I’ve been a supporter of Oxfam for over ten years, and am so proud they have been rated the third best NGO in 2012 by a recent study. Wikimedia made #1.
Of course the difficulty of comparing one NGO to another is intelligently qualified:
What is an NGO? For the purposes of this project, we defined NGOs as operational or advocacy focused non-profit organizations organized on a local, national or international level.
Some may quibble with this definition, just as they may quibble with the idea of ranking NGOs in the first place. While we devised a specific set of metrics to guide our choices – including impact, innovation, transparency, accountability and efficiency – there is no science in the measuring.
How does one – after all – compare the fundamental societal impact of an organization like the Wikimedia Foundation, with the tangible outputs of a well oiled humanitarian machine?