Family Research Council, Inc.


The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society. FRC is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
801 G St NW.
Washington, DC 20001-0001


Phone: (202) 393-2100


Organization details

EIN: 521792772

CEO/President: Tony Perkins

Chairman: Thomas R. Anderson

Board size: 10


Year founded: 1992

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


The Family Research Council ("FRC") exists to provide educational materials to the general public concerning traditional Judeo-Christian family values and ethics, and information concerning legislative and judicial developments affecting family life and values. To accomplish this task, the Council will, promote and defend traditional family values in print, broadcast and other media outlets. It will develop and advocate legislative and public policy initiatives, which strengthen and fortify the family and promote traditional values. Further it will establish and maintain an accurate source of statistical and research information, which reaffirms the importance of the family in our civilization. Finally, it will inform and educate citizens on how they can promote Biblical principles in our culture.

FRC is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

The Family Research Council's Mission Statement is::

Family Research Council (FRC) exists to provide educational materials to the general public concerning traditional Judeo-Christian family values and ethics, and information concerning legislative and judicial developments affecting family life and values.

Statement of faith

The Family Research Council express their core values as follows:

  • God exists and is sovereign over all creation. He created human beings in his image. Human life is, therefore, sacred and the right to life is the most fundamental of political rights.
  • Life and love are inextricably linked and find their natural expression in the institutions of marriage and the family.
  • Government has a duty to promote and protect marriage and family in law and public policy.
  • The American system of law and justice was founded on the Judeo-Christian ethic.
  • American democracy depends upon a vibrant civil society composed of families, churches, schools, and voluntary associations

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Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating138 of 5786 of 32
Fund acquisition rating251 of 57813 of 32
Resource allocation rating254 of 57815 of 32
Asset utilization rating102 of 5788 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$127,162$149,748$164,860$373,501$156,963
Short-term investments$100,017$74,998$400,468$75,573$594
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,774,966$4,854,476$3,762,199$3,997,375$3,267,228
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,574,799$1,419,007$1,398,676$1,582,113$1,757,450
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,574,799$1,419,007$1,398,676$1,582,113$1,757,450
Total assets$6,349,765$6,273,483$5,160,875$5,579,488$5,024,678
Payables and accrued expenses$893,962$1,011,565$796,493$1,010,108$985,707
Other current liabilities$125,000$153,500$164,000$188,750$1,100
Total current liabilities$1,018,962$1,165,065$960,493$1,198,858$986,807
Due to (from) affiliates$28,821$21,353$0$457$33,576
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$28,821$21,353$0$457$33,576
Total liabilities$1,047,783$1,186,418$960,493$1,199,315$1,020,383
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$1,608,323$729,863$474,750$307,675$98,000
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,301,982$5,087,065$4,200,382$4,380,173$4,004,295
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,482,476$14,739,726$14,622,134$11,632,585$14,322,494
Program service revenue$3,196,178$1,983,932$1,731,896$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,539$11,470$3,702$2,257$4,862
Other revenue$0$0$0$649,987$1,539,981
Total other revenue$3,213,717$1,995,402$1,735,598$652,244$1,544,843
Total revenue$17,696,193$16,735,128$16,357,732$12,284,829$15,867,337
Program services$14,558,022$13,460,643$14,131,113$9,833,471$13,173,434
Management and general$1,941,304$1,548,360$1,446,533$1,139,229$1,526,168
Total expenses$17,481,276$15,848,445$16,537,523$11,908,951$15,953,851
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$214,917$886,683($179,791)$375,878($86,514)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$214,917$886,683($179,791)$375,878($86,514)

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The idea of the Family Research Council originated at the 1980 White House Conference on Families. Among the conferees, James Dobson stood out because of his rare combination of Christian social values and academic and professional credentials. A practicing clinical psychologist and noted author, Dobson had recently transitioned into radio broadcasting and also launched a nonprofit, family service organization. He felt that the time was ripe to establish an organization that would drive the national debate on family issues. In 1983, the Family Research Council incorporated as a nonprofit educational institution in the District of Columbia; its founding board included Dobson and two noted psychiatrists, Armand Nicholoi Jr. of Harvard University and George Rekers of the University of South Carolina.

Under the leadership of Gerry Regier, a former Reagan Administration official at the Department of Health and Human Services, FRC began to link policy makers with researchers and professionals from a variety of disciplines. Gary Bauer, a domestic policy advisor to President Reagan, succeeded Regier in 1988 and by the mid-1990s the organization had grown into a $10 million operation with a nationwide network of support.

After Bauer resigned to seek public office in 2000, the board appointed Ken Connor -- a prominent attorney from Tallahassee and former Florida gubernatorial candidate -- to lead FRC. As a pro-life advocate, Connor had served as president and board chairman of Florida Right to Life, vice chairman of Americans United for Life, and board chairman of Care Net, an umbrella organization for five hundred pre-natal care centers. Under Connor's tenure, FRC launched the Center for Human Life and Bioethics and the Center for Marriage and Family, thereby reaffirming FRC's commitment to provide the nation's lawmakers with critical research on public policy affecting the family.

In July of 2003, Connor resigned to return to the practice of law and was succeeded by veteran pro-family activist and policy maker Tony Perkins. Described as a legislative pioneer by the national media, Perkins had a significant impact on Louisiana politics as a two-term state representative and as a candidate for the United States Senate in 2002. Recognized as the leading conservative voice in the Louisiana Legislature, Perkins had been the main opponent to the state's gambling industry and one of the state's most vocal pro-life advocates. In an effort to address the growing social problems brought about by the instability of marriage and no-fault divorce, he authored and passed the nation's first Covenant Marriage law. Perkins is the fourth president in FRC's history. He and his wife have four children.

Program accomplishments

  • FRC mailed copies of over 425 different information products, including books, research reports, speech and radio transcripts, booklets and brochures, and audio and video tapes.
  • Information requests were filled for over 20,000 recipients based on telephone and mail contacts of over 15,000 each month. A total of over 105,000 educational items were shipped.
  • FRC's regular informational newsletter, Washington Watch, reached an average of 42,000 recipients.
  • FRC's radio show, Washington Weekly, is being aired on two major radio networks. And the FRC Daily Radio Commentary is carried on approximately 300 radio stations nationwide.
  • FRC served as a resource for congress, handling dozens of requests for data, research, and analysis of family policy issues; developed and distributed action alerts for cata-list recipients; and responded to executive branch activity affecting the family. Particular focus included measures for strengthening the institution of marriage, tax relief for families, pornography on the internet, religious liberty issues, education policy, sanctity of human life issues, family structure, and human rights.
  • The FRC staff developed policy papers, legal briefs, and regular publications on a wide variety of family issues, which include booklets, perspective papers, pamphlets, insight papers, lecture summaries, "From the Podium" papers, and Infocus papers.
  • FRC was responsible for the production and distribution of an annual version of Family Policy Review, and updated version of Family Portrait outlining key family statistics; Getting it Straight and Outrage, publications filled with statistical information regarding the homosexual community, and undertook mailings of public policy memoranda and fact sheets to over 1,200 key policy makers.
  • FRC distributed specialized publications in several areas including: Culture Facts, a monthly newsletter sent to over 3,800 recipients on key cultural indicators, press release list that relates approximately 9,000 media specialists, and cata list constituent alerts to over 100,000 recipients.


The Family Research Council express its needs as follows:

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.