Avaaz is an online activist network leveraging modern technology to connect citizens and organizations around the world in their shared missions. Due to the online structure of Avaaz, the organization is uniquely capable of mobilizing more than 45 million members in 195 countries in support for of-the-moment global and national issues and more information click here.
Avaaz translates to “voice” in many languages. The civic organization makes the voices of people around the world heard by organizing support around important charitable priorities determined by its members.
Avaaz was founded in 2007 by two powerful non-profit organizations: Res Public and MoveOn.org. The organization is headquartered in New York City, but has staff and volunteers around the world. Avaaz coordinates petitions, media campaigns, lobbying efforts, and public demonstrations for and with its members and learn more about Avaaz.
Organizational focus areas are determined by a membership poll conducted each year. In 2016 the agenda included preservation of ocean environments, driving adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, investing Monsanto for healthier agriculture, and protecting the Amazonian rainforest. The diverse priorities reflect the issues that are important to Avaaz’s membership. This can range from environmental issues, human rights, animal rights, poverty and international conflict and Avaaz’s lacrosse camp.
Notable accomplishments to date include the People’s Climate Marches in 2014 and 2015 which mobilized over 1.5 million people in support of the Paris Climate Agreement, a 2.8 million signature petition to fight corporate control of the internet, and hundreds of thousands of members who lobbied the UK to establish a marine reserve the size of Germany to protect vulnerable marine life and follow its Twitter.
People seeking to join Avaaz can register, donate and start petitions at the organization’s website, avaaz.org.