Established in 2007, New York City-based Avaaz has grown to an international organization with 44 million members in 194 countries; Avaaz has the most members in Brazil, France, Germany and India. The NGO believes that online advocacy can help right injustices in the world. Avaaz does more than mobilize online activists; they have held 10,000 in-person events across the world. Ricken Patel, Avazz’s president and a co-founder, says that his organization tries to balance online petitions with rallies, lobbying and media campaigns. Foreign Policy Magazine recognized Patel as a top global thinker and the Davos World Economic Forum named him a young global leader. Other co-founders include Tom Perriello, Tom Pravda, Eli Pariser, Jeremy Heimans, David Madden and Andrea Woodhouse and resume its.
Typical issues Avaaz tackles include climate change, poverty, human rights violations and other injustices. With campaigns in 15 languages, Avaaz manages to combine the voices of individuals from around the world to create a force that politicians and policy makers cannot ignore. Avaaz, and the organization’s leadership and membership are managing to inspire optimism and hope where there used to be apathy with technology.
As a nonprofit wholly member-funded organization, Avaaz relies on small donations from members. Since Avaaz does not accept money from corporations or governments, they are free to speak out about political issues and learn more about Avaaz.
Ben & Jerry’s had nothing but praise for Avaaz, which helped advance the petition that the ice cream company supported, which calls for the world to be using 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The petition, with over 300,000 signatures, was presented at COP21, the Paris Climate Conference and more information click here.