Avaaz is a global civic organization with the goal of bettering the world through protest, signing petitions, funding different campaigns, that help people take action against corruption, poverty, human rights abuse, animal rights abuse, and climate change. It was founded and launched in 2007 and has been recognized as, “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network” by the Guardian. Avaaz has no agenda, per se, but is instead directed by the opinions and conscious of its entire group of members. When an event or occurrence takes place in the world, the core group will send out an email to a random sample group of 10,000 of its members. That email contains a poll that asks its members if they want to take action against the event or occurrence. If a large number of the members vote yes then a campaign is put together and action begins to take place. If a large number of their members respond no, then no action will be taken.
The core team of Avaaz lives in 30 different countries all around the world and campaigns in 15 different languages. Its members come from all over the globe as well, and this allows them to take effective action from a spread out group of people that better represent worldwide interests. Since 2009, Avaaz has not accepted donations from corporations or foundations and doesn’t accept payments of over $5,000 from anyone. Instead, the group is funded by its own members who have been able to raise more than $20 million to-date.
The strength of Avaaz is in its numbers and also the fact that members can choose to take part or not take part in any action the group takes as a whole. This helps Avaaz to not fracture into smaller groups and ensures that it will stay together to continue taking action into the future.