Avaaz is not an ordinary civic activist group. This is quite clear by its advertised claim of over 44 million individual members. Clearly, Avaaz did not simply appear out of thin air. The organization was developed by the two groups Res Publica and MoveOn.org as a progressive non-governmental organization. Just some of the main individuals who led the two aforementioned organizations to create this formation were Ricken Patel, former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, and MoveOn executive Eli Pariser. Unlike many organizations of its kind, Avaaz does not receive funding from corporations or individuals who wish to donate over $5,000. This means that the organization relies on the support of its members to survive.
Avaaz tends to support causes that are generally deemed progressive like climate change and environmentalism. For example, Avaaz’s website claims that Christiana Figueres credits Avaaz with mobilizing support for the Paris Climate Accord. Much of the public actions that Avaaz takes is through online petitions. In fact, the organization claims that causes like ocean conservation and net-neutrality were directly helped by Avaaz’s petitions that sometimes include millions of digital signatures. Support for the organization’s various petitions has only been helped by the Community Petitions section of their website that allows any member of the organization to create their own petition.
It is very clear that Avaaz has made an enormous impact on the world through its activism. In a strife-filled world that is full of division like ours, civil organizations like Avaaz are necessary to move society to a state that is better for both our planet and those who reside on it. If you would like to support Avaaz’s work, visit their donation page and make a contribution.