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30 Largest Advocacy Groups

Below is a list of the 30 largest Christian advocacy organizations in the United States.  These are organizations that seek to promote a Christian worldview in areas of public policy — including life, marriage, and religious liberty.  It also includes organizations that do other things — such as housing or development — but which have significant advocacy activities.

This list should not be interpreted as a list of recommended ministries.  They are ranked by total revenue, and not by ministry effectiveness, financial efficiency, or any other measure.  That said, the Financial Efficiency rating and the Transparency Grade of each ministry is listed.

To learn more about these ministries, click on the ministry’s name and read the complete MinistryWatch profile on this organization.

If you would like to know more about our Financial Efficiency Rating, click here.  If you would like to know more about our Transparency Grades, click here.  If you would like to compare this year’s list to last year’s list, click here.


Rank OrganizationLeader Revenue ECFA?Financial Efficiency RatingTransparency Grade
1International Fellowship of Christians and JewsYael Eckstein $125,665,151 No1C
2Bethesda Lutheran CommunitiesMike Thirtle $103,648,163 Yes2A
3Alliance Defending FreedomMichael P. Farris $69,046,656 Yes1A
4The Voice of the MartyrsCole Richards $59,077,247 Yes4C
5American Center for Law and JusticeJay Alan Sekulow $23,016,892 NoNot RatedC
6American Family AssociationTim Wildmon $21,342,355 Yes4A
7Giving Children HopeJoe Schoeningh $19,292,870 No5C
8Family Research CouncilTony Perkins $17,696,193 Yes4A
9Human CoalitionJeff Bradford $16,152,856 Yes2A
10First Liberty InstituteKelly Shackelford $14,810,344 Yes3A
11Life Action MinistriesByron Paulus $14,432,884 Yes3A
12Students for Life of AmericaKristan Hawkins $12,244,697 No4C
13Save The StorksDiane Ferraro $8,380,173 Yes2C
14The A21 CampaignNicholas Caine $8,050,835 Yes2A
15Safe Families for ChildrenDavid Anderson $7,741,735 Yes4A
16Becket Fund for Religious LibertyWilliam P. Mumma $7,480,239 No3C
17Bread for the World InstituteDavid Beckmann $5,880,720 No4D
18Care NetRoland Warren $5,551,167 Yes3A
19The National Center on Sexual ExploitationPatrick A. Trueman $5,322,399 No4D
20Live ActionLila Rose $5,102,067 No2D
21Kingdom AdvisorsAnthony Stinson $4,884,996 Yes4A
22Cornerstone Assistance NetworkMike Doyle $4,409,404 Yes3A
23Bridges for PeaceJames B. Solberg $4,351,207 Yes4C
24Concerned Women for AmericaPenny Young Nance $4,349,197 Yes2A
25Shared Hope InternationalLinda Smith $3,887,939 Yes3A
26Rapha InternationalStephanie Garman Freed $3,809,438 Yes2A
27Americans United for LifeCatherine Glenn Foster $3,200,917 No1C
28Christian Legal SocietyDavid Nammo $2,157,576 Yes4A
29Life CentersTom Shevlot $2,147,334 Yes3A
30Life Legal Defense FoundationAlexandra Snyder $2,135,256 Yes3A
Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.