Family Research Council, Inc.

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Founded in 1983, Family Research Council is a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to articulating and advancing a family-centered philosophy of public life. In addition to providing policy research and analysis for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government, FRC seeks to inform the news media, the academic community, business leaders, and the general public about family issues that affect the nation from a biblical worldview.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Family Research Council, Inc.
801 G St NW.
Washington, DC 20001


Phone: 800-225-4008


Organization details

EIN: 521792772

CEO/President: Tony Perkins

Chairman: Ronnie Floyd/ Michele Backmann

Board size: 10


Ruling year: 2020

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


Family Research Council's vision is a prevailing culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.

Mission statement

Family Research Council's mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a biblical worldview.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating60 of 10312 of 42
Fund acquisition rating284 of 103210 of 42
Resource allocation rating55 of 10327 of 42
Asset utilization rating196 of 10319 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$113,953$127,162$149,748$164,860$373,501
Short-term investments$500,033$100,017$74,998$400,468$75,573
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,130,203$4,774,966$4,854,476$3,762,199$3,997,375
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,556,427$1,574,799$1,419,007$1,398,676$1,582,113
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,556,427$1,574,799$1,419,007$1,398,676$1,582,113
Total assets$6,686,630$6,349,765$6,273,483$5,160,875$5,579,488
Payables and accrued expenses$889,250$893,962$1,011,565$796,493$1,010,108
Other current liabilities$146,679$125,000$153,500$164,000$188,750
Total current liabilities$1,035,929$1,018,962$1,165,065$960,493$1,198,858
Due to (from) affiliates$31,199$28,821$21,353$0$457
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$31,199$28,821$21,353$0$457
Total liabilities$1,067,128$1,047,783$1,186,418$960,493$1,199,315
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,502,645$3,693,659$4,357,202$3,725,632$4,072,498
With donor restrictions$1,116,857$1,608,323$729,863$474,750$307,675
Net assets$5,619,502$5,301,982$5,087,065$4,200,382$4,380,173
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,408,146$14,482,476$14,739,726$14,622,134$11,632,585
Program service revenue$1,744,654$3,196,178$1,983,932$1,731,896$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$24,698$17,539$11,470$3,702$2,257
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$649,987
Total other revenue$1,769,352$3,213,717$1,995,402$1,735,598$652,244
Total revenue$18,177,498$17,696,193$16,735,128$16,357,732$12,284,829
Program services$15,073,020$14,558,022$13,460,643$14,131,113$9,833,471
Management and general$1,886,204$1,941,304$1,548,360$1,446,533$1,139,229
Total expenses$17,859,978$17,481,276$15,848,445$16,537,523$11,908,951
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$317,520$214,917$886,683($179,791)$375,878
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$317,520$214,917$886,683($179,791)$375,878


Anthony R PerkinsPresident & CEO$314,573
Harold HarperSenior VP & Chief of Staff$223,253
Paul TripodiTreasurer$198,697
William BoykinExecutive Vice President$197,240
Scott HurleyVP - Development$185,741
Kenyn CuretonVP - Christian Resources$183,987
Sharon HeltonSr Director of Events$172,803
Gil MertzDirector - Strategic Giving$165,505
Christopher GacekSr Fellow - Regulatory Policy$159,345

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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When Family Research Council opened its doors in 1983, official Washington paid it little attention. After all, cause-oriented nonprofits are a dime a dozen in the nation's capital, new policy shops come and go, and most wither away over time.

Not Family Research Council. FRC would prove to have a lasting influence on the affairs of the nation. In time, FRC became one of America's most creative and effective policy organizations.

The seeds for FRC's growth were planted in a time of turmoil and watered with work and prayer. After attending a research planning meeting for President Carter's 1980 White House Conference on Families, Dr. James Dobson met and prayed with a group of eight Christian leaders at a Washington hotel. From that beginning, resolve was formed to establish Family Research Council, and one of those present that night, Gerald P. Regier, became our first president. FRC's immediate goal was to counter the credentialed voices arrayed against life and family with equally capable men and women of faith.

Drawing upon his experience at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Reagan administration, Regier developed fresh means to link pro-family experts with government research and policy-making offices. He arranged for Congressional testimony, provided reports to elected officials, amassed evidence for legal briefs on family issues, helped secure appointments on government panels, and offered media commentary. This foundational work formed the core for FRC's long-term success.

In 1988 FRC merged with and became a division of Focus on the Family. Gary L. Bauer, former Under Secretary of Education and domestic policy adviser to President Reagan, assumed leadership of FRC. With an infusion of funding from a generous family, he immediately helped raise its public profile and impact. With new battles over a national child care system and the arrival of the Clinton administration, FRC was thrust into the midst of several social issue debates that gripped the nation.

In response, Bauer gave close attention to building a national network of concerned citizens and educated activists eager to engage the national issues. Throughout the 1990s FRC's expert and grassroots networks grew exponentially.

FRC moved to establish permanent bases from which to fight for "the permanent things." Thanks to the generosity of the DeVos and Prince families of Western Michigan, a home office was established in the heart of a revitalized Washington, D.C., and a dynamic distribution center was opened in Holland, Michigan. This strategic presence distinguishes FRC and its intention to make a lasting difference for timeless values across our land. Today our Washington home at Gallery Place stands at the hub of a thriving city, a sign of our determination to preserve and advance the heritage of religious belief and family values handed down from generation to generation.

In 1992, FRC made another strategic decision that afforded it greater scope, once again becoming an independent nonprofit. An independent board was created, sharing three members, including Dr. Dobson, with the board of directors of Focus on the Family.

In 2000, FRC's board of directors appointed Kenneth L. Connor -- a prominent Florida attorney and national pro-life leader -- as our third president.

During his time at the helm, Connor sought to sharpen FRC's public policy agenda, with special focus on the sanctity of human life, defense of man-woman marriage, humane elder care, religious liberty, parental choice in education, and family tax relief.

Connor also sought to ensure that FRC would be better known for what it advocated than what it opposed. He attracted prominent scholars to partner with FRC, spoke passionately for the most vulnerable members of society, and promoted the highly respected Witherspoon Fellowship. Under his leadership, the Fellowship rose to new influence as a Biblically-based, semester-long academic and practical training ground for future cultural and civic leaders.

FRC welcomed Tony R. Perkins in 2003 as our fourth president. He had served for eight years in the Louisiana legislature, where he pioneered measures like the nation's first covenant marriage law.

Tony began his tenure at FRC just as the nationwide struggle to preserve man-woman marriage exploded. With the unprecedented decision of Massachusetts' highest court, a new issue was joined and the stakes in the judicial confirmation process at the federal level were raised another notch. To all this, Tony brought the profound conviction that campaigns to protect the family and the church could not succeed without a renewal of cultural engagement among the pastorate.

Guided by this vision, FRC established Church Ministries, its first new department in nearly a decade, to reach out to pastors and to equip and embolden them. At a time of global political uncertainty where foundational institutions are endangered as never before, where marriage is undermined and human life itself is being redefined, leaders must stand strong in the pulpits as well as the halls of power.

As FRC deepens its mission and renews its vision, we look forward with hope and confidence to the future.

Today our policy department is assembling a new team of credentialed experts equipped with cutting-edge analysis and research. Our government affairs division, recognized by friend and foe alike for its excellence and character, is a force on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. Our communications team and the spokesmen it puts forward daily have become the "family voice" of choice for the national and even international media.

FRC is going wherever technology will carry words and images. Through broadcast video, the Internet, and radio, via RSS feeds and IPod downloads, by guest editorials and print interviews, through legal briefs and on-campus debates, using sermon notes and even tracking votes, FRC is making the cause of faith, family and freedom real and immediate. Not content to champion our cause for this day only, we continue to work with the rising generation through student internships to make a permanent home for family advocacy here at the seat of national government.

Thanks to the vision and dedication of its founders and leaders, past and present, along with the faithful prayers and generosity of its friends, today's Family Research Council continues to bring evidence and argument to the public square. We have had the privilege for 37 years to champion all that the Author of Life has given us. We ask His blessing anew as we strive to preserve His gifts of faith, family, and freedom for years to come.

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One may join in the work of FRC by supporting FRC financially, they also provide a number of other stewardship opportunities. More information may be found on their website.