Avaaz, a U.S.-based civic organization that focuses on global issues such as the climate and human rights, was founded in 2007. For years now, Avaaz has not accepted donations from corporations or firms in addition to never permitting more than five thousand dollars to be given to them; rather, they are supported by their loyal members.
Avaaz unites practical idealists from all over the world. The executive director, Canadian-British Ricken Patel, even said that they have, “no ideology per se,” but that “our mission is to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want. Idealists of the world unite!”.
In general, Avaaz backs causes that are seen as progressive; issues such as global action on climate change as well as building a better global support for refugees.
The Avaaz global campaigns are managed by a team that spans over 30 countries. The teams communicate with the members through email, and also send out public online petitions and videos. At times, Avaaz also utilizes the advantages of advertisements and has legal advice to make sure everything runs smoothly. Members are allowed and even encouraged to suggest campaigns, and then an email is sent out to numerous other members for something of a vote. If there are enough supporting responses, then specialists step in to help guide the way. Click here to know more about Avaaz.
The website for Avaaz, Avaaz.org, was founded by an American non-profit policy advocacy group and a team of professionals focused on deliberative democracy and civic virtue.