Avaz was founded in 2007, and has since become what The Guardian has called “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network”. This network of over 44 million individuals has created a wave of positive change across the globe. How does Avaaz work? How do individuals contribute to this network of activism?
How Does Avaaz Work?
Avaaz is a member-funded nonprofit that unites people across the globe to fight for causes that are important to them. The values guiding Avaaz include an inherent belief in equality as humans, or in the organization’s words, “We are all human beings first”. This value guides each and every campaign. With this value as a foundation, the organization leaves the finer details to the members. Each year, a member poll decides which issues are most important to the Avaaz community. These issues establish a yearly list of priorities. The Avaaz leadership then continues to check in with each and every member through out the year on a weekly basis, to establish what is the most important issue in the moment. Because our world changes so constantly, pressing issues can come up quickly and call for quick action. Through email and response Avaaz headquarters can connect groups, set up campaigns, and funnel protesters into one physical location or direct their calls to politicians in a powerful way.
How Do Individuals Contribute to Avaaz?
Avaaz is completely member-supported. They do not take money from political organizations or large companies, but instead operate in a grassroots way through donations given by many, many individuals across the globe. Individuals contribute funds as well as information. Members can write in about causes that they feel should be funded. Avaaz can then poll the collective to see if there is energy and passion behind that cause. Many of the causes that they work for on a day to day basis are brought up by members. By taking part in campaigns with millions of other people, an individual’s voice can be amplified to the point that it is heard in a powerful way.
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