Avaaz in Persian, means ‘voice’ or ‘song’ and it describes what the organization does, perfectly. In January 2007, Avaaz, a U.S. based civic organization was formed. Avaaz promotes activism globally in human rights, animal rights, climate change, poverty, conflict, and corruption. The Guardian considers the organization as one of the most powerful and largest online activists’ network. Avaaz was cofounded by Res Publica, and MoveOn.Org., supported by Service Employees International Union, a founding partner. Since 2009, Avaaz only takes donations from individual members and not over $5,000.
Global campaigns are managed by a team from over 30 countries. Communication between members is done via e-mail, online public petitions, email leaders tools, and videos. Campaigns are suggested by members, and boosted by specialists for that specific campaign. When a campaign has merit, 10,000 Avaaz members are polled, and if the campaign is favorable, it goes on to the rest of the members of Avaaz. The organization is often encouraging new ideas such as challenging Monsanto, calling for climate change globally, and helping refugees.
Avaaz’s website is very informative in helping people start their own petition, shows how many members there are, actions that were taken since the start of the organization, and how many countries have members of Avaaz. The organization makes public their financial reports, is on social media Twitter and Facebook, and does not accept donations from corporations nor governments so they are free from agenda’s. The site shows those campaigns that have been successful, press releases, and where to make donations and how often. Avaaz has their own YouTube channel where you can see videos and participate in discussions worldwide. There is a reason this organization is global and cares about the issues that affect everyone and the world itself.