|Gordon Brown said: "A million dollars has been raised via the brilliant Avaaz.org, in just a few days."
|Key Brazilian Senator joins Avaaz "open vote" naked protest sending a clear message: "we have nothing to hide"
The victory belongs to the Maasai people, but our community helped them win by making this a global issue the government could no longer ignore. This hopefully ends a 20 year land battle!!
Of course, our community does a LOT more than petitions. Last week, we raised a $1 million challenge grant in a few days to donor governments to put Syrian refugee kids in school. At a UN meeting, I was able to put a cheque on the table and issue the challenge on behalf of over 40,000 Avaaz donors. UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown, who chaired the meeting, called our community's effort a "magnificent and impactful intervention" in getting other governments to give !
And often it's not the Avaaz team but our community that does the direct lobbying. For example in Brazil, we're inches away from winning a massive fight to end the shady practice of 'secret voting' in the Congress. Our huge push helped win the vote in the lower house and right now, Senators’ telephones are ringing off the hook as Avaaz members across Brazil use our online calling tool to directly tell them to stop this corruption -- experts say a win is likely in days!
It's this unique magic mix between a gigantic and spirited community of citizens able to speak out, donate, and lobby, and a small team of top notch advocates able to take smart, strategic actions at the highest level with democratic legitimacy, that makes our campaigns increasingly unstoppable.
If we keep believing in each other, and growing in size and in commitment,
there's no limit to the good we can do in the world. Thank you so much for
the honour and the joy to be part of and serve this community.
It's something truly precious we have here - let's keep building Avaaz.
With Love and appreciation,
Ricken and the team
PS -- You might not know that Avaaz is different from just about every other global organization in that we are 100% funded and guided by our community. Every campaign we run is first polled and tested to a random sample (you might think of it as a jury) of our community, that tells us exactly how the whole the community will react. I may be the CEO, but you're my boss. If you don't like something (and I don't mean 51% like it, but 81% like it) then our team go back to the drawing board and come up with a better option for you. We have never, ever, broken this rule. So at the end of the day, it is your wisdom, the collective wisdom of our community, matched with the smartest suggestions the team hears from you and come up with ourselves and from our partners and experts, that determines what we do every single day.
When you add to that the fact that 100% of our funding comes from small online donations (we strictly refuse any donations from corporations, governments, foundations, and even individual donations over 5000 Euros), I think Avaaz may be one of the purest organisational expressions of people-powered change in the world today. Make that an organisation served by a beautiful team of wonderfully talented and deeply committed people that I wish I could introduce you all to, and we've got a kind of magic that can build the world we dream of.
PPS -- If you want to chip in to help keep it all going, click here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/reportback_1013/?1380749307
Avaaz.org is a 26-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that
the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means
"voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world;
our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.
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