Family Talk


Family Talk, also known as 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.

Contact information

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


Phone: 877-732-6825


Organization details

EIN: 271394708

CEO/President: Dr. James Dobson


Board size: 5

Founder: Dr. James Dobson

Year founded: 2010

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


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 rating490 of 61937 of 56
Fund acquisition rating541 of 62040 of 56
Resource allocation rating534 of 62050 of 56
Asset utilization rating186 of 61914 of 56

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$108,093$158,215$640,291$432,562$351,463
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,051,254$1,604,725$2,406,858$1,985,360$1,135,809
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$25,257
Fixed assets$84,806$92,207$116,532$168,840$366,237
Other long-term assets$761,517$833,666$895,515$876,501$269,630
Total long-term assets$846,323$925,873$1,012,047$1,045,341$661,124
Total assets$3,897,577$2,530,598$3,418,905$3,030,701$1,796,933
Payables and accrued expenses$629,963$434,522$541,673$459,919$535,073
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$200,000
Total current liabilities$629,963$434,522$541,673$459,919$735,073
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$11,525$5,897
Total liabilities$629,963$434,522$541,673$471,444$740,970
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$1,039,330$551,874$1,155,402$1,299,564$528,994
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$3,267,614$2,096,076$2,877,232$2,559,257$1,055,963
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,634,006$6,227,139$8,923,533$9,783,627$6,491,158
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$12,630$7,424$6,130$6,376$2,454
Other revenue$769,424$520,374$31$141$9,875
Total other revenue$782,054$527,798$6,161$6,517$12,329
Total revenue$8,416,060$6,754,937$8,929,694$9,790,144$6,503,487
Program services$4,921,140$5,982,144$6,803,031$6,589,662$5,383,576
Management and general$1,468,786$770,867$1,136,581$829,726$680,058
Total expenses$7,244,522$7,536,093$8,611,719$8,261,593$6,893,610
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$1,171,538($781,156)$317,975$1,528,551($390,123)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,171,538($781,156)$317,975$1,528,551($390,123)

Response from ministry

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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.