Family Talk / Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

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Summary

The mission of the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute is to help 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. Within the Dobson Family Institute, we have four divisions of ministry-Family Talk, the Dobson Policy Center, the Dobson Education Center, and the Dobson Digital Library. The focus of the ministries is to encourage and equip families to live out their Christian faith within their homes and communities.


Contact information

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

Website: drjamesdobson.org

Phone: 877-732-6825

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 271394708

CEO/President: Joe Waresak

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


Purpose

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 rating694 of 111035 of 60
Fund acquisition rating732 of 111138 of 60
Resource allocation rating664 of 111132 of 60
Asset utilization rating494 of 111031 of 60

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%8%6%10%13%11%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%8%6%9%12%10%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
81%98%100%90%93%91%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%8%7%10%11%12%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
19%2%0%10%7%9%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%81%80%73%72%68%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
96%96%80%96%113%86%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%78%64%70%82%58%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
4%4%20%4%-13%14%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%8%44%15%-43%36%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%11%13%17%17%20%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.021.010.872.092.661.86
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.402.352.251.251.311.28
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.442.361.962.613.492.37
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.906.875.724.822.974.84
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.150.170.210.340.21
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.114.345.063.642.284.01
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%46%51%33%26%16%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%40%43%17%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
82%54%56%32%28%45%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20222021202020192018
Cash$3,876,281$4,189,044$3,035,884$2,168,196$2,943,161
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$228,382$208,118$173,460$188,636$108,093
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,104,663$4,397,162$3,209,344$2,356,832$3,051,254
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,664,718$4,723,848$33,327$50,698$84,806
Other long-term assets$859,524$768,123$770,335$678,067$761,517
Total long-term assets$5,524,242$5,491,971$803,662$728,765$846,323
Total assets$9,628,905$9,889,133$4,013,006$3,085,597$3,897,577
 
Liabilities20222021202020192018
Payables and accrued expenses$597,409$768,870$666,368$664,671$629,963
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$130,000$0
Total current liabilities$597,409$768,870$666,368$794,671$629,963
Debt$3,805,294$4,300,000$663,700$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$3,805,294$4,300,000$663,700$0$0
Total liabilities$4,402,703$5,068,870$1,330,068$794,671$629,963
 
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$4,837,429$4,172,031$1,647,228$2,014,373$2,228,284
With donor restrictions$388,773$648,232$1,035,710$276,553$1,039,330
Net assets$5,226,202$4,820,263$2,682,938$2,290,926$3,267,614
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20222021202020192018
Total contributions$9,880,656$10,735,391$7,878,968$6,748,439$7,634,006
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($2,262)$2,770$3,576$8,253$12,630
Other revenue$228,384$3,318$888,879$489,044$769,424
Total other revenue$226,122$6,088$892,455$497,297$782,054
Total revenue$10,106,778$10,741,479$8,771,423$7,245,736$8,416,060
 
Expenses20222021202020192018
Program services$7,849,065$6,898,501$6,138,887$5,937,542$4,921,140
Management and general$1,089,537$1,101,110$1,429,906$1,400,172$1,468,786
Fundraising$762,237$604,543$810,617$884,710$854,596
Total expenses$9,700,839$8,604,154$8,379,410$8,222,424$7,244,522
 
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$405,939$2,137,325$392,013($976,688)$1,171,538
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$405,939$2,137,325$392,013($976,688)$1,171,538

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Joe WaresakPresident$143,409
Brian McNultyVP of Broadcast and Media$142,293
Jenanne Jenkins-RattiVP Stewardship$129,004
James GottryVP of Public Policy$113,053
Brit Beau HendersonDirector of Creative$96,960
Dan LawrenceVP of Marketing$77,608
Dr James C DobsonCEO, Chairman of the Board$3,208

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022


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History

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.


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.


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