Based in the United States of America, Avaaz is a civic organization concerned with promoting human and animal rights and justice. The organization that was established in 2007 supports global activism on sensitive issues concerning injustice, climate change, corruption, and poverty. The name of the community roots from a Persian word avaz, which means voice.
According to the meaning, it voices the opinion of the oppressed in the society. Its founders include Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser of MoveOn, Andrea Woodhouse and David Madden of Australian progressive. The names and companies associated with the co-founders show that the purpose of the group is making the society a better place.
The founding president of Avaaz is Ricken Patel. He is a Canadian Briton who also serves as the executive director of the group. Ricken is an alumnus of Balliol College and Oxford University. He majored in politics, philosophy, and economics, abbreviated as PPE. He also went to the Harvard University for a master’s degree in public policy. Ricken’s experience in leadership began with his service at International Crisis Group. This was a global program that covered Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Sudan and Liberia.
He once explained that the experience nurtured him with the skills for negotiating with the rebels, monitor elections to ensure fairness, restore public faith by practicing justice and putting a stop to corruption in the society. After the project, he relocated to the United States of America and joined a voluntary program dubbed MoveOn.org. He learned the use of online platforms in promoting activism.
From 2009, Avaaz has not received donations from organizations or other corporations. It has also not accepted over $5, 000 payments. The group solely relies on well-wishers to donate funds. Currently, the organization has $20 million. Unlike now, in 2009 and other years in the past, the group depended on various foundations for donations channeled to startups.
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