Established in 2007, Avaaz is a civic organization that is based in the United States. The organization is involved in promoting global activism on matters such as animal rights, poverty, conflict, corruption, human rights as well as climate change. According to the Guardian, Avaaz is the largest and also the strongest online activist network in the world. The term Avaaz is a translation of avaz which is a Persian word meaning song or voice. Res Publica and MoveOn.org are the co-founders of Avaaz. Res Publica is a community made up of public sector professionals who are committed to enhancing civic virtue, good governance as well as deliberate democracy. MoveOn.org on the other is a non-profit progressive public policy advocacy group based in America. Another founding partner of Avaaz is the Service Employees International Union.
The individual co-founders of Avaaz are Tom Pravda, Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello who is a former congressman, Eli Pariser the Executive Director of MoveOne, David Madden who is an Australian progressive entrepreneur, Andrea Woodhouse and Jeremy Heimans who are both the co-founders of Purpose.com. The Board of Directors of Avaaz consists of Tom Pravda who is the secretary, Ricken Patel who is the President, Ben Brandzel the treasurer and Eli Pariser who is the board chairman. The Executive Director and founding president of Avaaz, Mr. Ricken Patel is a graduate of the Balliol College, Oxford University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy which he acquired from the Harvard University.
According to reports by the Guardian, Avaaz has not received any donations from corporations or foundations since 2009. Instead, Avaaz relies only on the generosity of its individual members and have up to now raised more than $20 million. Before 2009, Avaaz was funded by various foundations who catered for the start-up costs and the staff. The global campaigns of Avaaz are normally managed by a team of campaigners who works from more than 30 nations including Lebanon, UK, Brazil, and India.