Barton-Knabe, Grace Hoagland
        • Political Affairs Team: Leila Mosteika, Arushi Singh, Sarah Fuller, Olivia Pistella, William Scheffler, Grayson Timoner, Sofia Siegel, Jacob Boehm, Brandon Stoll, Daina Stinnett
        • PR/Marketing Team: Camila Lavadenz
      • Bird Dog Award:
        • Content Team: Aishwarya Thiygarajan
        • Political Affairs: Ava Singh, Amanda Elena Sarmiento
        • PR/Marketing Team: Sumiran Nigam
      • President’s Circle:
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Noor Mchallah (5 meetings), Heeyoung Son, Haven Barton-Knabe, Grace Hoagland, Noor Mchallah, Yesha Shah
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): 
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Omar Iniguez
        • Political Affairs Team: Natasha Nath, Arnie Bennett, Elizabeth Dassow (163 people)
        • PR/Marketing Team: Jamie Yeh

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

 

Getting the Word Out

 

Informational Events

PR/Marketing Team member Danielle Zbodula held a Borgen Project Info Event on Zoom. The event received a fantastic turn out!

PR/Marketing Team member Sophia Neubaum created a powerpoint to accompany for Informational Event

 

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Content Team member Sydney Stokes

Left: PR/Marketing Team member Stephanie Orea in Texas; Center: PR/Marketing Team member Julia Lupariello hung flyers in New Orleans, LA; Right: Political Affairs Team member Cory Dudka in Madison, WI

Content Team member Madeline Zuzevich

PR/Marketing Team member Siyu Liu

Left: Content Team member Emma Benson; Center: Advocate Venus Wang; Right: Regional Director Omara Castillo

Left: PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Tucker; Right: Content Team member Rachel Hernandez

PR/Marketing Team member Jonathan Roberto

HR Team member Danyell Chupp repping The Borgen Project!

Political Affairs Team members completing their One-Mile Campaign; Top left: Esau Carpenter; Top right: Irma Alonso; Bottom left: Meredith Kahan; Bottom right: Payton Little

PR/Marketing Team members Sophia Neubaum (left) and Samantha Martinez Hansen (right)

Political Affairs Team member Katherine Gagnon in Glastonbury, CT

HR Team member Minerva Ramirez

Julia Andersen, Political Affairs Team, painted rocks for her One-Mile Campaign in Point Pleasant, NJ

 

Swarms

Advocate Venus Wang held a virtual swarm with 25 people

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Omar Iniguez utilized Snapchat, a multimedia messaging app, to create a swarm of 53 people

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Zachary Leven in Atlanta, GA created a swarm to call and email Congress

More than a swarm! Nonprofit Leadership Team member Seth Duval in Philadelphia, PA had friends and families call their congressional leaders, created a bingo game to fundraise for the cause and held a Zoom call with people to mobilize Congress

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Anna Gwin created a swarm to call and email Congress

 

Letters to the Editor

 

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

Nonprofit Leadership Team

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Left: Created by Content Team member Madeline Zuzevich; Right: Created by PR/Marketing Team member Avery Fletcher

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Elizabeth Gierhart

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Samantha Martinez Hansen 

PR/Marketing Team member Laura Barriga Fernandez designed graphics for Instagram Story. Laura shared her stories to various influences and was able to get @geografans (18.7K followers) to repost on Instagram

Created by Nonprofit Leadership Team member Elise Kwan

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Madeline Agner

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Penelope Moreno

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Jamie Yeh

Left: Created by PR/Marketing Team member Sara Holm; Right: Created by Content Team member Karin Filipova

Outreach materials created by PR/Marketing Team member Riley Cronin

Interactive templates for social media created by PR/Marketing Team member Madison Kilpatrick

Created by Content Team member Rachel Hernandez

 

Fundraising

Political Affairs Team member Nelly Harb made cookies and walked throughout her neighborhood to raise money for the cause. Nelly raised $25!

Content Team member DeAndre Jakar Robinson fundraised in front of a GNC in Kalamazoo, MI

Content Team member Natascha Holenstein held a bake sale to contribute to her fundraising goal. Natascha has sold delicious treats, such as cookies, cake pops and brownies to neighbors, family and friends

Not only did Political Affairs Team member Amanda Sarmiento participate in a swimathon to downsize poverty. Amanda also made and sold apparel and face masks for her fundraising campaign

PR/Marketing Team member Parnaz Hojjati sold her artwork on Ebay to fundraise for the cause

Content Team member Sydney Stokes found a creative means to both fundraise AND mobilize her followers to take action

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Melanie Ipyam designed an Instagram Bingo to raise small donations

 

#HackingHunger

“He Developed His Dream on a Fishing Boat. Now, It’s an Anti-Poverty Movement.”

World Food Program USA spoke to Borgen Project Founder and President, Clint Borgen, in their June episode of #HackingHunger, Creating an Anti-Poverty Movement with Clint Borgen.

 

Virtual Series

The Borgen Project is working hard to shine a spotlight on the concerning threat that COVID-19 poses in countries that were already experiencing dire humanitarian crisis. Our latest virtual series event featured Borgen Project Founder and President, Clint Borgen. The conversation addressed why it’s more important than ever to activate and advocate for what’s right in this pivotal time in our nation’s history.

World Refugee Day

On June 20, we acknowledged the overwhelming adversity faced by the nearly 80 million displaced people worldwide. World Refugee Day offers a chance to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world and of the efforts to protect their human rights.

“Today, there are more than 70 million displaced people around the world, and nearly 90% of the world’s refugees live in developing countries that often struggle to provide basic services, let alone combat a global pandemic. “
– USGLC

 

Media Outreach

 

Interviews

Political Affairs Team member Sofia Siegel featured in an Alumni Spotlight interview for the Putney Student Travel to discuss The Borgen Project.

 

TikTok

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

Learn more on our website. Link in bio. ##poverty ##world ##101 ##fyp ##foryourpage ##foryoupage ##foryou ##global ##hunger ##electricity ##for ##you ##page ##help♬ Intentions (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Justin Bieber & Quavo] – Elliot Van Coup

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them to Nonprofit Leadership Team member Sharon Shenderovskiy at [email protected].

Instagram

Team members took to Instagram to voice support for the cause. Don’t forget to tag @theborgenproject in your content on Instagram:

  • David Tran, PR/Marketing Team

  • Amonn Mitchell, PR/Marketing Team

  • Riley Cronin, PR/Marketing Team

  • Lilya Hadab, PR/Marketing Team

  • Monica Littles, PR/Marketing Team

  • Dalia Nazzal, Nonprofit Leadership Team

  • Nitan Shanas, Nonprofit Leadership Team

  • Sydney Stokes, Content Team

  • Hanna Rowell, Content Team

  • Zoe Chao, Content Team

  • Paige Musgrave, Content Team

  • Matthew Hernandez, Political Affairs Team

  • Rachel Jakovac, Political Affairs Team

  • Lucy Bozinov, Political Affairs Team

  • Lara Smith, Political Affairs Team

  • Katie Scott, Political Affairs Team

  • Cecilia Payne, Political Affairs Team

  • Tara Phung, HR Team

  • Tristan Gates, HR Team

  • Gabby Rovito, HR Team

  • Gianna Bruno, HR Team

  • Xinyue Song, HR Team

  • Christina Tomala, HR Team

 

Stories:

Featured on The Borgen Project’s Instagram: A multi-series post on the End TB Not Act created by PR/Marketing Team member Siyu Liu.

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Devorah Gurevich educated her following about The Borgen Project and urged them to email Congress.

PR/Marketing Team member Kelsey Lu created a series of graphics on the crisis in Yemen that were featured on HerCampusUW’s Instagram Story

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Bernadette Dwyer in O’Fallon, IL spreading awareness about The Borgen Project on her Instagram Story

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Sharon Shenderovskiy created and shared an interactive graphic to her Instagram Story.

Influencer Outreach:

PR/Marketing Team member created a video in support of the Keeping Girls in School Act, which she shared on her Instagram. The Girls Room, an entertainment and multimedia hub for women, by women. (21.3K followers) happened to watch and interact with her IGTV video.

PR/Marketing Team member reached out to feministastic (189K followers), an organization advocating for equity, about The Borgen Project. The organization shared Sara’s graphic series to their Instagram.

Right: Content Team member Ashley Parks persuaded lifestyle influencer, Katy Belotte, to give The Borgen Project a shoutout on her Instagram Story.
Left: PR/Marketing Team member Alison Weldon messaged, Jessica Sulhee, a lifestyle content creator who found success through TikTok. Jessica shared Alison’s infographic to her Instagram Story.

Left: PR/Marketing Team member Renee St.germaine found success reaching out to a number of well-known Instagram accounts, including equalitymeansall, who shared the Keeping Girls in School Act to their Story.
Right: PR/Marketing Team member Laura Barriga successfully pitched to @ro54d on Instagram. With nearly 1 million followers, Rodrigo Garduño, posted a video about The Borgen Project on his story and saved it to his highlight “54 Donate.”

Additional Resources:
Why we need to support International COVID-19 Relief by: Elizabeth Lewis, Political Affairs Team
Global Health Security Act by: Lilya Hadab, PR/Marketing Team
Keeping Girls in School Act by: Amanda Garcia, PR/Marketing Team
Girls Lead Act by: Alexis Woodruff, PR/Marketing Team
Fast fashion: The dangerous underside of the fashion industry by Amonn Mitchell, PR/Marketing Team
How to Contact Congress by Allison Wojtowicz, PR/Marketing Team
5 ways you can contact Congress by Penelope Moreno, PR/Marketing Team

Radio and Podcasts

PR/Marketing Team member Sophia Neubaum featured in a radio interview with KUAF

 

Videos

PR/Marketing Team member Dennis Mavia on how to get involved:

Louisa Hallett, Political Affairs Team, asking the guest speaker a question in regards to the Global Health Security Act:

Will Scheffler, Political Affairs Team:

Brianna Budelli, Political Affairs Team:

Grayson Timoner, Political Affairs Team:

Nicholas Thurston, Political Affairs Team, highlighted COVID-19 and foreign affairs in his call on C-SPAN:

Elizabeth Manning, Political Affairs Team, called into C-SPAN to discuss the Global Health Security Act:

State of the Union June 2020

 

Political Updates

 

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in May: 133
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 291
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in May: 18,132
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 46,172
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 98%

 

Congressional Office Meetings

 

Livestreams

Regional Director Morgan Harden bird-doged Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) during a live event

Political Affairs Team member Nelly Harb bird-dogged Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) to cosponsor the Global Health Security Act. Soon after, Nelly received a message from Rep. Evans’ office requesting a detailed e-mail

 

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Articles of the Month:  Tuberculosis in South Africa by Danielle Barnes and How Idris Elba Is Supporting Poor Farmers During COVID-19 by Tiara Wilson

Recognition

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

      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more): Jonah McGarvey and Grace Nicholas, Political Affairs Team members
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Meredith Kahan, Grace Nicholas, James Ring and Ava Singh, Political Affairs Team members; Avinash Chauhan, Advocate; Haarika Gurivireddygari, Content Team member
      • Bird Dog Award: Nelly Harb, Political Affairs Team member
      • President’s Circle: Rachel Schwartz, John Worth, Sara Heilman, Amanda Elena Sarmiento, Sophie van Leeuwen, Ehran Hodes (4), Lydia McCoy, Justin Romer, Gregory Suber, Thomas Penland, Christopher Lisle, Sabrina Ruch and Carson Markley, Political Affairs Team members
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Jack Berexa and Hannah Martinez, Political Affairs Team members; Camila Lavadenz, PR Team member

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

Getting the Word Out

 

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Regional Director Katianna Laveaux

Political Affairs Team member Michael Villani in Westerly, RI

PR Team member Alexander Medina

Regional Director Katianna Laveaux posted flyers throughout her neighborhood: “Still Trying make a difference, despite the pandemic!”

PR Team member Elise Bordlee completed her One-Mile Campaign in Los Angeles, CA

PR Team member Alexis Woodruff

Political Affairs Team member Melia Reyther-Espinoza in Lakewood, CO

Political Affairs Team member Tyler Piekarski in Greenville, RI

Content Team member Ashley Parks created a flyer to share in her neighbor’s mailboxes to spark donations

Content Team member Jacquelyn Burrer

Regional Director Omara Castillo

Political Affairs Team member Leila Mosteika

Content Team member Stacey Krzych

Content Team member Karin Filipova

PR Team member John Duck; San Francisco, CA

 

Swarms

HR Team member Markea Gilbert created a swarm with coworkers

Regional Director Omara Castillo mobilized her community to contact Congress

 

Letters to the Editor

 

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

HR Team

In-Office Team

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Created by PR Team member Kaitlin Eve (left) and Political Affairs Team member Sydney Lantz

Created by Political Affairs Team member Sarah Fuller

PR Team member Renee St. Germaine created a series of infographics in support of poverty-reducing legislation

Created by Nonprofit Leadershiph Team member Naomi Gale (left) and PR Team member Sumiran Nigam (right)

Created by PR Team member Samantha Martinez Hansen

Created by PR Team member Sofia Fuentes

Created by Nonprofit Leadership Team member Yuchen Tan

Created by PR Team member Alexander Medina

Created by Content Team member Carlos Williams

 

Fundraising

PR Team member Kaitlin Eve created a giveaway on social media to fundraise donations

Political Affairs Team member Ava DeSantis completed yard work in exchange for donations

Political Affairs Team member Amanda Sarmiento held a virtual art-based fundraiser

PR Team member Kaitlin Benitez created a series of graphics to support her fundraising campaign

PR Team member Samantha Martinez Hansen created a bingo card for Instagram

Political Affairs Team member also created a bingo board to promote engagement

As a part of her fundraising campaign, Content Team member Molly Moline sold clay cats

Political Affairs Team member Hannah Martinez set up a Redbubble shop. 75 percent of profits earned from the shop went toward the cause

Many Borgen Project team members created and sold masks for their fundraising campaigns, such as Political Affairs Team member Olivia Pistella (bottom left), PR Team member Sarah Tucker (top left) and Political Affairs Team member Ciara Callicott (right)

 

Virtual Series

The Borgen Project is working hard to shine a spotlight on the concerning threat that COVID-19 poses in countries that were already experiencing dire humanitarian crisis. Our third virtual series event featured guest speaker and expert in global food security, Chase Sova, Senior Director of Public Policy and Research at World Food Program USA.

 

Media Outreach

Instagram

This month, The Fashion Institute of Technology’s student-run magazine, Blush Magazine, gave The Borgen Project and the Keeping Girls in School Act a shoutout. It is the success and achievement of PR Team member Danielle Zbodula.

Team members took to Instagram to voice support for the cause. Don’t forget to tag @theborgenproject in your content on Instagram:

  • Content Team member Sydney Stokes

  • Political Affairs Team member Josh Werner live streamed on Twitch to raise money and awareness for the cause

  • Political Affairs Team member Rachel Jakovac

  • HR Team member Fnu Nya

  • Content Team member Paige Musgrave

  • Poltical Affairs Team member John O’Connell

 

Borgen Project team members like Max Glennie (Political Affairs Team member) and Samantha Martinez Hansen (PR team member) found success spreading the word through activist groups and influencers on the social networking platform.

PR Team member Samantha Martinez Hansen persuaded activist account, Feminist.Yes to share her graphics in support of the Keeping Girls in School Act to their Instagram Story

Political Affairs Team member Max Glennie persuaded Sam Vicchiollo, best known on TikTok, a video-sharing social networking service, to post about The Borgen Project

 

Twitter

PR Team member Billy Egessa Khalonyere received a response from US-American television reporter, news anchor and producer, Tony Harris

Snapchat

PR Team member Kaitlin Eve created Borgen Project Snapchat filters

 

Videos

Political Affairs Team member Esau Carpenter made it onto the C-SPAN

Political Affairs Team member Payton Little was also featured on CSPAN radio

Congressman Morelle, Please Support The International Affairs Budget created by PR Team member Renee St Germaine

HR team member Alexandria Yang voiced appreciation for her family’s donations while singing “Hlub This Yog Yim.”

State of the Union April 2020

Political Updates

 

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in March: 22
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 104
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in March: 7,780
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 20,056
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 73%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Dhruv Bhardwaj (right) met with the staffers of Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA).

Political Affairs Team member Dana Kit met with two of Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) congressional staffers to discuss the International Affairs Budget and Global Child Thrive Act.

Political Affairs Team member Brett “Russell” McCraw met with Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX-17th).

Katianna Laveaux, Advocate (on the right) with Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, attended the congresswoman’s panel discussion on the census 2020.

 

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Articles of the Month: Minnesota Refugee Resettlement by Amanda Ostuni, South African Income Inequality Persists by Perry Stone Budd and The Rise and Empowerment of Female Farmers in Nepal by Taylor Pittman.

 

Recognition

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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Jordyn Garrett-Green, PR/Marketing Team member, Natalie Coyne, Political Affairs Team member, Megan Tigue, Regional Director and Laurel Sonneby, Content Team member.
      • Bird Dog Award: Advocate Katianna Laveaux, Political Affairs Team members Michael Villani, Kyle Israel Kalindjian and Daniella Cardinale-Weinberg.
      • President’s Circle: Political Affairs Team members Brett McCraw, Max Warren, Dana Kit and Alexis Page.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Political Affairs Team members Lindsey LeBaron, Matthew Nieves and Kyle Israel Kalindjian.

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

Getting the Word Out

One-Mile Campaigns

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe spread the word about global poverty in her hometown of Fort Dodge, IA. Onastacia also highlighted her campaign on Instagram (see below).

HR Team member Lauren Tetleton posted flyers surrounding Knoxville’s courthouse where many congressional leaders have an office.

HR Team member Breanne Slossar in North Carolina.

PR/Marketing Team member Jordyn Garrett-Green (center) teamed up with her family to post flyers throughout their neighborhood.

Thumbs up! PR/Marketing Team member Sylvia Fuentes posted flyers in San Francisco, CA. Sylvia even delivered a flyer to fast-casual restaurant food chain, Chipotle!

Advocate Katianna Laveaux seen posting flyers in Brooklyn, NY.

Political Affairs Team member Matt Nieves.

Presentations

Amy Ramspoth, Regional Director and HR Associate, attended a Rotary presentation (while 32 weeks pregnant) recently. It went well, despite there not being a big audience due to COVID-19.

 

Tabling Events

Regional Director Hannah Reznik held a tabling event at Flagler College in Florida. The main goal of the event was to mobilize students to email their congressional leaders in support of the International Affairs Budget. Hannah mobilized 21 students!

 

Letters to the Editor

 

Political Affairs Team

PR Team

HR Team

Content Team

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

PR/Marketing Team member Daysha Robinson advertised her virtual fundraising event.

HR Team member Valerie Yang created a graphic for social media to announce her fundraising campaign.

“Contact Congress” by Regional Director Ashley Strand.

“How Children Suffer from Poverty” by PR/Marketing Team member Adrian Jones.

“What can the U.S. do? by Regional Director Sarah Gruesser.

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created several graphics to promote The Borgen Project and her fundraising campaign.

We Fight for the Underdog and Volunteers Needed by PR/Marketing Team member Lorryn Murray.

“How The Borgen Project Operates” by PR/Marketing Team member Jordyn Garrett-Green.

 

Fundraising

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created a “Pie to End Poverty” fundraiser. For every $2.00 donation to The Borgen Project, donors could “pie” Onastacia. Onastacia created and posted a graphic to promote the fundraiser on her social media channels. “I had my sister pie me in the face for each donation, and my grandma recorded each time. I then posted the video on my Instagram and Facebook stories and tagged each donor. […] I had 6 donors and raised $12.00 in total!”

PR/Marketing Team member Vivian Priestley held a garland and silkscreen print sale to raise money for her fundraising campaign. Vivian shared the art on her Instagram Story.

Content Team member Abby Haynes’ mom runs a baking business. The two have been collaborating to raise proceeds for The Borgen Project.

Political Affairs Team member Liz Vernon held a bake sale with plenty of delicious treats.

 

Media Outreach

Blogs

PR Team member Kristina Johnson created a blog to advocate for The Borgen Project.

Instagram

Don’t forget to tag @theborgenproject in your content on Instagram

Celebrities and influencers have the perfect platform for getting the word out. Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne reached out to Afghan rapper and activist, Sonita Alizadeha, about The Borgen Project. Sonita shared a Borgen Project post highlighting the Keeping Girls in School Act to her Instagram Story.

Content Team member Janice Athill persuaded, Miss Jackson, actress and entrepreneur, to give The Borgen Project a shoutout on her Story.

Content Team member Lauren DesJardins created a series of graphics to share on her Instagram Story.

Videos

Global Poverty and The Borgen Project by PR/Marketing Team member Adrian Jones.

 

State of the Union March 2020

Political Updates

Reminder: The Senate and House are in recess next week March 16th until 20th.

This is a great time to be attending events and scheduling lobbying meetings.

 

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in February: 50
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 76
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in February: 6,825
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 12,276
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 66%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne secured meetings with Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA-14th; left) and Sen. Pat Toomey’s staffer (R-PA; right).

Natalie then managed to secure her fourth lobbying meeting with Harry Johnson II (Sen. Bob Casey’s Regional Director), where they discussed the Keeping Girls in School act.

Political Affairs Team member Lindsey LeBaron met with Rep. John Curtis (R-UT-3rd) to discuss the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.

Political Affairs Team member Emily Daly met with Rosie Driscoll, the Outreach Specialist for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), to discuss the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Political Affairs Team member Kristine Gonzalez met with Larissa L. Bailey, Central Regional Manager for Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA).

Political Affairs Team member Edward Taylor met Molly Cole, Foreign Affairs Legislative Assistant for Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D-VA-11th).

Political Affairs Team member Alexis Page met with a staff member at Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) office in Columbus, Ohio.

Regional Director Morgan Harden completed her first lobbying meeting with Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC-9th)!

Town Halls

In-Office Team member Iris Thatcher had the opportunity to meet Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at a Town Hall in Seattle, WA

Political Affairs Team member Diego Tambazidis bird dogged at a Town Hall meeting in California.

Political Affairs Team member Dana Kit seen in attendance at Rep. Tom Malinowski’s (D-NJ-7th) Town Hall meeting.

Lindsey LeBaron, Political Affairs Team member, attended a legislative networking meeting

 

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Website traffic continues to be strong, thanks to the content created by our Writers, Journalists and Editors.

 

Recognition

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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Hannah Gabrielle White, Content Team member and Jordyn Garrett-Green, PR/Marketing Team member.
      • Bird Dog Award: Alexi Santiago, Dana Kit and Lindsey LeBaron, Political Affairs Team members. YoungJu Moon, Regional Director.
      • President’s Circle: Kristine Gonzalez, Max Warren, William Butts, Lindsey LeBaron, and Natalie Coyne, Political Affairs Team members. Morgan Harden and Ashely Strand, Regional Directors.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Dhruv Bhardwaj and Kristine Gonzalez, Political Affairs Team members.
      • Articles of the Month:  The Rise and Empowerment of Female Farmers in Nepal by Taylor Pittman and  Eradicating Menstrual Huts in Nepal by Minh-Ha La.

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

Getting the Word Out

One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team member Javier Salgado disbursed flyers in local barbershops in Kissimmee, FL.

Pragya Nagpal, Political Affairs Team member, posted posters outside houses in Irving, Texas.

HR Team member Arthi Lokaiyan took a quick selfie while posting flyers around campus.

Swarm

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Chase Smith from Seattle created a swarm in support of the Global Health Security Act.

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Rebecca Collins created a swarm in support of the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Ashley Strand, Regional Director, ordered The Borgen Project stickers and pins for her mobilization activities.

 

Letters to the Editor

Regional Director

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Nonprofit Leadership team member, Avery Barela’s posters for her branding campaign.

PR/Marketing Team member Jordyn Garrett-Green.

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created a flier to use for an upcoming information event.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Jordyn Garrett-Green.

Created by Political Affairs Team member Lorryn Murray.

Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act by PR/Marketing Team member Rhea Ferrer.

 

Fundraising

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe used Instagram to create an online thrift store as a part of her fundraising campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Frankie Gaynor created Borgen Project t-shirts for her fundraiser.

HR Team member KaLee Roberge sold military patches for her campaign, each priced at $1.00. KaLee ended up selling 510 patches!

HR team member Krity Deb created paintings for her fundraising campaign.

 

Media Outreach

Videos

Political Affairs Team member Francesca Gaynor spoke on behalf of TBP to a community access TV program.

Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne presented at a city council meeting in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Instagram

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Mayaka Wimberley created a graphic to share on social media.

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created infographics to share information about The Borgen Project for her branding and fundraising campaigns on Instagram.

Memes

Meme created by Content Team member Treya Parikh.

 

State of the Union February 2020

Political Updates

 

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in January: 23
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 23
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in January: 5,451
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 5,451
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in January: 66%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Dhruv Bhardwaj, met with a staffer for Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-CA-39).

Dhruv also attended Rep. Cisneros’ Town Hall meeting.

Political Affairs Team member Brendan Noffsinger met with Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) Director of Constituent Service. Brendan spoke in support of the IAB and the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Political Affairs Team member Diego Tambazidis attended a Town Hall meeting held by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-5th) and Rep. Mark DeSaulner (D-CA-11th).

Political Affairs Team member Anabel Paco-Cano met with Miguel Otero, Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL-25th).

On January 23, Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne met with Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16th) to discuss the IAB and the Keeping Girls in School Act. “[Rep. Kelly] was shocked that legislative staff from the offices of those who are already co-sponsoring did not get in contact with his legislative staff. He […] told me (verbally) that upon returning to session next week, they will go through the process to co-sponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act.” On January 24, Rep. Kelly became a cosponsor for H.R.2153 reaffirming the power of meeting with Congress.

Regional Director Ashley Strand met with Ali Isse, Deputy District Director to Rep. Ilhan Ilhan (D-MN-5th) to speak in support of the Keeping Girls in School Act and the Global Health Security Act.

Political Affairs Team member Kristine Gonzalez met with Jay Ostrich, District Director to Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-10th). The two discussed the IAB and Global Child Thrive Act. Kristine provided the District Director, an army veteran, with the benefits of foreign aid from a military perspective.

Political Affairs Team member Alex Rohana caught a selfie after meeting with John Nobrega in DC, Foreign Policy LA to Sen. Jack Reed’s (D-RI).

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Website traffic is off to a great start for the year, thanks to the content created by our writers, journalists and editors. Ever wondered who is reading your work? Here is a breakdown of visitors to the site by country:

 

Recognition

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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Anna Langlois, Content Team member and Pragya Nagpal, PR/Marketing Team member.
      • Bird Dog Award: Diego Tambazidis, Dhruv Bhardwaj and YoungJu Moon, Political Affairs Team members.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Danielle Richardson, Political Affairs Team member.
      • Articles of the Month:  The Success of Malaria Prevention in India by James Turner and Lowering the Maternal Mortality Rates in Haiti by Arielle Pugh

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

Getting the Word Out

 

One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team member Jessica Alvarado completed her One-Mile Campaign in Bay Shore, NY: “I went to my favorite childhood park, where all my friends and I grew up. It has an indoor pool, so a lot of families go there on the weekends to swim. I went around the entire park giving out printed fliers to any passerby I saw […]. I spoke to some parents and even some kids who looked to be in middle school. “

Content Team member Elizabeth Yusuff put together this flier noting different ways to help the cause.

PR/Marketing Team member Alina Silvana Meletta hung up fliers throughout the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. Fliers were accompanied by chalk art on sidewalks.

Swarm

Swarm time! Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne and friends ready to email their congressional leaders on The Borgen Project website.

Letters to the Editor

 

Political Affairs Team

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Infographics created by PR/Marketing Team member Alina Meletta.

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Chase Smith displayed his posters around the Seattle area to raise awareness for The Borgen Project.

Find this image by PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe on our Instagram!

 

Fundraising

As a part of her fundraising campaign, Regional Director Ehina Srivastava held a bake sale that generated $200.

Content Team member Emily Oomen hosted an art night for a fundraising event.

 

Media Outreach

Instagram

PR/Marketing Team member Kristina Johnson posted this photo to her Instagram page to introduce followers to the organization.

Through social engagement, Regional Director Sarah Gruesser got one Instagram, “interracialactivits,” to give The Borgen Project and the Keeping Girls in School Act a feature.

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created a graphic for the Keeping Girls in School Act to share on her Instagram story.

 

State of the Union January 2020

Best of 2019

Every year, The Borgen Project selects one member from each team who went above and beyond in their work with the organization. This year, we asked eight team members, “What motivated you to go the extra mile?”

Regional Director, Julian Mok 

A strong force in the fight to end global poverty, Julian began her time with The Borgen Project as a writer, fundraising over $1,000 for the cause. Following the completion of her internship, Julian was offered the role of Regional Director on the Political Team and held 3 successful lobbying meetings with her Members of Congress. Now, Julian is on her third volunteer contract with The Borgen Project! “I go the extra mile because I know whatever work I put in is minute compared to the hardships of those living in poverty. I contribute however I can to help solve the problem of global poverty.”

Political Affairs Team, Emma Smith

Emma surpassed the internship requirements and secured 5 lobbying meetings. Following Emma’s meeting with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12th), the Congresswoman cosponsored the Keeping Girls in School Act, proving the power of advocacy. Emma also completed 2 bird dogs, called into CSPAN and fundraised over $2,000. “My main motivation was being able to create sustainable, positive change across the globe simply by using my voice and speaking on behalf of those who cannot […] The Borgen Project helped me to enact real change with tangible results, such as gaining cosponsors for bills, which motivated me even further to fight for the world’s poor.”

HR Team, Jasmine Hooper 

Jasmine was an invaluable resource for the HR Team and maintained the organization’s Indeed postings. Following the internship, Jasmine volunteered at a small village in Tanzania where she donated Borgen Project t-shirts.

She was motivated to go the extra mile because, “I wanted to make an impact on the world. The Borgen Project gave me an opportunity to do that, and I didn’t want to waste that opportunity.”

 

 

PR/Marketing Team, Ashley Strand

Ashley made extraordinary leaps to fight global poverty by partnering with local NGOs for fundraising, using social media as a tool to inform and assisting with media content creation. Through the course of the internship, Ashley created over 50 infographics for The Borgen Project. What motivated Ashley? “Knowing that what I did would have at least some impact on the lives of others, even if it’s something I’m not able to see firsthand or be directly impacted by […] With small steps, changes can be made.”

 

Content Team, Brena Stanski 

This brilliant writer mobilized over 50 people to fight global poverty and fundraised over $1,500 for the cause. Breana said her motivation in the internship was realizing the impact one can make on the world. 

“Writing articles pertaining to poverty reduction efforts, reaching out to my friends and family about supporting U.S. aid legislation, as well as receiving positive responses from my congressional leaders through correspondence, has resulted in me feeling as though I can truly making a positive difference in the world.”

Advocacy Team, Kristina Pecora 

As a part of the Advocacy Team, Kristina made great strides with lobbying meetings and fundraising. During her 12 weeks with The Borgen Project, Kristina secured 3 meetings and fundraised over $900 to end global poverty. “What motivates me? In addition to the cause itself and that warm, fuzzy feeling when one is doing good, is feedback. “What really motivates me is feedback […] [It] lets me know I’m making some kind of impact.” 

In-Office Team, MacKenzie Dougan 

During her time with us, MacKenzie raised $754 and attended a group meeting with Senator Murray’s office. All this whilst ensuring that all team member’s fundraising letters were sent out, donations tracked as well as being the face of the organization, speaking with visitors to the office and answering questions about the organization. “The Borgen Project’s mission to advocate for the United States to address poverty worldwide is a worthy and valuable pursuit. This goal was very motivating because it allowed me to be involved and to advocate for something close to my heart. I have seen poverty first hand in South Africa and appreciated the chance to feel empowered to make real change through this internship. Each day, I reflected on how much time I had been able to put into fighting for the world’s poor, and that motivated me to work even harder the next day.” 

 

Top Fundraiser: Sophia Wanyonyi

As an intern for the Content Team, based in Kenya, Sophia became the top fundraiser in the organization’s history, raising more than $5,000 (508,000 Kenyan shillings) for the cause! Sophia sought out creative means to fundraise, organizing both a dance party and a whiskey party for friends and family to attend: “I thought that the best way to get people to give would be by making it fun for them […] I always strive to go the extra mile in all I do. It is a lesson that was taught to me pretty early on in life, by my parents and at school. Everything I do, I try to give it my all.” 

 

These are just a few of our wonderful team members who helped to fight global poverty in 2019. With your help, we will continue to advocate on behalf of the world’s poor in 2020 and beyond!

Political Updates

 

Global Fragility Act and End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act Pass Congress!

Last month, Congress passed its final State and Foreign Operations budget bill for FY2020. The foreign affairs spending package included the Global Fragility Act and the End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act. Both bills were signed into law on Friday, December 20th!

None of these achievements would be possible without your advocacy and dedication to the cause. Congratulations!

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in December: 23
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 762
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775
  • Bills passed in 2019: 2

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in December: 3,007
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2019: 98,249
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in December: 99%

Congressional Office Meetings

Regional Director Gaytri Riya Vasa met with Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX-3rd) to discuss the Malala Scholarship Act which passed in the House soon after.

Political Affairs Team member Robert Contraction met with Hannah Benson, New Bedford Staff Rep. to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The two discussed the International Affairs Budget and the End Tuberculosis Now Act.

Volunteer Team member Hannah Reznik met with John Hollinrake, Regional Director to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).

 

 

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Thanks to all the hard work of our Content Team members, we smashed our goal of having 5 million visitors to borgenproject.org in 2019. A grand total of 6.9 million people visited the site. Well done everyone. 

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

 

The Borgen Project on Twitter

We received a shoutout tweet from Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Yousafzai’s father, in support of The Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act. The legislation will ensure that the next generation of Pakistani women have the chance to receive an education and provide for their families, communities and country.

The Borgen Project on Buzzfeed

6 Myths About Poverty, Busted
PR Team member Alina Meletta addresses the most common preconceptions and myths about global poverty in a December feature on Buzzfeed Community

 


Letters to the Editor

 

PR/Marketing Team
Nonprofit Leadership Team

 

One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team member Mehak Rajpal completed her 1-Mile Campaign in Los Angeles, CA

Political Affairs Team member Louisa Whitaker also completed her campaign in Los Angeles, CA

In-Office Team member Grace Whitten completed her campaign at the University of Washington in Seattle

Political Affairs Team member Kyle Coburn posted QR codes on the campus of the University of Delaware’s main street

 

Tabling Events

HR Team member Michael Nguyen of Austin,  TX took a one-mile radius around the UT Tower near the center of his campus and posted flyers on the provided billboards. Michael also created a swarm with his friends.

PR/Marketing Team member Hannah Pennant held an End Global Poverty event.

 

Other  Ideas

Political Affairs Team member Louisa Whitaker wrote in pizza boxes for the delivery drivers she works with to take to customer’s houses.

HR Team member Juan Gonzalez of Rexburg, ID printed out QR codes and placed them around campus. The QR code led to The Borgen Project website.

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Created by HR Team member Michael Nguyen

Content Team member Michelle White created a business card to garner donations for The Borgen Project.

 

Fundraising

 

Over the holiday season, Political Affairs Team member Mahzarin Mistry held a “Thanksgiving Throwdown” fundraiser with family and friends: “The premise of the fundraiser was to dish out the same amount of food on everyone’s plate. The last person to finish, or not finish at all, had to donate to my online fundraising campaign. Most people tried to finish, but to no avail.”

 

 

 

State of the Union December 2019

Political Updates

Great News!

On December 3rd, the End Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Act (H.R. 3460) passed in the House of Representatives! But our work on this bill isn’t over. Now, let’s turn our attention to the Senate to get this legislation across the finish line. Let your Senators know the importance of scaling up USAID’s NTD Program to control and/or eliminate global NTDs.

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in November: 31
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 729
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in November: 4,488
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2019: 95,242
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in November: 99%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Lisa Drabkin met with Rep. Brad Sherman’s (D-CA-30th) District Director, Scott Abrams.

Content Team member Susan Niz met with Katy Von Rosenberg, Regional Director and Service Academy Coordinator for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Whilst the majority of our website visitors and article readers are from the U.S., you might be surprised by some of the other nations in the top 10:

 

Recognition

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

      • Big Kahuna Award (raised $5,000 or more): Sophia Wanyonyi, Content Team member
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Lauren Householder, HR Team member; Louisa Whitaker, Political Affairs Team member
      • President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Susan Niz, Content Team member; Angus Gracey, Political Affairs Team member
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Jacob Lang, Political Affairs Team member; Anisha Jintoorkar, Political Affairs Team member
      • Article of the Month: One Day’s Wages Can Fight Global Poverty by Jordan Miller

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

Getting the Word Out

Content Team member Trey Ross

Take action now! Political Affairs Team member Callaway Louck shared the image to her Instagram: “You elected them, now it’s your job to let your Congressional leaders know what issues are most important to you. Email Congress today!”

 

One-Mile Campaigns

Content Team member Andrea Duleux posted Borgen Project flyers in Madrid, Spain!

Political Affairs Team member Cynthia Jaimes in College Station, TX

PR/Marketing Team member Venus Nguyen

Political Affairs Team member Michelle Dickson and her dog Dixie during her 1-mile campaign in Washington D.C.

Political Affairs Team member Defne Ersoy during her 1-mile campaign in Los Angeles, CA

Political Affairs Team member Isabelle Pinzon in Knoxville, TN

Political Affairs Team member Grace Dean in Los Angeles, CA

 

Swarm

Political Affairs Team member Irma Crawford held a swarm in Central Park!

Political Affairs Team member Louisa Whitaker created a swarm at work and mobilized people to call Congress.

 

Letters to the Editor

 

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Political Affairs Team member Taylor Swift

PR/Marketing Team member Jeanne Alix created a series of flyers for her branding campaign

 

 

Fundraising

Content Team member Janet Abou Elias held a henna and bake sale fundraiser for The Borgen Project with The Arab Student Association at the University of Texas

Content Team member Sophia Wanyonyi held a whiskey party that successfully raised $711 from selling drinks, snacks, and collecting donations

 

Media Outreach

Videos

Political Affairs Team member Mazi Mistry called into C-SPAN: “I was able to talk about The Borgen Project and the atrocities occurring at the Southern border with regards to DACA and the Keep Families Together Act.”

 

 

 

 

State of the Union November 2019

 

Political Updates

 

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in October: 65
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 696
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in October: 5,917
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2019: 90,754
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in October: 99%

Congressional Office Meetings

Content Team member Trey Ross completed her first lobbying meeting! Trey met with Jaci Winship, the Senior Community Liaison for Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO). The two discussed The Borgen Project, increasing funding for the International Affairs Budget and the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Warren’s Address

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

 

Content Team Updates

Year to date our website has had 6 million visitors!  With a 2019 goal of 5 million visitors, we have smashed it! Well done everyone.

The Borgen Project received a shoutout in an article on Bustle featuring Harry Styles. Take a look: Harry Styles Tweeted A Link To This Mysterious Website & Twitter’s Experiencing A Collective Moment

Recognition

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

      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more): Olivia Heale and Sophia Wanyonyi from the Content Team; Michelle Dickson from the Political Affairs Team member.
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Sophia Wanyonyi, Content Team member; Angus Gracey, Political Affairs Team member; Ryan B. Holman, Content Team Member; Angus Gracey Political Affairs Team member and Madison Botsch, PR/Marketing Team member.
      • President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Marisa Anopolsky, Jacob Lang and Isabelle Pinzon from the Political Affairs Team.
      • Bird Dog Award: Mahzarin Mistry, Political Affairs Team member.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Alina Shivji, PR/Marketing Team member (55); Maggie Aulman, PR/Marketing Team member (50). Elisabeth Drabkin, Political Affairs Team member (50).
      • Article of the Month: The Importance of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 by Sarah Frazer

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

Getting the Word Out

 

One-Mile Campaigns

HR Team member Jie (Caroline) Jing completed her 1-Mile Campaign around the Minnesota State Capitol.

HR Team member Taryn Woodburn’s 1-Mile campaign took place around Ted Cruz’s office in Houston, TX.

HR Team member Ariel St. Claire held her 1-Mile Campaign in Spokane, WA.

Political Affairs Team member Kevin Chiang

PR/Marketing Team member Courtney Palmersheim

PR/Marketing Team member Chika Okoye

Political Affairs Team member Anthony Dolmat

With a little help from her sons, HR Team member Sherice Banks completed her 1-Mile Campaign at a city park in Oklahoma.

 

Letters to the Editor

 

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

Advocates

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Political Affairs Team member Mehak Rajpal created a flier as an aid to hand out during presentations to classes and student organizations.

PR/Marketing Team member Jeanne Alix: “The bill will cut child deaths by 50 percent. Education is one of the most valuable resources when it comes to saving children’s lives. Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of death for children under five largely due to many mothers’ lack of education on proper hygiene, health and nutrition. According to UNESCO, if all women received secondary education, it would cut in half the number of child deaths and save three million lives. When provided with an education, mothers are able to raise their children in a healthier way because they have the knowledge necessary to provide them with a higher quality of life.”

“The good and the bad: The progress we’ve made and where we can do better” by PR/Marketing Team member Timothy Linton

PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand highlights stats around the world.

Information Events

PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand tabled at HTC to fundraise and inform individuals about the organization.

PR/Marketing Team member Cindy Mendoza held an info event in Seattle on the University of Washington’s campus.

Fundraising

PR/Marketing Team member Madison Botsch raised over $300 from her cookie sale.

Content Team member Trey Ross hosted friends in her backyard for a dinner party and summit to discuss The Borgen Project. Trey raised $840 from combining two of her biggest passions – sharing the message for bipartisan efforts to downsize global poverty and throwing a big party! “It was awesome getting to tell my closest friends how lifting communities out of poverty can actually benefit us here at home, since they had never thought about it that way before. I made a ton of delicious appetizers and served cocktails.”

PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand hosted a trivia night to fundraise for her campaign. Ashley has also created an Ebay account to sell inventory. A portion of the funds will go to The Borgen Project.

Content Team member Sophia Wanyonyi, based in Kenya, held a dance party in October. Sophia raised $1,188 by selling drinks and snacks as well as collecting donations. Way to go, Sophia!

Political Affairs Team member Jacob Lang fundraising. His caption was: ‘There’s nothing “sweeter” than working to solve global poverty.’ A donation of $1.50 = one guess in this jelly bean raffle!

Political Affairs Team member Rupkatha Banerjee organized a concert as a part of her fundraising campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Mehak Rajpal held a bake sale on-campus. Mehak shared the photo to her Instagram story to help spread the word.

Media Outreach

 

Videos

PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand shows us how easy it is to e-mail Congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State of the Union October 2019

Political Updates

 

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in September: 73
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 615
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in September: 7,178
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2019: 84,837
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in September: 99%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Ryan Lee met with legislative staffer to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Political Affairs Team member Brooke Leandra-Hope Johnson after meeting with Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) staffer Corrine Paul.

Political Affairs Team member Frances Herndon met with Staffer Caroline Diaz-Barigga, Lead Constituent Service, and Evann Freeman, Field Representative for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) at their Nashville office.

Warren’s Address

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

Content Team Updates

New record alert! 795,483 people visited borgenproject.org in September. That’s 140,000 people more than the previous record. Over 5.2 million people have visited the website thus far this year. Great job everyone!

Recognition

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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Amanda Buster, Political Affairs Team member; Hannah Stewart, Content Team member; Rupkatha Banerjee, Political Affairs Team member; Trey Ross, Content Team member;  Douglas Burnham, HR Team member, Michelle Dickson, Political Affairs Team member.
      • President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Political Affairs Team members Olivia Anderson, Avery Ngo, Matthew Hendricks, Malasia Williams, Charles Zinn, Emilee Kerr, Joshua Angelo and Marisa Anopolsky.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Manan Shah, Political Affairs Team member (64); Madison Botsch, PR/Marketing Team member (56).
      • Article of the Month: Electricity Alleviates Poverty Through the Electrify Africa Act by Peter Trousdale

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

Getting the Word Out

 

Mobilizing

Regional Director Madison Gaffney tabled at her school’s student center and held an information session on how to get involved with The Borgen Project.

Advocate Kristina Pecora created a swarm during Peer Supervision, a professional biweekly meeting held as a check-in on group practice happenings, consultation on clients, and personal goals/achievements.

 

One-Mile Campaigns

HR Team member Victor Vera’s  1-Mile Campaign was a success! The campaign was done within the proximity of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) office building.
Victor even managed to walk passed Sen. Klobuchar, who took notice of his campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Bela Urbina completing her 1-Mile Campaign

Political Affairs Team member Christina Agostino

Political Affairs Team member Karen Manu

Content Team member Trey Ross

With help from a friend, Political Affairs Team member Maris Thomson (left) posted 200 flyers within the mile around the Capitol building in Raleigh, NC.

Political Affairs Team member Olivia Anderson

Content Team member Yael Litenatsky

 

Letters to the Editor

 

Political Affairs Team

Content Team

HR Team

PR/Marketing Team

Advocates

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Created by Political Affairs Team member Hannah White

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Gruesser

 

Information Events

Political Affairs Team member Charles Zinn spoke and networked at the PICS Event that he attended last week:

 

Fundraising

PR/Marketing Team member Yangcheng Zhou cooked dinner for friends as part of his fundraising campaign.

 

Political Affairs Team member Jacob Lang used the Wag! app to fundraise for his campaign. A fantastic way to combine a love for dogs with ending global poverty!

HR Team member Michelle Mwinzin made a variety of bracelets to sell as a part of her fundraising campaign.

 

Media Outreach

Instagram

PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Gruesser persuaded an account to post about TBP on Instagram

PR/Marketing Team member, Maggie Aulman, had a piece written about her time with The Borgen Project.

Videos

Political Affairs Team member Sophia Serafin complete her One-Mile Campaign:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State of the Union September 2019

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in August: 86
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 443
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775

Advocacy Emails

  • Number of Advocacy Emails in August: 12,951
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in August: 98%

Congressional Office Meetings

Charles also met with Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-D-2nd) at his Northampton office. The two discussed the Keeping Girls in School Act and the International Affairs budget, as well as his recent travels to the Northern Triangle countries.

Political Affairs Team members Keely Dion (left) and Jack Bracher (right) met with Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA-D-4th).

Political Affairs Team members Josie Peplinski (left) and Keily Ramirez (right) met with Sen. Thom Tillis’ staffer James Estes (R-NC) in Charlottesville, NC.

Political Affairs Team member Sean Li met with Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D-NJ-6th) staffer, Kevin Ospina, at his office in New Brunswick. Rep. Pallone voted in support of The Global Fragility Act and supports an increase in the International Affairs Budget.

Political Affairs Team members Silvia Burian (left) and Breanna Green (right) met with Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) LA Abigail Watkins.

Political Affairs Team member Zach Brown had a great meeting with Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) staff to discuss the Global Fragility Act.

Political Affairs Team member Charles Zinn (right) met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) Regional Director Nyanna Slaughter and a staffer to discuss the Global Fragility Act and the United States Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act.

 

Town Halls and Events

Political Affairs Team member Kother Maru (left) attended Rep. Hank Johnson’s (GA-D-4th) Rise for Refuge Town Hall. Kother: “Congressman Johnson spoke on the GRACE Act, and I was able to speak with him again as well as Councilman Eyasu. On the subject of the GRACE Act and refugee crisis, I urged Congressman Johnson to consider supporting the International Affairs Budget in order to alleviate the high influx of people who seek refuge in America because of extreme poverty and/or violence. I pointed out to him that if Trump’s Administration does not allow any refugees next year (as they have announced), as a Congressman, he should be prepared to help them out still by increasing foreign aid to these impoverished countries.”

Advocate Tomas Del Campo attended a town hall for Julian Castro

HR Team member Geethapriya Kumaraguru attended an event for Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-D-7th) and told her about The Borgen Project (to which the Representative was very familiar). Geethapriya asked Rep. Jayapal to support the International Affairs Budget.

Political Affairs Team member, Sophia Serafin, attended Rep. Eshoo’s town hall meeting in Redwood City. Watch this video of her bird-dogging.

Warren’s Address

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

Content Team Updates

Website traffic this year has been incredible, thanks to the content created by our Content Team members.

Recognition

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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  Political Affairs Team members Jacob Bridges, Taylor Hawkins, Xavier Celestino, William Liscomb and  Juan Artega. PR Team member Jillian Turkmany and Breana Stanski from the Content Team.
      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more): Political Affairs Team members Emma Smith and Martina Rethman.
      • President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Political Affairs Team members Dante Smith, Abigail Mescher, Candice Schofield, Liana Wang, Charles Zinn, Gillian Jijon, Madison Gonzalez, Suzan Nassar, Lujain Alotaibi, Matthew Powell, Roshan Natarajan, Harry Keller, Gifty Agana, Taylor Hawkins, Breanna Green, Meredith Walker,
        Molly Logan, Will Wise, Jessica Martinez, Ryan Kerestesy, Ryan Hodge, Jonathan Molina, Erika Chun, Henry Chandonnet, Sarah Clark, Nate Braun, Kother Maru, Emily Young, Patrick Benka, Jenna Tracy, Tyler Meyer, Michaela Murray, Juan Artega, McKenna Holtz, Ben Brown, Samantha Levy, Rachel Warren, 
        Patrick Morrison, Farrah Hassan and Maris Thomson.
      • Public Outreach Award (30 or more people mobilized): Gabriella Gonzalez, Content Team Member and from the Political Affairs Team, YoungJu Moon, Sophia Serafin, Patrick Benka, Avery Ngo, Ben Brown, Nate Braun, Ann Fulton and Josie Peplinski.
      • Bird-Dog Award: Geethapriya Kumaraguru, HR Team member and from the Political Affairs Team Keily Ramirez, Josie Peplinski, Ava Pecora, Avery Ngo, Sophia Serafin, YoungJu Moon, Hannah White and Danielle Moore. 
      • Article of the Month: Julian Mok, Staple Crop Biofortification Might Be the Key to Solving Hidden Hunger

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

Getting the Word Out

Mobilizing

PR/Marketing Team member Mathilde Henriksen hosted a Borgen Project information event in Norway.

HR Team member Geethapriya Kumaraguru went to Red Square at the University of Washington to inform fellow students about The Borgen Project.

Political Affairs Team member Suzan Nassar spoke to a Rotary Club about The Borgen Project.

Political Affairs Team member Rachel Rose Komanapalli pictured presenting at a Rotary Club.

HR Team member Chelsea Prechel dressed as an alien to create attention for The Borgen Project.

 

One-Mile Campaigns

A success! HR Team member Geethapriya Kumaragurus’ One-Mile Campaign took place at the Seattle Japanese Garden where she spoke to over 40 people about The Borgen Project.

Political Affairs Team member Gillian Jijon beginning her One-Mile Campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Suzan Nassar also had a successful One-Mile Campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Gifty Agana completed her One-Mile Campaign in Arizona.

Political Affairs Team member Morgane Laine hung posters at a nearby Target to bolster attention for global poverty.

PR/Marketing Team member Sydney Downes hung posters at intersections with high foot traffic.

Political Affairs Team member Taylor Hawkins is ready to go!

PR Team member Mathilde Henriksen completed her One-Mile Campaign in Norway.

Content Team member Kristen Bastin hanging posters for her campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Megan Takeda out spreading the word!

Political Affairs Team member Will Wise completed his One-Mile Campaign in New York.

Political Affairs Team member Ryan Lee completing his One-Mile Campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Jessica Martinez out hanging posters.

Political Affairs Team members Erika Chun (left) and Ryan Hodge (right) teamed up to complete their One-Mile Campaign in California.

Political Affairs Team member Keely Dion is ready to go!

Political Affairs Team members Jourdan Jones (left) and Indie Lau (right) both completed their One-Mile Campaign in Seattle, WA!

Political Affairs Team members Amy Ramspoth (left) and Ana Sofia Batista (right) completed the One-Mile Campaign together in Texas.

Political Affairs Team member Minh Vo completed his Campaign in Indiana.

Political Affairs Team member Nicole Kerrigan has her posters ready.

Political Affairs Team member Will Liscomb completed his Campaign in Connecticut.

Political Affairs Team member Samantha Levy got creative for her campaign!

Check out The Borgen Project chalk art created by Political Affairs Team member Amanda Scribner.

HR Team member Grace Graves received a little help for her One-Mile Campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Josh Loritz hanging posters on street signs.

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

“What is the Reach Every Mother and Child Act?” by PR/Marketing Team member Chika Okoye

“Global Poverty is Down” by PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand

“Lobbying 101” by PR/Marketing Team member Kelvin Slaughter

“Reduce Global Poverty” by PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand

Fundraising

Political Affairs Team member Madison Daley hosted a 5K Run/Walk for The Borgen Project.

Content Team member Daria Locher held a Dog Ice Cream fundraiser. Daria successfully raised $75 from the event.

Political Affairs Team member Rupkatha Banerjee organized a fundraising concert as a portion of her campaign.

HR Team member Taryn Woodburn held a raffle fundraiser to fight for the underdog!

Keily Ramirez and Josie Peplinski, Political Affairs Team members, organized a joint fundraiser at Jason’s Deli.

Media Outreach

Radio Interviews

Political Affairs Team member Jessica Martinez had a radio interview with Marc Radio Group! MRG manages several local radio stations in Gainesville, FL. Listen below:

 

Where Are They Now?

Following her internship with The Borgen Project, former HR Team member Jasmine Hooper volunteered at a village in Africa. Jasmine donated Borgen Project t-shirts to the villagers. Check out the photos below: