Avaaz is an online activist website that is dedicated to protecting a multitude of issues that affect the globe including human and animal rights, poverty, and conflict. The site is based in the United States and was named after the Persian word for “voice.” The group’s goal is to help the millions of people around the world that do no have a voice in their community or country. The website, avaaz.org, was founded in 2007 by a group of public sector executives and is supported by both moveon.org and the Service Employees International Union. The cofounders are Eli Pariser, Tom Perriello, Tom Pravda, Ricken Patel, David Madden, Andrea Woodhouse, and Jeremy Heimans.
The non-profit relies on small donations from their individual members and has not accepted large donations or corporate donations since 2009. The group launches global campaigns and has employees in over 30 countries around the globe that manage these campaigns. Some of the ways they reach out to the communities in which they campaign include through online videos and petitions, email marketing, and advertisements.
They also have organized marches in various countries, including at the World Health Organization and the Chinese Embassy in London, England. These campaigns start with a single member or group of members and if approved then they are fully supported from beginning to end. The company seeks to make the world a clean and safe place to live for all people and inhabitants of the Earth. Protecting all of the Earth’s assets will continue to be the driving force for the non-profit into the future.