BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
This summer I'm working as a Writer Intern for The Borgen Project; I write a few articles a week for the organization’s blog and magazine. If you’re not familiar with the nonprofit, I highly encourage you to spend some time at BORGEN Magazine or check out some of my articles (I’ve posted a few on Facebook)… It’s a very impressive and effective organization, and I’m really enjoying being part of it.
As part of my internship, I’m working to raise $500 for The Borgen Project. I ask that you consider making a contribution so that we can build and maintain our advocacy efforts. Your gift would not only address the critical global issue of poverty, but also allow for me, and others like me, to develop skills and experience related to making a positive and lasting change in the world.
Please consider joining me in one or both ways below:
1. Donate. It’s quick, simple and great for boosting your karma levels.
2. Mobilize. I really want to multiply my impact and it’s going to take all hands on deck to succeed. Even if you just reach out to a few people and find two individuals to contribute that would greatly help!
Thank you in advance!
P.S.- Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about aid and donations. Hope they help!
Doesn’t corruption in developing nations prevent aid from reaching the most impoverished people?
While corruption exists nearly everywhere, including the United States, it is by no means a justification for ignoring the plight of the world’s poor. In recent years, experts have developed numerous strategies for bypassing corruption and ensuring that the world’s most vulnerable people receive assistance. The United States even set up a funding program that requires countries to address corruption before they can receive assistance. This ensures that aid coming from the United States goes directly to the people.
Why should the United States address poverty abroad when we have it here?
These are not competing interests. Our foreign policy should be focused on international poverty because it’s the right thing to do and because it’s in our strategic interest. And for the same reasons our domestic policy should focus on poverty at home.
But why is it in the strategic interest of the United States?
The world’s poor are now viewed as the largest untapped market on earth. As people transition from barely surviving into being consumers of goods and products, U.S. companies gain new populations to which they can market their products. Many corporations have already benefited substantially from the poverty reduction that has occurred in India, China, and other parts of the world, and they realize that their future earnings are tied to whether or not U.S. leadership is working to reduce global poverty.
Also, defense experts view global poverty as a threat to the United States. Poverty creates desperate people and unstable conditions. As the National Security Strategy of the United States says, “A world where some live in comfort and plenty, while half of the human race lives on less than $2 a day, is neither just nor stable.”
Okay, but why should I donate to a non-profit that focuses on advocacy instead of donating directly to the cause?
THE PER-DOLLAR IMPACT OF INNOVATIVE ADVOCACY
$5,000: Amount an aid agency needs to build one freshwater well that provides 250 people with clean drinking water.
$2,000: Amount we need to meet directly with 70 congressional offices and build support for a bill that will provide 100 million people with access to clean drinking water (Water for the World Act).
…Advocacy in a Nut Shell: With the amount an aid agency needs to assist hundreds of people, The Borgen Project is able to shape policy that helps millions of people.
From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted was achieved by advocacy. When the public is engaged, informed, and mobilized around an issue, that is the tipping point where justice occurs. The Borgen Project is delivering justice for the world’s poor and working with leaders of the most powerful nation on earth to right the long-preventable wrong of 16,000 children dying each day from hunger.