Avaaz, A Modern Voice For The People

Unlike any development throughout history, nothing has brought people together like the internet. It enables people all over the world to voice their concerns. They can share their stories to a global audience, regardless of their background. The activist organization Avaaz harnesses this power to unite these voices. In fact, their name originates from the word “voice,” across various languages. The diverse group operates in nearly 200 countries and 15 languages. By utilizing modern online activism strategies, they are successfully able to bring about positive change.

Avaaz’s strength comes from its members. Over 44 million of them. Since 2009, the group’s funding has derived solely from individual donations. Each year the leadership takes member suggestions and then conducts a poll to determine which campaigns to run. Whether fighting to end government corruption or working to clean up the environment, Avaaz members will do it. It can start as easily as viewing one of their powerful and informative YouTube videos. Members can then sign petitions, contact local leaders or spread the message via social media. After gaining enough support, members can get together to protest and march.

When world leaders met in 2014 to discuss climate change, Avaaz members stepped up to organize the People’s Climate Marches. These record-breaking marches helped to persuade leaders into shaping and passing the Paris Climate Accord. In Syria, Avaaz members continue an ongoing struggle to end the fighting while providing aid to those caught in the middle. When a natural disaster strikes, Avaaz members are some of the first to donate millions in funds and create supply lines for those affected by the destruction. Avaaz’s website lists hundreds of successful campaigns such as these. Avaaz proves that when people come together, the world can be changed for the better.

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Stephen Rotella; A Dynamic Financial Leader And Philanthropist

Stephen Rotella is recognized globally for his excellence in operational and strategic management in the banking and financial industry. Right now, Stephen is the CEO and president of StoneCastle Partners LLC.



With numerous endorsements from other giants in the industry, Stephen inspires innovation and change that ultimately lead to growth in assets and profitability. Stephen lives in New York.


Background and Achievements


Stephen graduated from the State University of Newyork at Stony Brook with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He went on with his education and attained an MBA in Finance and Information Systems.


After graduation, Stephen set of his career in the retail, brokerage, system consulting, and brokerage industries. With his foundation intact, he moved on to Chase Home Finance where he worked for 18 years.


Stephen then left Chase and joined Washington Mutual. He served as the company’s president and CEO for three years.


During his time at Chase Home Finance, and Washington Mutual, Stephen significantly impacted the success of both companies.


Stephen Rotella then moved on to become the CEO of StoneCastle Management. Armed with three decades of experience in strategic and operational management, Stephen was elected President of StoneCastle Partners LLC in 2014.


Under Stephen’s leadership and guidance, StoneCastle Cash Management acquired Intermedium Sweep Business. He pointed out that the acquisition would cement the company’s position as the leading insured deposit providers.


Furthermore, StoneCastle Management would be in a position to assist firms and institutions that might be facing challenges in providing value to their clients while also trying to improve their assets and profits.


Impact on The Community


Stephen believes in promoting arts. He focuses on assisting the less privileged, in particular through the arts industry. To this effect, he previously served on several regional arts companies.


Stephen was recently selected to act as the board chairman for LIFT. He reiterated that the was honored to be instrumental in alleviating poverty in the US and making a difference in people’s lives.


Stephen Rotella is a world-renowned leader in the banking and financial industry who continues to come up with innovative ways to influence the industry and provide sustainable financial solutions.