Make a Dent: 30 Ways to Right a Wrong
- Call or Write Congress: Congressional leaders often support poverty-reduction legislation when as few as 7-10 people in their district contact them in support of it. View How to Call or How to Write/Email.
- Lobby Congress: Arranging a meeting with Congressional staffers is surprisingly easy and an important part of our democracy.
- Mobilize: One is good, but ten is better. Politics is a numbers game and more people contacting a leader in support of an issue/bill means more action is demanded from the leader and their staff. Form a tribe of co-workers who call.
- Bird Dog: Attend events where Congressional leaders are speaking and publicly ask them to support poverty-reduction efforts.
- Get The Borgen Project Visa Card: For every $100 you charge with your Borgen Project Visa, Capital One donates $1 to the cause. Transform your spending into funding that impacts the world’s poor.
- Shop eBay: Buy eBay items that benefit The Borgen Project.
- Divert: Catch yourself before making unnecessary purchases and divert the money saved toward the cause.
- Share the Site: Email your contacts a link to borgenproject.org.
- Build Buzz: If you’re talking about it, political leaders are acting on it. Help build buzz for downsizing global poverty!
- Pitch to the Media: Email interesting story ideas that incorporate the issues to local and national reporters.
- Write a Letter to the Editor: These serve the purpose of educating thousands of people and if you mention the Congressional leader’s name in the letter he/she will read it in his/her regular summary of news coverage.
- Call Talk Radio: You’re one phone call away from getting the issue in front of thousands of people. Visit the talk show’s website to find the call-in number.
- Give a Speech: Speak to local groups and classes.
- Submit Content to Newsletters: From apartment buildings to dentists, there are no shortage of businesses that send newsletters. Send some interesting tidbits about global poverty to the person in charge of the newsletter and ask them to incorporate the topic and/or make it a regular fixture (i.e. monthly poverty fact).
- Transform Empty Windows: Ask the owner of a vacant building for permission to cover the windows with Borgen Project logos and/or poverty facts.
- Post Fliers: The Borgen Project is known for being tech savvy, so it might surprise you that we’re huge fans of good, old-fashioned flier-ing. Post fliers in coffee shops and windows of interested businesses.
Post on your Leader’s Facebook & Twitter: Most congressional leaders now use social media to communicate with voters and monitor what the public is saying. Friend/Follow your leaders and post encouraging comments when they support poverty bills or encourage them to support such bills.
Tweet and Status Update: Share interesting links, videos and articles about the issues via your status updates.
- Write Fundraising Letters: The golden rule of fundraising is that people rarely give unless they’re asked. The world’s poor have an undeniable need for people in wealthy nations to step up and “make the ask” on their behalf.
- Run a Marathon: Utilize your running events to raise funding for The Borgen Project. Let people know you’re running for the cause and ask them to sponsor your efforts.
- Accomplish Random Feats: Attempt to pogo stick across your city, climb a local mountain backwards, etc. Do something unusual to raise awareness and funding for the cause and ask people to contribute.
- Host a Living Room Summit: Bring your friends together to support the cause. Host a house party.
- Sell it on eBay: With The Borgen Project’s eBay partnership you can sell your old items online and have the proceeds go directly to the cause.
- Organize a Garage Sale: Turn your junk or your friends and family junk into funding for the cause.
- Donate your Birthday, Wedding, or Graduation: Make “in lieu of gifts” your new favorite phrase. Ask your family to donate to the cause instead of getting you presents or add The Borgen Project to your gift registry.
- Host a Non-Event Fundraiser: This creative concept is appreciated by would-be guests and party-planners alike. Instead of hosting an expensive fundraiser, ask your guest list to stay home the night of the “non-event” and donate the ticket price.
- No Dress Code Day at Work: Ask your boss or company to allow a day when employees can dress casually if they put $5 in a donation jar.
- Arrange an Informal Tournament: Badminton? Ultimate Frisbee? Turn your favorite leisure activity into a tournament or competition.
Thousands of people have answered The Borgen Project’s call to action and the impact has been tremendous. This section of the site lists key methodology that has an impact.