Christian charities made up nearly a quarter of the 100 best nonprofit groups for financial integrity in the United States, according to a leading nonprofit management magazine.
Twenty-two Christian organizations were ranked in the 2007 Top 100 list by The NonProfit Times. Notably, three groups – Catholic Charities, USA, The Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity International – were among the top 10 best charities.
To make the list, at least 10 percent of an organization's income must have come from public support.
International humanitarian and development groups World Vision and Food for the Poor ranked 14th and 18th, respectively, among other Christian nonprofits that made up made up a quarter of the top 20 charities.
Well-known ministries such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Samaritan's Purse and Compassion International were included in the top 50 nonprofits. Compassion, a leading child-development ministry, advanced to 48th place this year, up from 54th place a year ago.
"We are grateful to God for allowing us to experience such unprecedented growth," said Dr. Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International, in a statement Friday. "In addition to His unfailing guidance, God has blessed Compassion with committed sponsors and donors, whose trust and confidence are highly valued and never taken for granted."
"It is through their consistent financial loyalty, that Compassion has been blessed to see generations of lives transformed," Stafford added.
In addition to a higher ranking in The NonProfit Times, Compassion was given a four-star rating for the sixth consecutive year in 2007 by Charity Navigator – one of the nation's leading financial-accountability organizations.
Other Christian nonprofits that made the top 100 list included Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and Catholic Medical Mission Board.