BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
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My name is Paula Acevedo and I am currently a writer intern at The Borgen Project, a nonprofit working to fight global poverty.
While there are many nonprofits working toward ending global poverty, I chose to intern with the Borgen Project because they work with the most powerful leaders of our country to influence how much is spent in foreign aid. They do this by sending our President, Clint Borgen to Washington, D.C. to hold over 90 meetings with members of Congress to gain support for current bills such as the Global Food Security Act, the Food for Peace Reform Act and the Electrify Africa Act.
The entire weeklong trip of 90 meetings with members of Congress costs $2,000, of which our President doesn't receive a salary for. Borgen ran the campaign unpaid for the first 10 years (since 2003), working a second job for income. The organization consists of volunteers in over 300 cities, 2 full-time paid staffers and 4 part-time paid staffers. It operated in donated office space for the first 7 years. Watch a behind the scenes look at the Borgen Project on Capitol Hill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=136&v=riO64VmIdwM
On average, Americans believe 25% of the federal budget goes to foreign aid, and ironically think it should be “slashed” to only 10%. In 1970, the world’s richest countries agreed to give 0.7% of their gross national income as official international development aid. Most rich countries have failed to reach this reasonable goal, but five countries have exceeded the target: Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The U.S. is ranked toward the bottom at 0.2%.
View a Record of Congressional Meetings: http://borgenproject.org/congressional-meeting-list/
To learn more about the history of the Borgen Project, please watch this KOMO 4 News Documentary of Clint Borgen and how it all began http://borgenproject.org/komo4/
Please consider donating to a great cause and helping me end world poverty! If you're interested in learning more go to our home page at http://borgenproject.org.