Without a doubt, the world is a single population. What happens in one small part of the world can affect all of us. Avaaz is an organization, created in 2007, to strengthen the bond that links us to each other.
Avaaz means “voice” in several different Asian, European, and Middle Eastern languages. To date, Avaaz has given voice to 194 countries through its members. These voices address local, regional, national, and global concerns. Climate change, poverty, corruption, animal rights, and political concerns are sounded through Avaaz internationally. This organization allows individuals an international conversation by using petitions, fundraising, funding media campaigns, emailing, organizing protests or events, and by calling and lobbying governments.
The internet has opened all parts of the populated world and allowed a global conversation. Avaaz has taken this opportunity to create an online presence and used this conversation to create a transparency to issues that may not have been able to be heard in the past.
A Canadian-British named Ricken Patel, with a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, founded Avaaz. He worked for the International Crisis Group and volunteered for MoveOn.org. These experiences gave him the knowledge and skills he needed to create Avaaz.
Since 2009, all donations have come from individuals and at an amount no larger than $5.000. To date, Avaaz has raised over $20 million dollars. It is a U.S. based civic organization with a global membership. Before 2009, it was foundation funded.
The membership is over 44 million globally. Anyone can approach Avaaz with their concerns and reach out through this organization for global support and feedback. Transparency is key to finding a way of uniting. Avaaz is ready to help in resolving issues that concern us all.
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