The 2019 scoring campaign is now underway! Make sure you participate in the first Top 500 NGOs Asia. Rankings will be released in January 2019.


The Asian nonprofit sector is booming, with one NGO for every 600 inhabitants in India alone. But in many countries, the sector still struggles with a serious transparency deficit; in others, NGOs are fighting to gain the same international acclaim as their Western European and American counterparts. Time for a Top 500 NGOs Asia.

Introducing the TOP 500 NGOs Asia

The nonprofit sector across the Asian continent and Pacific Islands is flourishing. Over two million NGOs are estimated to be operating in India alone. Many of these organizations do not report details of their income and expenses to their central governments. But the movement for NGO transparency is gaining traction both in the public and private sectors, and tens of thousands of NGOs are now registered with governments across the region.

Throughout the region, we see a nonprofit sector expanding to include NGOs both large and small, both old and new, of both local and foreign origin. Whether local or foreign, many large NGOs operating in the region could hardly function without the support of smaller local NGOs. Networking with local partners is a critical part of scaling up the impact of NGOs in a region that is home to half the world’s population. Considering the size and scale of the nonprofit sector in Asia, particularly in such Southeast Asian countries as India and Bangladesh, we have decided to give these NGOs a ranking of their own: the Top 500 NGOs Asia. This Top 500 may not solve problems with transparency and scale, but it will help NGOs to establish best practices, engage with the international humanitarian community, spread their movement, and gain support from larger organizations. Our platform offers global visibility and a well-respected ranking system that will allow Asian NGOs grow and thrive. So welcome to the first-ever Top 500 NGOs Asia! Join the competition and add your org today!



Estimated number of NGOs in India alone

4.5 billion

4.5 billion

Population on the Asian continent and Pacific Islands



average population growth rate across all Asian countries


How can I tell if my organization is eligible to participate in the Top 500 NGOs Asia?

Organizations that wish to participate in the Asian rankings must have an executive team based in an Asian country and must run at least one major program in Asia and the Pacific Islands. If you believe your organization meets these requirements, please tick the “Participate in the Top 500 NGOs Asia” box on the online questionnaire. If we have concerns about your participation, we will contact you.

Organizations that are headquartered in Asia but do not conduct any major activity in Asia are not eligible to participate in this ranking. We encourage NGOs headquartered but not active in Asia to participate in the Top 500 NGOs World.

If an Asian organization is ranked in the Top 500 NGOs World, is it automatically ranked in the Top 500 NGOs Asia?

An organization headquartered in Asia and ranked in the Top 500 NGOs World will not be automatically ranked in the Top 500 NGOs Asia. It will have to go through the ranking process for the Top 500 NGOs Asia separately. It will, however, be automatically submitted for scoring in the Asian competition.

The same applies to an organization that in the Top 500 NGOs Asia: it will be automatically included in the scoring process for the Top 500 NGOs World, but will not be automatically ranked.

Can an organization be ranked in both the Asian and World Top 500 lists?

Yes, it is possible for an organization to be ranked in more than one Top 500 list, but this situation can only arise in one of two scenarios.

First, the organization could be headquartered in an Asian country and doing excellent work in both its home country and abroad, earning it a Top 500 spot in both the World and Asian rankings.

Second, an organization might have multiple branches. As long as each branch operates independently of the others, each is eligible to participate in different rankings. For example, MSF is a Geneva-based NGO that operates around the world, making it seem to be eligible to participate only in the World ranking; however, MSF also has an independent Hong Kong headquarters that can participate in the Asian ranking.

Does an organization with a profile on the NGO ADVISOR platform have to create a new profile for the Asian platform?

Organizations headquartered in Asia that already have a profile on the NGO ADVISOR World platform do not have to create a second profile to take part in the Asian rankings, as long as their annual report and fiscal statements are similar for both rankings.

Organizations that are active in Asia and wish to participate in the Asian ranking, but which are part of an international network or are a subsidiary of an organization headquartered outside Asia, must submit an annual report that is consistent with their Asian fiscal statements.

Does an organization have to pay twice to participate in both the World and Asian rankings?

There is no fee to participate in either the Top 500 World or Asia rankings. An organization may fill out the questionnaire and participate in both rankings for free by choosing the Listed PRO Plan. If an organization chooses to purchase a paid PRO Plan and create a profile, the information provided in the account might be valid for both the Asian and World rankings.

If an organization is headquartered outside Asia but has an active Asian subsidiary, the subsidiary is eligible to participate in the Top 500 NGOs Asia as long as it files a financial statement to an Asian central government. The subsidiary can register for free by creating a NGO PRO Plan Listed account and filling out the questionnaire with information related to its Asian operations. If the subsidiary would like to have its own profile then it must upgrade to a Registered, Verified, or Certified NGO PRO Plan.