2016 Presidential Candidate Project: Non-Profit Ratings, FFCC

How FFCC created ratings: According to their website, FFCC recognizes as “Champions for Children” 50 Members of Congress for their extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the future of America’s next generation. An additional 50 Members are recognized as “Defenders of Children” for their support of policies that advance the well-being of children. In selecting Champions and Defenders, FFCC notes leaders who introduced, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation to meet children’s needs. In addition, the organization considers Members who demonstrated extraordinary initiative by spearheading activities such as sponsoring hearings or garnering the support of their colleagues to improve the health and well-being of children. The full results of FFCC’s ratings for 2015-2012 can be found here: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012.


Ted Cruz

2015: No ranking

2014: No ranking

2013: No ranking

2012: N/A

Total years with positive ranking: 0 

Marco Rubio

2015: No ranking

2014: No ranking

2013: No ranking

2012: No ranking

Total years with positive ranking: 0

Bernie Sanders

2015 ranking: Defender

2014 ranking: Champion

2013 ranking: Champion

2012 ranking: Champion

Total years with positive ranking: 4

Candidates this metric does not apply to

Jeb Bush

Ben Carson

Chris Christie

Hillary Clinton

Carly Fiorina

John Kasich

Donald Trump


Bernie Sanders: 4 out of 4 years of positive rankings

Ted Cruz: 0 out 3 years of positive rankings

Marco Rubio: 0 out of 4 years of positive rankings

Highest performer(s) of metric: Bernie Sanders

Lowest performer(s) of metric: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio