Avaaz is an online global platform promoting activism that has over 110 employees, spread across 5 continents, and over thousands of volunteers. There are over 44 million members and thousands of Avaaz volunteers worldwide. The mission is simple yet profound: “to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.” Avaaz is 100% funded by donations and has raised over $15 million dollars with an average donation of $35. They have been mentioned in almost every news outlet including CNN, The Guardian, The Washington Post, etc.The President and Executive Director of Avaaz, Ricken Patel, majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford, and started his first social movement that was against tuition fees. He obtained a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and consulted for organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Harvard University, and CARE International. Patel’s involvement with the online group called MoveOn.org led him to learn crucial skills of effective online campaigning. Patel started Avaaz in 2007, and soon after The Guardian referred to Patel as “the global leader of online protest”.
To date, they have 2,792 campaigns in progress with topics such as saving the rainforest, Syrian refugee crisis, whaling, and Monsanto. Anyone can participate and be proactive in a movement of their choice. When visiting Avaaz’s website, one even start a petition on their homepage. Users can be involved as much or as little as they want; one can do anything from signing an online petition to funding media campaigns, volunteering, lobbying, or even protesting and attending events.
This organization since inception has had a rich history in creating campaigns that end in success. Their victory lists over 100 successful actions that were taken to achieve the goals that were set in place. With a knowledgeable and active team, Avaaz is the site that is bringing the people globally together on issues that really matter.
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