The organisation of Avaaz was founded in January of 2007. The organisation is a civic one, and it is based in the United States of America. Currently, the organisation of Avaaz is operating on an international level and has a reach in over seventy countries.
Avaaz aims at prompting people to action worldwide in order to create a better world for everyone to live in. The organisations focus on fighting against worldwide problems such as climate change for example. They also fight against poverty and corruption. They aim to make the world more respectful of human right and animal rights. The organisation od Avaaz has been said to be the most active and influential network of activists on the planet.
There are several methods that the civic organisation of Avaaz uses to accomplish its goals. The organisations make use of petitions and demonstrations. They also step up and show their support in times of conflict.
The name of the organisation stems from the Persian language. The word that the name is an alliteration of has the meaning of ”song” and ”voice”. The group was founded in collaboration between Res Publica which is a community that is dedicated to bettering the governance and fighting for human and animal rights. The other collaborative founder is MoveOn.org. This is a non-profit group that advocates public policies.
The individuals behind the organisation of Avaaz are several – Tom Pravda, Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser, Jeremy Heimans, David Madden, Andrea Woodhouse, as well as Ben Brandzel. These names belong to people who are activists, entrepreneurs, leaders, founders, and former congressman.
Starting 2009, the organisation of Avaaz stopped accepting donations from foundations and corporations. They decided to rely solely on the grace of individuals to prove that people are generous and good. The money raised so far are more than $20 million.
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