Avaaz is a civil organization that is based in the United States of America. It was first launched in the year 2007 and has over the years been at the forefront championing on issues such as human rights, animal rights, climate change, and poverty among other critical matters in the globe. In several European, Asian and Middle East languages, the word Avaaz means voice, a fact that influenced the choice of the name. The primary goal of Avaaz is to bring together citizens from all over the world and encourage them to bridge the gap that exists between the world that we live in and that which is desired by most people.
Avaaz operates using select models of the internet to organize its members. Through this approach, the organization is assured that each effort no matter how small it may be presumed, is included into a powerful collective force. The Avaaz community campaigns are done in 17 languages across the six continents in the world. In each of the continents, Avaaz has thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to see that critical issues are dealt with. Today, Avaaz is considered to be one of the most influential activist networks around the globe.
Res Publica in close collaboration with MoveOn.org, a nonprofit advocacy group, was the initial co-founders of Avaaz. The Service Employees International Union also played a significant role in establishing Avaaz. The chief executive officer of Avaaz is none other than Richen Patel, who studied politics, philosophy, and economics and subsequently graduated from Balliol College, Oxford University. Before joining Avaaz, Mr. Richen Patel worked with an organization known as International Crises Group, where he was able to traverse the world. Avaaz has a policy that does not allow corporations to donate to it. In case a payment of more than $5,000 is made to it, Avaaz is inclined to rejecting it. All its funding come from grants from individuals.