One organization that is focused on promoting civil issues such as human rights, climate change, activism, animal rights, and other social issues is Avaaz. In fact, it is considered to be the most powerful online network of activists by some. The name translates to voice or song.
For example, although they are against official ideology, of which they have none, they promote fighting climate change. During the Iranian elections, they helped protesters upload videos online by using proxy servers, which helped them bypass the regime’s restrictions. It supports a no-fly zone over Libya. It helps out protestors and activists in the Syrian civil war who are fighting the dictatorship. They were able to smuggle in medical equipment to help those who are suffering and injured who can not get help. They helped evacuate a British photographer who was wounded. They helped create a software that would enable people overseas to vote more easily.
Avaaz was founded by two well known organizations. Moveon.org and Res Publica both helped found Avaaz. It was also given help and support by Services Employees International Union. What about the people behind Avaaz? They are Tom Pravda, Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, who is a former congressman from Virginia, Eli Pariser of Moveon.org, David Madden, and others.
One of the things that make Avaaz unique is that they do not accept donations from large organization or corporations. This allows them not to be bound to any limitations. Instead, they accept all donations from concerned individuals who want to make a difference.