Avaaz is a civic organization that caters to the world. Avaaz means “voice” in several different languages such as Asian, European and Middle Eastern. It originated in New York and is U.S. based. It was founded by Ricken Patel in January of 2007 along with the help of Res Publica and six other co-founders. The co-founders include Tom Perriello, Tom Pravda, Andrea Woodhouse, Eli Pariser, David Madden and Jeremy Helmans. Avaaz has also been backed up by MoveOn.org and Service Employees International Union who are considered foundering partners. Avaaz is a network that was created for citizens worldwide to take action on the issues they care about the most. has a committed online following with a global community of over forty-five million members from one hundred ninety-four countries. “The world in action” group conducts petitions, rallies, sit-ins, phone-ins, campaigns, flash mobs and fundraisers to help various situations worldwide. They are vocal advocates when it comes to climate change, world peace, global poverty, human rights, animal rights, corruption, morality and other conflicts. Their campaigns are ran by a team of employees working out of thirty different countries. The campaigns are created through suggestions which are aided by a team of campaigners and member created petitions. Since 2009, they have relied heavily upon the donations of their members and no longer accept funding as they previously did from corporations and foundations. Avaaz bridges the gap between separate cultures and unites people from all walks of life that are looking to make the world a better place.