BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
Recently while networking at a Seattle event, I was confronted with a very blunt inquiry: Shouldn't you be focused on Scottish independence instead of what the US is doing?
This Summer, I am a Human Resources intern at The Borgen Project - a nonprofit national campaign that works to fight global poverty by making it a focus of US foreign policy. Part of my commitment to the cause involves advocating at local events, which led me to the peculiar inquiry above. My response was simple. The United States, as the most powerful nation on Earth, has a duty to help the world's poor. Not to mention, it's in the US's interest!
By contacting our congressional leaders in support of acts that will, for instance, divert funds from military spending to international aid, we can make a worthwhile change. However, the advocacy efforts of The Borgen Project, including its high level of political access in Washington DC, requires funding. I'm asking you to consider making a donation to the cause. You can take pride in knowing that your gift will go further than the efforts of direct aid (such as sponsoring a poor child). Instead, it will empower our organization to downsize poverty at the roots of its problems. We are not looking to find a short term remedy to the symptoms of poverty, but rather finance development abroad that will enable poor nations to stabilize and thrive, free from aid.
If that is not reason enough to consider a donation, I ask that you back me in the races I will run this summer in honour of The Borgen Project! I will be posting upcoming races as soon and hope to have your support!
(As for my take on Scottish independence, that's a conversation to save for an evening in the pub!)