Family Talk / Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

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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


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


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

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Balance sheet
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
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
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
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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
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
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


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

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/28/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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.