Family Talk

Summary

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

Website: drjamesdobson.org

Phone: 877-732-6825

Email: contact@drjamesdobson.org


Organization details

EIN: 271394708

CEO/President: Dr. James Dobson

Chairman:

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


Purpose


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.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating530 of 72533 of 56
Fund acquisition rating668 of 72645 of 56
Resource allocation rating585 of 72644 of 56
Asset utilization rating133 of 7259 of 56

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%13%11%13%8%9%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%12%10%12%8%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
83%93%91%92%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%11%12%10%8%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
17%7%9%8%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
78%72%68%79%79%80%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%113%86%112%96%84%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%82%58%89%76%67%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%-13%14%-12%4%16%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
4%-43%36%-37%11%60%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%17%20%10%13%10%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.152.661.862.982.522.73
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.371.311.281.581.421.53
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.083.492.374.703.584.16
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
11.472.974.843.694.444.32
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.090.340.210.270.230.23
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.012.284.011.862.602.22
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%26%16%17%16%16%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
74%28%45%28%33%31%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$2,168,196$2,943,161$1,446,510$1,766,567$1,552,798
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$188,636$108,093$158,215$640,291$432,562
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,356,832$3,051,254$1,604,725$2,406,858$1,985,360
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$50,698$84,806$92,207$116,532$168,840
Other long-term assets$678,067$761,517$833,666$895,515$876,501
Total long-term assets$728,765$846,323$925,873$1,012,047$1,045,341
Total assets$3,085,597$3,897,577$2,530,598$3,418,905$3,030,701
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$664,671$629,963$434,522$541,673$459,919
Other current liabilities$130,000$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$794,671$629,963$434,522$541,673$459,919
Debt$0$0$0$0$11,525
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$0$11,525
Total liabilities$794,671$629,963$434,522$541,673$471,444
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$2,014,373$2,228,284$1,544,202$1,721,830$1,259,693
Temporarily restricted$276,553$1,039,330$551,874$1,155,402$1,299,564
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,290,926$3,267,614$2,096,076$2,877,232$2,559,257
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$6,748,439$7,634,006$6,227,139$8,923,533$9,783,627
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,253$12,630$7,424$6,130$6,376
Other revenue$489,044$769,424$520,374$31$141
Total other revenue$497,297$782,054$527,798$6,161$6,517
Total revenue$7,245,736$8,416,060$6,754,937$8,929,694$9,790,144
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$5,937,542$4,921,140$5,982,144$6,803,031$6,589,662
Management and general$1,400,172$1,468,786$770,867$1,136,581$829,726
Fundraising$884,710$854,596$783,082$672,107$842,205
Total expenses$8,222,424$7,244,522$7,536,093$8,611,719$8,261,593
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($976,688)$1,171,538($781,156)$317,975$1,528,551
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($976,688)$1,171,538($781,156)$317,975$1,528,551

Response from ministry

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History


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.


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