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Policy Organizations Ranked by Charity Navigator


Of 322 leading policy organizations in the United States regularly examined by Charity Navigator, the premier evaluator of public charities, The Independent Institute ranks in the top 4% with a highest 4-Star Rating, above virtually all other think tanks. The rating is based on a weighted assessment of organizational efficiency (fundraising efficiency, fundraising expenses, program expenses, and administration expenses) and capacity (average annual growth of primary revenue, average annual growth of program expenses, and working capital ratio). Furthermore, of all organizations rated, the Institute is almost alone in having a written privacy policy. Here is a comparative sampling of organizations listed by ranking

Here is a comparative sampling of public policy and advocacy organizations as of February 21, 2008.

Organization
Overall Rating
(70 max)
Star Rating
The Independent Institute 66.59 ****
Carnegie Institution 65.81 ****
Electronic Frontier Foundation 65.67 ****
ACLU Foundation 65.39 ****
American Council on Science and Health 61.87 ****
People for the American Way Foundation 60.75 ****
Competitive Enterprise Institute 60.19 ****
Leadership Institute 60.12 ****
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty 59.96 ***
World Resources Institute 58.91 ***
The Brookings Institution 58.58 ***
Committee for Economic Development 58.51 ***
The Heritage Foundation 58.24 ***
Earthwatch Institute 57.91 ***
Reason Foundation 57.89 ***
American Association for the Advancement of Science 57.67 ***
Pacific Research Institute 57.22 ***
Center for Science in the Public Interest 56.99 ***
Family Research Council 55.60 ***
Economic Policy Institute 55.19 ***
National Center for Policy Analysis 54.54 ***
The Alan Guttmacher Institute 54.47 ***
Young America's Foundation 54.20 ***
Pacific Legal Foundation 54.17 ***
Ethics and Public Policy Center 54.09 ***
Ayn Rand Institute 53.06 ***
Woodrow Wilson International Center 52.78 ***
Public Citizen Foundation 52.36 ***
NAACP 52.03 ***
Hillsdale College 51.61 ***
Rand Corporation 50.82 ***
Media Research Center 50.61 ***
Ludwig Von Mises Institute 50.27 ***
National Immigration Forum 50.08 ***
Resources for the Future 49.87 **
Institute for Policy Studies 49.00 **
Foundation for Economic Education 47.52 **
Citizens Against Government Waste 46.59 **
Feminist Majority Foundation 46.46 **
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 45.19 **
Cato Institute 44.95 **
Mercatus Center 43.33 **
Mountain States Legal Foundation 41.84 **
League of Women Voters Education Fund 40.41 **
Legal Momentum 40.14 **
Simon Wiesenthal Center 39.32 *
Santa Fe Institute 39.23 *
Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics 37.84 *
George C. Marshall Institute 34.96 *
Population Institute 25.06 *