About Us

“The Borgen Project is an incredible nonprofit organization that is addressing poverty and hunger and working towards ending them.” – The Huffington Post


In a Nutshell: We fight extreme poverty.

Mission Statement: The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. We’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.

Formed: 2003
Headquarters: Seattle, WA
Cities with volunteers: 220


  • Global Food Security
  • Food Aid Reform
  • Newborn, Child and Mother Survival
  • Access to Clean Water, Sanitation and Power


Donald Girskis
Former Head of Boost Mobile and served as CEO of ShoreTel.

Rep. Dave Reichert
Congressman Dave Reichert (R)
Former Sheriff who led the task force that caught the Green River Killer.

Congressman Adam Smith (D)
Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Christian Thwaites
Christian Thwaites
Former CEO of Sentinel Investments and a regular guest expert on CNBC and Bloomberg.

Ryika Hooshangi
U.S. State Department, Senate Finance Committee, Brookings Fellow.

Frank Novosel
Designed the first “Rain-wear without compromise” Gore-tex garment.

Rachel Bell
Rachel Bell
Vice President, Controller at Virgin America

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Clint Borgen
Widely regarded as one of the most politically influential humanitarians in the U.S.
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In 1999, while working as a young volunteer in refugee camps during the Kosovo War and genocide, Clint Borgen recognized the need for an organization that could focus U.S. political attention on extreme poverty. In 2003, after graduating from Washington State University and interning at the United Nations, Borgen began developing the organization.

In need of startup funding, Borgen took a job living on a fishing vessel docked in Dutch Harbor, Alaska (the same location as “The Deadliest Catch”). From humble beginnings in one of the most remote regions of the world, The Borgen Project was born. One man with a laptop and a budget that came from his Alaska paychecks has evolved into a national campaign with volunteers operating in 220 U.S. cities.

From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture. We operate at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
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Advocate: We meet with U.S. Congressional leaders to secure support for crucial poverty-reducing legislation.

Mobilize: We mobilize people across the globe behind efforts to make poverty a political priority.

Educate: We teach basic advocacy skills that allow citizens to communicate with their government.

Issue Message: We build awareness of global issues and innovations in poverty-reduction through our online and community presence.

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