Avaaz – U.S. based Civic Organization

Avaaz is an organization that was launched in January 2007, and focuses their efforts on global activism and issues involving climate changes. They also work with programs that involve human rights, animal rights, poverty, conflict and corruption. It is considered by many as the largest and most powerful online activist network in the nation. Avaaz was initially co-founded by Res Publica, which is a community of professionals that are dedicated to promoting good government and civil acts. MoveOn.org is also an American non-profit group that has helped support Avaaz. They have been supported by Service Employees International Union, which is a founding partner as well. Ricken Patel currently serves as the president of the civic organization and Tom Pravda is the secretary. Tom and Ricken both co-founded the company and work around the clock to provide leadership and outlets supporting the organizational needs.

Avaaz is proud to be managed by a team of campaign workers from over 30 countries. The countries include the UK, India, Lebanon and Brazil. Their form of communication amongst members is via email and online petitions. There are certain cases in which Avaaz will use advertisements for their foundational needs. They also obtain legal advice when necessary or when needed for each campaign. Suggestions for campaigns generally come from the members of Avaaz, and are supplemented with guidance from teams of specialists. If a suggestion is made, an email is sent to Avaaz members so they can evaluate the needs and possibility of launching a successful campaign. Avaaz proudly advances through their campaigns without taking donations or payments of more than $5,000. They tend to rely on the generosity and caring attitude of individual members. Together, they have been able to raise over $20 million in funds and have funded almost all of the staff’s startup costs.

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