Global Journal Ranks Heifer No. 12 Among Top 100 NGOs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 1, 2012) We are honored that the Global Journal ranked Heifer International No. 12 in its first international ranking of nongovernmental organizations. Heifer was selected because its "inexpensive and uncomplicated formula for development has seen improvements in health, nutrition and income as well as increased gender equity and family values for its recipients across-the-board."

The Global Journal, which "waded through a sea of annual reports, project documentation and testimonials," to determine the rankings, sought to honor top NGOs who exhibit "the power of a great idea, well-executed." The Geneva and New York-based publication features innovative and influential ideas, in-depth reports, compelling images and global leaders, and is dedicated to reflecting the international community of decision makers.

The list reads like a Who's Who of impactful and important organizations such as Partners in Health, Oxfam, International Rescue Committee and Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), but Heifer is honored to be the first organization listed whose programs are solely aimed at sustainable development.

As the Global Journal reports, "Heifer has seen tremendous success … where farmers have, together with Heifer staff, collectively identified target areas for community improvement as well as set up participatory cooperative groups to share skills and generate joint decision-making."

"This is another amazing honor for the work that we do in partnership with our families everyday," said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International. Previously, the organization has received the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize, been recognized by Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as by Forbes, Fast Company and Business Week magazines. The organization's former longtime president, Jo Luck, was also named a co-laureate of the prestigious World Food Prize in 2010.

For the full list, visit the Global Journal website