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Customer Spotlight: Change.org

Posted November 12, 2015 by Webpass

Change.org was founded in 2007 by Ben Rattray. During his senior year at Stanford, his younger brother confided in Ben that he was gay and described the suffering he had faced because of discrimination. That conversation changed everything for Ben. A career path originally headed towards Wall Street was no longer his calling, but rather, dedicating his future to fighting for social change. Like many startups, Change.org spent the first few years searching for its place in the world. They originally launched as a social network to mobilize communities around important issues, and over time transformed into a blogging platform for social issues, where staff members wrote blog posts and launched accompanying petition campaigns.

In 2010, a woman named Ndumi Funda used Change.org from a Cape Town Internet cafe to start a petition to end the ‘corrective rape’ of lesbians. The petition went viral, gathering over 171,000 signatures from 175 countries, and the South African government listened and formed a team to tackle the issue. Change.org watched people like Ndumi drive extraordinary change with petitions, and in 2010 the team decided to rebuild Change.org around the petition tool.

Over 120 million people have come to Change.org to create the change they want to see in the world, and over 40 million have achieved victory through a petition they’ve signed on Change.org. Today, the organization has over 300 employees in 18 countries across North America, Europe, South America, and the Asia Pacific, with plans to continue expanding.

We feel fortunate that Change.org selected Webpass as their Internet provider. We look forward to following them as they continue to change the world and make it a better place.

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