Focus on the Family

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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.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
8605 Explorer Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-1049


Phone: (719) 531-3400


Organization details

EIN: 953188150

CEO/President: Mr. James D. Daly

Chairman: Greg King

Board size: 14

Founder: Dr. James Dobson

Year founded: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


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.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Focus On the Family uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in disseminating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and, specifically, to accomplish that objective by helping to preserve traditional values and the institution of the family.

Statement of faith

Focus On The Family's Statement of Faith is:

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

2. We believe that there is only 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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating245 of 91315 of 50
Fund acquisition rating476 of 91526 of 50
Resource allocation rating265 of 91514 of 50
Asset utilization rating283 of 91319 of 50

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,851,000$5,170,000$5,303,000$8,858,000$7,999,000
Short-term investments$10,563,000$9,561,000$9,039,000$8,572,000$6,412,000
Other current assets$0$0$0$1,283,000$530,000
Total current assets$34,854,000$29,525,000$29,519,000$32,564,000$23,315,000
Long-term investments$2,827,000$4,307,000$3,945,000$5,709,000$9,291,000
Fixed assets$31,644,000$33,081,000$30,081,000$31,383,000$32,123,000
Other long-term assets$1,989,000$2,783,000$2,902,000$1,690,000$4,250,000
Total long-term assets$36,460,000$40,171,000$36,928,000$38,782,000$45,664,000
Total assets$71,314,000$69,696,000$66,447,000$71,346,000$68,979,000
Payables and accrued expenses$7,985,000$9,688,000$8,124,000$7,333,000$7,865,000
Other current liabilities$4,783,000$4,596,000$3,767,000$8,726,000$3,389,000
Total current liabilities$12,768,000$14,284,000$11,891,000$16,059,000$11,254,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,138,000$3,265,000$3,074,000$2,704,000$3,567,000
Total long-term liabilities$3,138,000$3,265,000$3,074,000$2,704,000$3,567,000
Total liabilities$15,906,000$17,549,000$14,965,000$18,763,000$14,821,000
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$41,860,000$37,681,000$38,982,000$44,378,000$46,715,000
With donor restrictions$13,548,000$14,466,000$12,500,000$8,205,000$7,443,000
Net assets$55,408,000$52,147,000$51,482,000$52,583,000$54,158,000
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$84,227,000$82,821,000$75,810,000$75,239,000$79,670,000
Program service revenue$12,468,000$13,032,000$17,358,000$10,767,000$9,979,000
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$40,000($220,000)$967,000$379,000$455,000
Other revenue$4,177,000$3,573,000$4,146,000$4,249,000$3,374,000
Total other revenue$16,685,000$16,385,000$22,471,000$15,395,000$13,808,000
Total revenue$100,912,000$99,206,000$98,281,000$90,634,000$93,478,000
Program services$83,962,000$84,237,000$84,724,000$77,579,000$76,596,000
Management and general$7,300,000$7,446,000$7,683,000$7,757,000$7,474,000
Total expenses$97,651,000$98,541,000$99,382,000$92,209,000$90,547,000
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$3,261,000$665,000($1,101,000)($1,575,000)$2,931,000
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,261,000$665,000($1,101,000)($1,575,000)$2,931,000


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

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/1/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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.

Program accomplishments

Focus has grown, expanded and accomplished much over the years to include a wide array of separate ministries under its umbrella. The following descriptions are intended to provide just a sample of the diversity of these programs, projects, and outreaches.

Radio and Television Programs:
"Adventures in Odyssey" Broadcast, Armed Forces Radio & Television Services Broadcast, "Family News in Focus" Broadcast, "Focus on the Family" Broadcast, "Focus on the Family Commentary" Broadcast, "Focus on the Family Commentary" TV, "Focus on the Family Radio Magazine", "Focus on the Family Radio Theater" Broadcast, "Focus on the Family Weekend" Broadcast, Holiday Special Broadcast, "James Dobson Family Minute" Broadcast, Life on the Edge Live", "Solid Answers" Broadcast, and Television Specials.

"Boundless" Webzine, "Breakaway" Magazine, "Brio" Magazine, "Focus on the Family Citizen" Magazine, "Focus on the Family Clubhouse" Magazine, "Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Jr." Magazine, "Citizen Issues Alert" Weekly Faxletter, "Family News from Dr. James Dobson" Monthly Letter, "Focus on the Family" Magazine, "Heartlink" Newsletter, "LifeWise" Magazine, Pastor's Family Bulletin, "Pastor to Pastor" Recordings, "Pastor's Weekly Briefing" Faxletter, "Physician" Magazine, "Plugged In" News Magazine, "Single-Parent Family" Magazine, "Teachers in Focus" Magazine.

Family Resources:
Book Publishing, "Renewing the Heart", "Life on the Edge", "Focus Over Fifty", "Heritage Builders".

Films and Videos:
Focus began its first film production in 1986 and has continued producing new programs every year since then. The list of titles includes two series for children, "Adventures in Odyssey" and "Last Chance Detectives"; several videos for teens such as "Sex, Lies, and the Truth" and "No Apologies" that address the topic of abstinence; "Masquerade" which warns teens of the dangers of drugs and alcohol; and "Life on the Edge", a series presenting help on many issues faced by those about to enter adulthood. Programs for parents and other adults include "A Winnable Wa"r and "Fatal Addiction", dealing with the issue of pornography; "That the World May Know", a multi-part series filmed in Israel that teaches important faith lessons; and, most recently, "Vive La Difference" a humorous look at the differences between men and women and how these differences impact the marriage relationship.

Focus continues to seek the widest possible audiences for its videos. All of its original videos are scripted and filmed with Christian audiences in mind: with careful editing, however, many of its videos are also appropriate for viewing by non-Christian audiences where an overtly religious message would not be accepted, but solid, moral advice and information on improving family life is still much needed. Thus, Focus has been very successful over the years in marketing many of its videos in a secular version to public schools, civic organizations, and corporations around the country.

Personal Touch Ministries:
Attorney's Ministry, Briargate Media, Chaplaincy Ministry, Corporate Outreach, Correspondence, Counseling, Counseling Enrichment Program, Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC's), Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family Bulletin, Direct Mail Resources, Ethnic Minitries, Focus on the Family Institute, Focus on the Family Web Site, "Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson" Newspaper Column, Focus Over Fifty, General Benevolent Fund, Heritage Builders, Legislative and Cultural Affairs, The "Life on the Edge" Tour, "Love Won Out" Conferences, Ministry to Chaplains, Ministry to Physicians, National Day of Prayer Task Force, Pastoral Ministries, Pillars Seminars, Physicians Resource Council, Pro-Family Newspaper Advertisements, State Family Policy Councils, Welcome Center/Bookstore/Whit's End, Women's Outreach, Youth Culture, International Outreach, International Foreign Language Broadcast, International Print and Video Resource Translations.

Associate Offices:
Australia, Canada, Chinese Outreach, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, The Phillippines, Southren Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom.


Focus on the Family uses the following to express its ministry need:

Focus on the Family's 80 different ministries seek to strengthen families and spread the gospel around the world. As a nonprofit organization, we rely entirely upon tax-deductible contributions from people like you. Thank you for partnering with us in the Lord's work. May He richly bless you as you help others.

See the ministry's website for more information.