The best organizations in America for making positive cultural change are the American Center for Law & Justice, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, the latter two run by Franklin Graham, according to a newly released survey of Christians.
“If you want to make a difference in American culture, you are most likely to do it in conjunction with a non-profit,” said the survey by the American Culture & Faith Institute.
“That’s one of the striking conclusions from a national survey among Christian conservatives conducted by the American Culture & Faith Institute.”
The organization, a division of United in Purpose-Education, is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research group that does national surveys to assess the activity of “politically conservative, spiritual[ly] active Christians in America.”
The new survey asked those who are SAGE Cons – Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservatives – which groups they believe made the most positive impact on American society during 2016.
“The survey respondents overwhelmingly identified non-profit organizations as the entities making the greatest positive difference in American society last year. Of the five dozen organizations specified by survey respondents, only one of them – Fox News – was a for-profit organization,” the group said.
The ACLJ, led by Jay Sekulow, was mentioned by 35 percent of the respondents and topped the list. The BGEA was second, at 33 percent, and Samaritan’s Purse third with 29 percent.
Following in order were the American Family Association, 27 percent; Focus on the Family, 23 percent; and the Family Research Council, 22 percent.
“Both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse are currently under the leadership of Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham,” the report said.
Also mentioned were Heritage Foundation, National Right to Life, Judicial Watch and Hillsdale College.
- ACLJ, 35 percent
- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 33 percent
- Samaritan’s Purse, 29 percent
- American Family Association, 27 percent
- Focus on the Family, 23 percent
- Family Research Council, 22 percent
- Fox News, 19 percent
- Heritage Foundation, 17 percent
- National Right to Life, 16 percent
- Judicial Watch, 14 percent
- Hillsdale College, 13 percent
- Liberty Counsel, 9 percent
- Tea Party, 9 percent
- WikiLeaks, 9 percent
- Salvation Army, 8 percent
- National Rifle Association, 8 percent
- Colson Center, 7 percent
- Ravi Zacharias Ministries, 7 percent
- Susan B. Anthony List, 5 percent
- Habitat for Humanity, 4 percent
The survey had a sample size of 700 qualified adults and represents the American population “who are registered voters; conservative on political matters; have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior; are active in pursuing their Christian faith; and are actively engaged in politics and government.”
That segment is estimated at 20 to 25 million across the United States.