Focus on the Family

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Summary



Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God's design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

We're here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them.

No matter who you are, what you're going through or what challenges your family may be facing, we're here to help. With practical resources - like our 1-800 Family Help line, counseling and websites - we're committed to providing trustworthy, biblical guidance and support.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Focus on the Family
8605 Explorer Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-1051

Website: focusonthefamily.com

Phone: 1-800-232-6459

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 953188150

CEO/President: Mr. James D. Daly

Chairman: Greg King

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. James Dobson

Ruling year: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Purpose

Vision: Redeemed families worldwide through Christ.

Focus on the Family ("Focus") spreads the Gospel of Jesus Christ by helping to preserve traditional values and the institution of the family. The primary means of accomplishing these goals are radio broadcasts, periodicals, books, films, videos and events which share the message with constituents, schools, churches and the public at large in the United States, as well as around the world. Focus was founded in 1977 by Dr. James Dobson.


Mission statement

To be led by the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and affirming the God-ordained institution of the family and proclaiming biblical truths worldwide.

Ultimately, we believe the purpose of life is to know and glorify God through an authentic relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. This purpose is lived out first within our own families then extended, in love, to an increasingly broken world that desperately needs Him. Through our radio broadcasts, websites, simulcasts, conferences, interactive forums, magazines, books, counseling and much more, Focus on the Family equips parents, children and spouses to thrive in an ever-changing, ever-more-complicated world. If you feel there is a specific way we can help your family, or if you'd simply like to know more about us, please browse our website or call us toll-free at 1-800-A-FAMILY.


Statement of faith

1. We believe the Bible to be the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe 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. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

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

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Focus' faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is Focus' final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating254 of 110210 of 47
Fund acquisition rating639 of 110325 of 47
Resource allocation rating216 of 110313 of 47
Asset utilization rating289 of 11029 of 47

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021202020152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%8%7%8%9%9%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%7%6%6%7%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
94%89%86%85%86%89%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%7%7%7%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
6%11%14%15%14%11%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20222021202020152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%86%86%86%85%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
94%96%81%97%100%99%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
74%82%70%83%85%84%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
6%4%19%3%0%1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%7%29%5%0%1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%7%7%8%7%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20222021202020152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.731.181.061.341.371.37
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.452.031.992.673.044.38
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.402.392.113.604.166.00
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021202020152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
13.473.503.331.982.211.51
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.070.290.300.510.450.66
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.493.593.981.651.580.68
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021202020152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
7%16%17%22%19%19%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
120%71%78%58%59%59%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20222021202020152014
Cash$40,532,814$40,745,205$17,137,301$16,467,382$9,781,218
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$7,078,600$6,980,066$7,063,899$4,346,596$4,699,052
Short-term investments$3,535,285$997,581$2,459,397$5,000$179,387
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$51,146,699$48,722,852$26,660,597$20,818,978$14,659,657
Long-term investments$8,236,975$12,147,029$9,833,919$5,371,934$4,994,712
Fixed assets$38,918,352$33,342,764$31,588,307$31,956,043$33,279,169
Other long-term assets$5,590,928$2,941,500$3,228,604$5,039,192$11,223,802
Total long-term assets$52,746,255$48,431,293$44,650,830$42,367,169$49,497,683
Total assets$103,892,954$97,154,145$71,311,427$63,186,147$64,157,340
 
Liabilities20222021202020152014
Payables and accrued expenses$9,767,316$9,624,448$8,349,543$6,926,158$7,122,247
Other current liabilities$4,860,841$4,991,017$5,128,806$2,483,087$2,556,498
Total current liabilities$14,628,157$14,615,465$13,478,349$9,409,245$9,678,745
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,249,882$2,213,386$2,422,975$2,548,839$2,658,938
Total long-term liabilities$2,249,882$2,213,386$2,422,975$2,548,839$2,658,938
Total liabilities$16,878,039$16,828,851$15,901,324$11,958,084$12,337,683
 
Net assets20222021202020152014
Without donor restrictions$74,302,496$62,997,612$42,007,583$49,882,168$49,987,020
With donor restrictions$12,712,419$17,327,682$13,402,520$1,345,895$1,832,637
Net assets$87,014,915$80,325,294$55,410,103$51,228,063$51,819,657
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20222021202020152014
Total contributions$113,542,889$109,130,150$84,106,021$74,721,057$78,744,694
Program service revenue$7,385,183$6,241,942$3,994,484$2,300,889$1,046,290
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($2,042,181)$846,985$125,388$587,361$679,191
Other revenue$9,002,986$10,289,927$10,332,640$8,933,099$7,989,130
Total other revenue$14,345,988$17,378,854$14,452,512$11,821,349$9,714,611
Total revenue$127,888,877$126,509,004$98,558,533$86,542,406$88,459,305
 
Expenses20222021202020152014
Program services$105,059,570$88,240,197$82,232,157$73,904,926$73,986,481
Management and general$8,038,632$7,255,842$7,293,459$6,335,049$7,176,725
Fundraising$9,089,249$7,392,989$6,387,644$6,368,076$6,816,661
Total expenses$122,187,451$102,889,028$95,913,260$86,608,051$87,979,867
 
Change in net assets20222021202020152014
Surplus (deficit)$5,701,426$23,619,976$2,645,273($65,645)$479,438
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,701,426$23,619,976$2,645,273($65,645)$479,438

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
James D DalyPresident / CEO$285,093
Ken WindebankChief Operating Officer$199,254
Daniel R MellemaTreasurer/CFO$190,408
Robert WoodChief Information Officer$179,406
Tim GoegleinVice President$172,563
Joel VaughanChief Staff Officer$171,056
Michele WilsonVice President$155,992
Michael PouwVice President$150,915
Kurt LeanderVice President$150,900
Greg SmalleyVice President$145,857

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2015


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History

Focus On The Family began in 1977 in response to Dr. James Dobson's increasing concern for the American family. A Ph.D. in child development (University of Southern California), he served 14 years as associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine and a concurrent 17 years on the attending staff of Los Angeles Children's Hospital in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He saw massive internal and external pressures on American households that was causing unprecedented disintegration of families. Yet there seemed to be no comprehensive, rational and biblically based conception of the family by those in greatest need.

From a two-room suite in Arcadia, Calif., Dr. Dobson began with a 25-minute weekly radio program heard on only a few dozen stations. Focus has since become an international organization with more than 74 different ministries and nearly 1,300 employees. Focus has daily broadcasts heard on over 4,000 facilities worldwide, and Dr. Dobson still explores family issues, usually with one or more recognized experts as guests.

Meanwhile, other parts of the organization produce six additional broadcasts, ten magazines (sent to more than 2.3 million people a month), award-winning books, films, and videos. Focus also responds to as many as 55,000 letters a week, offers professional counseling and referrals to a network of 1,500 therapists, and addresses public policy and cultural issues.

Dr. Dobson's method attempts to "turn hearts toward home" by reasonable, biblical and empirical insights so people will be able to discover the founder of homes and the creator of families: Jesus Christ.

Focus on the Family Action, Inc. (FOFA) was organized as a religious corporation on April 2, 2004, and will specifically be active in the promotion of social welfare by addressing the Christian community and the Christian's responsibility in the public policy arena, both locally and nationally. It is organized under the Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Act for religious purposes. FOFA was formed for the express purpose of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to provide an educational service to parents and others who are concerned with healthy family living, toward the end of strengthening the family in its varied dimensions.


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