American Family Association

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American Family Association (AFA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the front lines of America's culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988.

Today, AFA is led by president Tim Wildmon, and it continues as one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with hundreds of thousands of supporters.

Contact information

Mailing address:
American Family Association
PO Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803-2440


Phone: (662) 844-5036


Organization details

EIN: 640607275

CEO/President: Mr. Tim Wildmon

Chairman: Terry Pierce

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. Don Wildmon

Ruling year: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


The vision of American Family Association is to be a leading organization in biblical worldview training for cultural transformation.

Mission statement

The mission of American Family Association is to inform, equip, and activate individuals and families to transform American culture and to give aid to the church, here and abroad, in its calling to fulfill the Great Commission.

Statement of faith

American Family Association believes that God has communicated absolute truth to mankind and that all people are subject to the authority of God's Word at all times. Therefore, AFA believes that a culture based on biblical truth best serves the well-being of our nation and our families, in accordance with the vision of our founding documents. AFA believes personal transformation through the gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture.

AFA believes the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:16-21

AFA believes that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Luke 3:22; John 1:1-5

AFA believes 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. Matthew 1:23, 16:27, 24:27-31, 25:31-46, 28:1-20; Luke 1:26-38, 24:39; Acts 1:9, 11, 2:22-33, 10:38; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3, 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Revelation 1:7

AFA believes that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. John 3:1-21; Titus 3:5

AFA believes in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. John 14:15-26; Acts 1:8

AFA believes 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. Matthew 25:46; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8

AFA believes in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:1-6; Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:15-16

AFA believes God created mankind, both male and female, in His image and likeness. Every human being bears the imago Dei. Therefore, AFA believes in the sanctity of human life, which must be protected from conception through natural expiration. Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13-16

AFA believes marriage is the exclusive and committed lifelong union of one man and one woman. It is the foundational construct of society at-large, and it is a fundamental and indispensable component of God's church. Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6

AFA believes God ordained the marital covenant as the exclusive context for sexual contact to be enjoyed between a husband (one man) and his wife (one woman). As such, any extramarital sexual contact is decried by God as sinful conduct, and it is defined by God's Word as fornication and/or adultery. Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Exodus 20:14, 17; Matthew 5:27-30; Acts 15:20, 29, 21:25; Romans 1:16-32; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9-20, 7:2, 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:16-21; Ephesians 5:1-5; Colossians 3:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5; Jude 1:7

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating409 of 102216 of 41
Fund acquisition rating269 of 10247 of 41
Resource allocation rating232 of 102414 of 41
Asset utilization rating876 of 102234 of 41

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,106,260$1,112,766$1,968,990$2,462,462$1,604,337
Short-term investments$32,022,936$22,673,466$8,152,191$5,497,067$3,604,889
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$41,000,609$30,552,341$27,033,199$23,746,801$20,832,187
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$10,655,594$9,877,987$10,794,585$12,003,144$13,283,165
Other long-term assets$2,010,084$1,654,031$865,403$261,492$246,356
Total long-term assets$12,665,678$11,532,018$11,659,988$12,264,636$13,529,521
Total assets$53,666,287$42,084,359$38,693,187$36,011,437$34,361,708
Payables and accrued expenses$628,247$375,086$1,045,837$778,034$789,206
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$628,247$375,086$1,045,837$778,034$789,206
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,356,888$6,591,899$5,972,023$5,448,667$4,889,311
Total long-term liabilities$7,356,888$7,982,699$5,972,023$5,448,667$4,889,311
Total liabilities$7,985,135$8,357,785$7,017,860$6,226,701$5,678,517
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$45,518,138$33,556,869$31,494,033$29,784,736$28,683,191
With donor restrictions$163,014$169,705$181,294$0$0
Net assets$45,681,152$33,726,574$31,675,327$29,784,736$28,683,191
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$28,212,628$20,455,693$18,262,534$18,563,240$18,030,678
Program service revenue$58,120$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,481,324($98,817)$217,681$94,093$78,629
Other revenue$294,809$985,479$3,000,773$701,854$959,086
Total other revenue$2,834,253$886,662$3,218,454$795,947$1,037,715
Total revenue$31,046,881$21,342,355$21,480,988$19,359,187$19,068,393
Program services$16,496,861$16,500,226$16,776,228$16,369,577$17,004,520
Management and general$1,307,386$1,428,455$1,416,525$943,526$921,876
Total expenses$19,085,612$19,279,519$19,592,005$18,257,642$18,860,780
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$11,961,269$2,062,836$1,888,983$1,101,545$207,613
Other changes in net assets($6,691)($11,589)$1,608$0$0
Total change in net assets$11,954,578$2,051,247$1,890,591$1,101,545$207,613


Timothy B WildmonPresident$216,065
Abraham Hamilton IIIGeneral Coun$173,737
Casey M Smith JrSenior Vice$145,785
Edward VitaglianoExecutive VI$117,593
Walter BillingsleySecretary/Tr$108,392
Donald E WildmonChairman Eme$51,563

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/28/2022. To update the information below, please email:


Donald E. Wildmon, an ordained United Methodist minister who earned his Master of Divinity from Emory College in 1965, founded the National Federation for Decency in 1977. The National Federation for Decency became the American Family Association (AFA) in 1988.

Since Don and his wife Lynda have four children and five grandchildren, they know first-hand the battle parents face in teaching their families traditional moral values. Don tells in his own words how AFA was founded:

"One evening in 1977 I sat down with my family to watch TV. On one channel was adultery, on another cursing, on another a man beating another over the head with a hammer. I asked the children to turn off the TV. I sat there, got angry, and said, 'If they're going to bring this into my home, I'm going to do all I can to change it."

"I brooded for a while and then came up with a plan for our church to turn off the TV for a week. I sent out a press release and the national media picked up on it.

Through that 'Turn off the TV Week' I learned there were literally millions of other people around the country who felt the same way I did. That was the beginning of the American Family Association."

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The American Family Association requests the following:
(1) Pray daily for their ministry and our country. (2) Get informed. Sign up to their mailing list (e-mail and regular). AFA will keep you become informed on the battles going on, as well as how you can help. (3) Consider starting a local AFA Affiliate to "fight the good fight" in your own back yard. AFA will help you to be effective on the local level. (4) Consider making a financial gift.