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The Borgen Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, International Relief

Mission: The Borgen Project creates the public and political will needed to address global poverty. The organization educates the public and political leaders about issues surrounding severe poverty.

Geographic areas served: The Borgen Project fights global poverty.

Programs: The borgen project educates the public about ways global poverty can be reduced and how they can take action. In 2017, volunteers in 754 u. S. Cities were working to address poverty. In 2017 over 3. 4 million people visited borgenproject. Org to learn about the issues and take action. Over 18,000 people applied to volunteer at the borgen project.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with the Borgen Project for almost six months now. During my time with them, I've been fortunate enough to work with some great people for an even greater cause! Everyday I'm learning more about how I can do my part to raise awareness for this amazing cause!!

Kristina M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love TheBorgenProject - as an organization, it is caring and supportive, works to make the world better, supports bipartisanship, and uses the power of communication to make broad, lasting changes for those in need.

I volunteered with The Borgen Project from September to December 2019 as a Political Intern. I learned so much during the experience, like how to effectively lobby my members of Congress, how to have constructive discussions about international affairs during a time of domestic focus, and how to push through the "no"'s to get to "yes". I am a better advocate because of their relentless dedication to educate and encourage me (and the team) through the short 3 months.

I was also very impressed with the Leadership Team when they reached out to me for a workshop. I was a new intern, but I have professional experience in coaching toward habit change. They noticed this and asked for a refresher. I felt honored, but even more so I could see how these leaders work hard to be their best selves, changing their own routines to continually improve. This kind of culture is rare in advocacy, and is a crucial element to making this organization grow!

I highly recommend The Borgen Project to volunteers of any age who want to advocate, learn, grow, and contribute.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for the Borgen Project as a political affairs intern during this past summer. This was a unique experience for me as I had never worked for a nonprofit before, but I quickly realized the value in having nonprofits performing at this caliber. This organization gives so many talented and charismatic individuals the chance to utilize their college education to better the world. (My particular position entailed fundraising, mobilization, lobbying, research and collaboration.) Its message is simple- to downsize poverty- to assist those in need, primarily those living on less than $2 per day. This such an incredible organization that not only aims to make the world a more equitable and just place, but it also reminds individuals of the power and value of democracy.

Ashley S.13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did a marketing/pr internship with The Borgen Project and it was an amazing opportunity that helped me learn a lot and grow in many ways that I hadn't thought I would before. By creating my own branding campaign, mobilizing the public, reaching out to political leaders, fundraising, and other activities, I was able to not only grow my skills in marketing and working within the nonprofit industry, but I got to be a part of an organization that is really working to do good, and truly wants to enact change in our world.
Getting to work to educate others on matters like global poverty isn't what I would have expected to be doing, but The Borgen Project has helped me realize the importance of such a task and how it all affects not only the people living in these conditions, but all of us.
Everyone deserves a safe home, a good education, and access to health care. That's what they're trying to get our leaders to work on, and that's why I support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at The Borgen Project in an editorial capacity, and got the opportunity to work on a variety of high-quality and impactful articles focused on the nonprofit’s mission to create awareness about global poverty. It was a great experience working in Kim Thelwell’s team; we had biweekly team meetings where we discussed updates and exchanged best practices, which I found incredibly useful. Every one in the team is extremely professional and supportive, and I genuinely felt like I was contributing my time and skills to a nonprofit that is making tremendous positive global impact, all the while gaining invaluable editorial experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I had a terrible experience while at the Borgen Project. I simply did mundane tasks and was forced to raised $500 as an UNPAYED intern. I was even told that if I did not meet the $500 requirement I would be reprimanded. Outrageous

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "nonprofit" grossly misuses interns. Each intern is unpaid but is expected to raise $500 through the course of their internship. This means badgering family and friends to raise these profits. They assign titles to each intern (HR, political affairs, etc) but they all do the same thing, which is tell people about this "project" and raise money themselves with little guidance. Their budget is hard to find, but if you look at their statement of activity for 2018, very little of the funds are used for legitimate purposes other then paying their CEO and management (maybe half actually goes to the cause). You should not have to pay to work for a nonprofit. I can not confirm this, but apparently you can not get reference letters, recommendations, etc despite raising $500 for them. I really believe many of these reviews are fake. This is a great cause, but they are using it as a front for profit.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project gives volunteers the resources they need to fight extreme world poverty on the global scale. The leadership team at the Borgen Project is passionate about forwarding this cause - if you want to join the world's movers and shakers look no further!

2 Nina M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning for The Borgen Project was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career! The political affairs internship really allows you to grow both personally in your interest in politics and international affairs and professionally. It's a very hands-on experience which allows you to hone in on your writing, advocacy, and public speaking skills! In addition, you'd be working with an amazing group of supportive and passionate individuals. My supervisors Kim and Kelly were extremely friendly, supportive, and make sure that you feel prepared and comfortable with the work you are assigned. The founder and president Clint Borgen is also very hands-on and really ensures that all volunteers are well-prepared for their lobbying and advocacy work. I would definitely recommend interning/volunteering for The Borgen Project if you are passionate about international humanitarian efforts! You will learn so much about how to engage and make an impact in the political process, while working with amazing people to achieve it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project is amazing organization that I have had the opportunity of working with over the last year. Their commitment to their cause and educating the public is unparalleled. I am passionate about advocacy, and The Borgen Project does an outstanding job at spreading awareness for global poverty and encouraging people to fight for global poverty.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working for The Borgen Project was such a fantastic experience. I volunteered with the organization for almost two years, and I was able to learn about foreign policy, interact with Congressional offices and government officials, and share my passion for helping the world's poor. I was especially impressed by how even though almost everyone works remote, The Borgen Project is able to build strong teams that cooperate, support each other, and make genuine progress toward shared goals.

2 Allegra U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After almost three years of working for this organization, I can genuinely say that the dedicated people and underlying passion for doing good are characteristics that make The Borgen Project outstanding in both practice and influence. The members and advocates of this close-knit team focus on improving the United States' impact abroad and sharing the "good news" that occurs across the globe. Both goals are ones that I admire and feel the commitment to every day, and are part of what makes The Borgen Project one-of-a-kind. Its positive role in working to legislatively improve U.S. international aid is commendable and inspiring, and overall, I'm beyond proud to work here!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been writing for the Borgen Project for so long now that it has become second nature. Not only has the experience ignited my passion for writing and journalism, but my learning and research have shaped my worldviews and often tested my idealism. I hope that advocacy, creativity and knowledge can shape all of us and our efforts to change some of the inequities and imbalances we see and experience in the world.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project presented diverse opportunities to network and attend congressional events and meetings in my community, allowing me to step outside my comfort zone and gain vital experience for my career. The leadership team was incredibly helpful in encouraging me to learn more about nonprofit work and the impact that passion and advocacy can make.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization and cause to be a part of with a passion for fighting global poverty and hunger at the political level. Great work environment with a fantastic and diverse team of individuals. Fluid and efficient communication with managers.

1 Sean N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with The Borgen Project was one of the best experiences of my life. The organization is doing something no other org is doing - advocating on behalf of the global poor to the U.S. government. Its costs are low and its impact is high.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My internship with The Borgen Project was an incredible experience, and I am thankful to have had such an expansive learning opportunity at the beginning of my professional career. Not only was I able to acquire valuable organizational and communication skills, I was also able to learn a great deal about non-profit operations. The in-office team is small, providing a collaborative working environment and an opportunity to learn about many different teams and areas of the organization, and be involved in a variety of projects.

Heather J H.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It's hard to say, as just a "Writing-fly-on-thewall", how effective the Borgen Project is overall. I will however say while working as a writing intern that it certainly opened my eyes to things that happening in this world that I will never be able to turn my back on again. The Borgen Project has gotten me to contact Congressional Leaders, learn about legislation, and generally take interest and action in ways I had always considered, "someone else's job." I'm very glad I am going through the internship with this nonprofit

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time at The Borgen Project I got to meet with a Congressman and ask him to support the Water for the World Act. It was a very empowering experience. As a volunteer I learned how to advocate for issues that I believe in and I continue to use those skills in other aspects of life.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think they do a very good job of raising awareness and engaging the public. If you ever have the opportunity I encourage you to visit their office and meet the team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been a wonderful team to be part of. I enjoyed everyone I volunteered with and hope to be involved again in the future.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I really like the organizations approach and the passion of their volunteers. I'm happy to help however I can.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just started here a week ago and I feel so grateful for this opportunity and being able to help those in need across the globe.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I made lifelong friends and loved what I was doing everyday.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would volunteer here again. Lots of passionate people who care about the cause.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned a lot and got great insight into politics and advocating for a cause.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing team of volunteers who are very passionate about changing the world. I feel very fortunate that I was able to volunteer and improve my writing skills.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in Memphis and plan to volunteer again after grad school.

1 gordf

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the organization in Boston and plan to do so again in the near future. I found it enjoyable and meaningful.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

One of my ex colleagues and I were having a chat today & I randomly thought I would open the Borgen Project reviews. I am amazed to see so many (what I consider) hoax postings on there. There is no way this organization could receive a genuine 5 star rating from any intern, given the work profile, the work culture, and the set up as a whole. For all we know, I sincerely suspect that in their bootcamp, just as we were supposed to write 10 letters asking for donations, in order to hold the intern position, the new activity in the bootcamp might be to write good reviews on various sites to maintain the position. I mean SERIOUSLY!!! And Clint Borgen, please do not get ideas from this post and make the interns do so (if you have already not been doing that).

Pros – Apart from a fancy & sort of misleading website and a unique concept, fancy designations for resume is what I can think of
Cons – What lured me to this place was the fancy website and an internship opportunity. The team was really good, but everyone of us who were hired as political and international affairs intern ended up working on the HR aspect of it. The best part is that HR interns did not get to experiment much with their HR knowledge. The concept of the organization is unique, but there is no way to measure its contribution in reducing poverty or improving the lifestyle of the poor. The organization is thriving on fancy yet hollow networking.

The team used to be very friendly and cooperative, until there was too much micro-managing from the boss. He would make sure everyone dressed prim and proper, sat upright, did not talk among themselves etc etc. Felt like being controlled by a school teacher in discipline. There was so much control that employees needed to clock in and clock out and send daily reports to the boss. At one point some ex employee mentioned him trying to introduce a software that would monitor the websites visited during the day.

All employees/interns working there are unpaid, and there is not much incentive to work there, because you are not adding to your skills even otherwise.

1 Wan-Jun O.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Borgen Project is the result of a daring man's dream. The very fact that the President founded the organization after a UN internship, and then worked multiple other jobs to support himself while he works full-time on his nonprofit is inspirational enough. This year, The Borgen Project is celebrating its 10th year anniversary, and things have come a long way since its humble beginnings.

The interns that form the core work of the nonprofit are amazing. Everyone you meet here have an interest in the international development field; some are fresh graduates, some current students, some even quit corporate positions just so they can try their hand at a nonprofit determined to eradicate poverty. Going to work every day is fun as you chat about current affairs with a group of young do-gooders in the heart of the nonprofit world in Seattle.

The organization itself is a huge learning experience. You learn about US politics, and its stand on foreign policy. You educate and mobilize your friends and family, as well as strangers you meet on the street with your newfound knowledge. You effectively change the way you look at the world, and especially the US's roles and responsibilities in tackling global poverty.

Absolutely worth a try if you are thinking about entering the global development realm.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Despite being a small, quick turn-over organization, the potential benefits from a volunteer internship here is endless. Because interns make the cogs turn, and because each intern is only around a few months, the roles and responsibilities each intern takes on is an experience one is unlikely to find anywhere else. I have never been asked to fetch coffee or complete a repetitive, mindless task for hours on end. Instead I was asked to push the boundaries of my comfort zone by learning new assignments.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was really drawn to The Borgen Project because they stress education and mobilization of citizens. Not only do they inform citizens about global poverty, but they do a great job about empowering them too. I greatly prefer their approach of influencing the policies instead of direct aid because it has a bigger potential for large scale change.

1 liamorten

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A very solid organization. They do a lot with very little resources and do a great job of engaging young people.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Of all the charities I support, I believe that my contributions are most effective here. I believe firmly in the approach to advocacy and awareness.