Global Journal recently announced its list of top 100 global NGOs, ranking the Wikimedia Foundation #2 overall (#1 for Education and Innovation). Global Journal is a Geneva-based publication focusing on issues facing global businesses, NGOs, and public sector workers.
The Journal wrote that the Foundation, “represents a path-breaking example of what an NGO can achieve in the Internet era. Working with relatively meagre resources and committed to a funding model based on mass private donations as opposed to large institutional grants, the organization continues, through an innovative application of new technologies, to have a deep and abiding impact on the lives of millions around the world.”
The Journal also noted that Wikipedia is localized in 285 languages and it praised the commitment we’ve made to expanding access to those Wikipedias, particularly in developing countries.
Global Journal had ranked us at the top of the list last year, but that honor went to BRAC, the Bangladeshi development organization and the largest NGO in the world, with over 100,000 employees, 70 percent of whom are women.
Our hearty congratulations to BRAC and our thanks to Global Journal for recognizing the Wikimedia Foundation. This recognition underscores the hard work of our global volunteer community of 100,000 active contributors, whose dedication makes Wikipedia and its sister sites successful.
Lisa Gruwell, Deputy Chief Revenue Officer