Wow – in 4 days we’re 70% of the way to our goal of 10,000 sustainers! Huge thanks to everyone, let’s keep it going! Here’s the email –
Dear amazing Avaaz community,
Because of your efforts my voice is heard — and millions of others. It feels really good not to be sheep but lions! Thank you very much!!!!
– Janneke, Avaaz member fromthe Netherlands
What brings us together, I think, is that we all care. What kind of person donates $10 or signs a petition when no one is watching? An “Avaazy” kind of person. My team and I feel so lucky that our job is to serve this amazing, dedicated, diverse community — you are the best boss we could ask for — thank you!
Together we’re pursuing the ambitious agenda we voted on — taking on the US corporate ‘carbon lobby’ that is holding the world hostage on climate change, protecting our forests and oceans, confronting organized crime and the horrific rape trade, and working for peace and human rights from the Middle East to Burma.
To get all this done, we need a few people to step forward and help fund the costs of the tiny Avaaz team. Earlier this year, 86% of us voted to build this base of Avaaz sustainers, up our game and expand our impact. Just $3 or $5 per week, the price of a cup or two of coffee, would be enough to empower work that will help millions. Click below to pitch in:
Over the next month, we’re running a crucial fundraising drive to secure sufficient, dependable organizational funds to sustain our growing community. These monthly sustainer contributions mean Avaaz can respond immediately to crises as they occur and jump on opportunities for action without delay. Avaaz is 100% funded by these small online donations from our community – so we’re not in any way influenced by governments, corporations, or wealthy individuals.
A very small donation of $3 or $5 per week from 10,000 Avaazers would cover all the core costs of our small team, helping to save lives in humanitarian emergencies, protect the environment and wildlife, fight corruption and organized crime, push for peace and reduce poverty.
Many of us already give to one cause or another — I do too. But Avaaz is worth supporting – because our donations not only make change now, every contribution builds our community that will be making change for decades to come. It’s an investment with both immediate and long term results for our children’s and our planet’s future. Click here to contribute:
In our first 3 and a half years, Avaaz became a powerful global voice because members came together to combine the small amounts of time we each have for social change into a powerful collective voice. If we can combine forces in the same way by sharing the small amounts of money we are able to give, it will take our community, and our impact, to a whole new level. I can’t wait.
Regardless of whether you choose to take this next step now, it’s an honour to share this journey of hope for a better world with you. Whether it is time, money or good will that you share, I and the Avaaz team are determined to be great partners with you and responsible and effective stewards of your hope, time and resources. Because if we can stick together, anything is possible.
With hope and gratitude for this amazing community,
Co-Founder and Executive Director
PS – In case you’re mulling it over, here’s 11 more reasons to donate to Avaaz 🙂
Reason 1 – What we do Works
With almost 5 million members in every nation of the world, able to mobilize at a moment’s notice to pressing needs and opportunities, Avaaz works –- together we’ve saved lives in Haiti and Burma, reversed government policies from Brazil to Japan, and won victories on international treaties from banning cluster bombs to preserving oceans. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown says of Avaaz “You have driven forward the idealism of the world… do not underestimate your impact on leaders” while the Economist says Avaaz is “poised to deliver a deafening wake up call to world leaders” and Al Gore says “Avaaz is inspiring, and has already made a difference”. We’re only 3 years old and growing fast, and the more our members get involved and donate, the more impact we have.
Make a donation here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/sustain_avaaz_15/?vl
Reason 2 – An Avaaz donation is an investment with permanent social change returns
With Avaaz, our donations fund high impact campaigns that also recruit more people. More people means more donations, and more impact. So you’re not only achieving a particular change with your donation, you’re helping grow a community with new members that will multiply your donation many times over, and be a permanent and ever-increasing source of change. It’s a tremendous philanthropic value to have this kind of double and permanent impact.
Reason 3 – We have no bureaucracy
Avaaz is a massive network of citizens, but our organization is absolutely tiny – just 15 full time campaigners with operational and technology support. Most large global NGOs have hundreds or even thousands of staff. Our small size means we have no time for red tape, layers of management, or being focused on anything but getting results.
Reason 4 – We’re regularly audited, and fiscally responsible
There’s a lot of fear out there about misuse of donated money. Most of the fear is misplaced – most organizations are filled with good people trying to do good things. With Avaaz you can be sure – partly because we’re required by law to be audited every 12 months. This audit thoroughly checks every aspect of our books and financial practices. We’ve been audited 3 times since we launched and every time been given a squeaky clean bill of health (for details, click here).
Reason 5 – We have a world-class team that does outstanding work
Campaigning, advocacy and social change are a serious and demanding business – the more competent the team, the more impact our donations have. Avaaz attracts some of the best campaigners and advocates in the world. Many of our campaign directors joined us after being CEOs of successful multi-million dollar advocacy organizations, and most have degrees from the top universities in the world.
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Reason 6 – We’re 100% Independent
Avaaz takes absolutely no money from governments or corporations. This is hugely important to ensuring that our voice is exclusively determined by the values of our members, and not by any large funder or agenda. While we received initial seed grants from partner organizations and charitable organizations, almost 90% of the Avaaz budget now comes small online donations. This means that the only agenda we have to follow is the people’s agenda.
Reason 7 – We pass the money on when it makes sense, and give to the best efforts
Avaaz has donated almost $4 million to other organizations, because we saw them as better placed than us to have impact on a particular issue. For example, we’ve granted $1.6 million to Burmese monks and aid groups, and $1.3 million to Haitian aid organizations – see this video from the groups that received our donations. The way we support organizations is important too. Most foundations have endless process and constraints that make them slow, bureaucratic and risk averse in supporting advocacy. Avaaz finds the best people and organizations and doesn’t micromanage them – we just empower them to do what they know best.
Reason 8 – We’re political (this really matters)
Most charities offer tax deductibility for donations. But this means that they are, in a way, partially tax-payer funded, and governments use that to place a very thick set of rules on what they can and can’t do. Chief among them is restricting what they can say to criticize, support, or oppose a politician. Avaaz is very rare in that our donations are not tax deductible, leaving us 100% free to say and do whatever we need to to get leaders to listen to people. Since so many important issues are won and lost in the political realm, this makes us much more effective than advocacy groups that shy away from speaking out politically.
Reason 9 – We go where the greatest needs and opportunities are
Most organizations focus on a single issue over a long period of time. This is very important to do, but that can mean that when desperate needs or amazing opportunities for social change arise, they get ignored because everyone is working on their own issue. Avaaz campaigns target the most urgent needs and opportunities, showing up just when a powerful burst of citizens’ attention is needed most. We work continuously with top quality partners in the areas we campaign on, and all describe Avaaz as an amazing added value to their work.
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Reason 10 – Democratic accountability is hard-wired into our model
The Avaaz model of campaigning is people-powered. Our priorities are set at annual and weekly levels by polls of our membership and every campaign we run is first polled with members. Click here for results from our 2010 annual poll. No matter how much work we put into developing a campaign, if it fails to get the greenlight from members, we don’t run it. So on a day to day basis, how we spend the donations we receive is determined directly by members.
Reason 11 – There’s no other organization like us
Avaaz is the world’s first and only massive, high-tech, people-powered, multi-issue, genuinely global advocacy organization. In a world where the problems we face are consistently global, and the solutions to them increasingly require global democratic action, Avaaz is uniquely placed to effect change. No other organization can rapidly mobilize large-scale, coordinated democratic pressure in over 150 countries within 24 hours. A new model of internet-based, people-powered politics has changed politics in several countries, and Avaaz is taking that proven model global. The result is already the largest global online movement in history, and we’re just getting started.
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