Family Talk / Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

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The Dr. James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI) is a Christian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded initially as Family Talk in 2010 by Dr. James Dobson, the ministry promotes and teaches biblical principles that support marriage, family, and child-development. Since its inception, Family Talk has served families with broadcasts, monthly newsletters, feature articles, videos, blogs, books, and other resources available on demand via its website, mobile apps, and social media platforms. In 2017, the ministry rebranded under JDFI to expand its four core ministry divisions consisting of Family Talk, the Dobson Policy and Education Centers, and the Dobson Digital Library.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Family Talk
540 Elkton Drive
Ste 201
Colorado Springs, CO 80907


Phone: 877-732-6825

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 271394708

CEO/President: Dr. James Dobson

Chairman: Dr. James Dobson

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. James Dobson

Ruling year: 2010

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


1. We believe "Through wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established." Proverbs 24:3

2. We will not allow ourselves to get so busy with the cares of life that we neglect our children.

3. We will make our voices heard regarding the impact of godly families - on our children and on culture.

Mission statement

To help preserve and promote the institution of the family and the biblical principles on which it is based, and to seek to introduce as many people as possible to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Specifically, the focus of the ministry is on marriage, parenthood, evangelism, the sanctity of human life and encouraging righteousness in the culture.

Statement of faith

1. The Bible to be the inspired, only, infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2. That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

3. In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in his personal return in power and glory;

4. That for salvation of lost and sinful men and women, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential;

5. In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;

6. In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;

7. And in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating766 of 107739 of 57
Fund acquisition rating981 of 107847 of 57
Resource allocation rating898 of 107848 of 57
Asset utilization rating142 of 107711 of 57

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$173,460$188,636$108,093$158,215$640,291
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,209,344$2,356,832$3,051,254$1,604,725$2,406,858
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$33,327$50,698$84,806$92,207$116,532
Other long-term assets$770,335$678,067$761,517$833,666$895,515
Total long-term assets$803,662$728,765$846,323$925,873$1,012,047
Total assets$4,013,006$3,085,597$3,897,577$2,530,598$3,418,905
Payables and accrued expenses$666,368$664,671$629,963$434,522$541,673
Other current liabilities$0$130,000$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$666,368$794,671$629,963$434,522$541,673
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$663,700$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$1,330,068$794,671$629,963$434,522$541,673
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,647,228$2,014,373$2,228,284$1,544,202$1,721,830
With donor restrictions$1,035,710$276,553$1,039,330$551,874$1,155,402
Net assets$2,682,938$2,290,926$3,267,614$2,096,076$2,877,232
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,878,968$6,748,439$7,634,006$6,227,139$8,923,533
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,576$8,253$12,630$7,424$6,130
Other revenue$888,879$489,044$769,424$520,374$31
Total other revenue$892,455$497,297$782,054$527,798$6,161
Total revenue$8,771,423$7,245,736$8,416,060$6,754,937$8,929,694
Program services$6,138,887$5,937,542$4,921,140$5,982,144$6,803,031
Management and general$1,429,906$1,400,172$1,468,786$770,867$1,136,581
Total expenses$8,379,410$8,222,424$7,244,522$7,536,093$8,611,719
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$392,013($976,688)$1,171,538($781,156)$317,975
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$392,013($976,688)$1,171,538($781,156)$317,975


Joseph WaresakCOO$136,972
Brian McNultyVP Broadcast & Media$132,521
Jenanne JenkinsVP Stewardship$121,075
Dr James C DobsonPresident. CEO, Chairman o$20,392

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/24/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Program accomplishments

Dr. Dobson's flagship program, "Family Talk," is aired on more than 1,300 terrestrial radio outlets and numerous digital channels that reach millions of people each month.