Avaaz means ‘voice’ in Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages. The organization was established in 2007 with a mission to organize citizens from different nations to unite. The organization empowers millions of people from different regions to fight against climate change, poverty, and corruption. Avaaz takes action mostly on pressing national, regional, and global issues. The organization’s model of the internet allows people to combine into one powerful force.
Avaaz campaigns in seventeen languages. The organization is served by a team of thousands of volunteers from six continents. Avaaz takes action through signing petitions, lobbying governments, emailing, taking direct action, funding media campaigns, and organizing events and protests. Avaaz takes action to make sure that the values and views of people inform their decisions.
The co-founders of Avaaz include Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Ricken Patel, and Eli Pariser. Other co-founders are Jeremy Heimans and David Madden. The board of trustees of the organization is comprised of Ben Brandzel (treasurer), Tom Pravda (secretary), Ricken Patel (president), and Eli Pariser (chairman). Ricken Patel who is the founding executive director and president of Avaaz studied economics, philosophy, and politics at Oxford University. Ricken also attained a masters degree from Harvard University where he specialized in Public Policy. Patel has worked in Sudan, Liberia, and Afghanistan among other places to negotiate with rebels.
Since 2009, the organization has not accepted donations from corporations and foundations. Since then, Avaaz has not accepted payments exceeding $ 5, 000. Avaaz only relies on what individual members give. Members of Avaaz have raised more than $20 million. Before 2009, the organization’s start-up costs and staff were funded by different foundations.
Global campaigns of Avaaz are led by campaigners from more than thirty countries such as Brazil, Lebanon, India, and the UK among others. Activists mostly communicate through emails. In different cases, the organization also uses commissions’ legal advice and advertisements to determine how to carry out its campaigns.
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