Avaaz is a civic organization that was established in 2007 with the sole purpose of organizing citizens of all walks of life to minimize the gap between the existing world today and the desired one. According to The Guardian, the organization has grown into world’s most powerful and largest online activist network. Avaaz encourages global activism on various issues in the world including conflict, poverty, corruption, human rights, animal rights and climate change.
By leveraging its groundbreaking model of Internet organizing, Avaaz can combine thousands of individual activist efforts, regardless of how small or big, into a powerful force. The organization’s community campaigns in about 15 languages. As such, Avaaz is involved in various efforts such as funding media campaigns, signing petitions and emailing, direct actions, lobbying governments, calling, as well as organizing offline events and protests. Avaaz does all this work to ensure that both the values and views of the globe’s individuals inform the choices or decisions that affect everybody.
Priorities and Support from Members
Every year, Avaaz sets complete priorities via all-member polls. Campaign ideas are not only polled but also tested on a weekly-basis to 10,000-member random samples. Only those initiatives that receive a significant response are worked on by the organization. Additionally, Avaaz members, often hundreds of thousands, promote the campaigns that reach the full membership.
Avaaz’s team of campaigners manages the global campaigns. They work from more than 30 nations around the world including Brazil, Lebanon, the UK and India.
How Avaaz is Funded
Avaaz is an entirely member-funded organization. As such, democratic accountability is embedded in the organization’s DNA. This model of funding prevents government or corporate backers from compelling the organization to change its priorities in a bid to suit various external agendas. Hence, Avaaz does not accept donations from corporations or governments.
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