You may have heard of Avaaz on social media or in the news lately. But what is Avaaz and what do they do?
Started in 2007, Avaaz is a nonprofit organization based out of the United States. The name is the word for ‘voice’ in multiple languages. Avaaz is considered a very powerful online activist network. It campaigns in over fifteen languages and has core team members on six different continents and over 30 countries.
The goal of Avaaz is to bring people together to the world that they want and more information click here.
It’s all about people-powered politics and bringing together the world’s idealists. They primarily communicate with their supporters through emails and social media. Even though most of their activism is online based, they also are known for taking action offline, too. Avaaz has organized a large number of events and protests in various locations and what Avaaz knows.
Avaaz does not accept donations from large companies.
But due to small donations from individual members, they have raised over $20 million. They also don’t accept donations over $5 thousand to prevent unfair lobbyism. Some of the causes they support include a free and open internet, the fight against climate change, marine conservation, challenging Monsanto, mobilizing aid to communities in need, protecting LGBT rights, and more. People can also use a platform on the website to create their own petitions for causes.
Their founding president is Ricken Patel.
Patel was born in Canada in 1977. Prior to founding Avaaz, he worked for other organizations promoting good, such as the International Crisis Group and follow its Twitter.