Focus on the Family More Relevant Than Ever
Ministry still impacting families worldwide
December 16, 2010
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- As 2010 draws to a close, Focus on the Family is reflecting on the millions of families throughout the world it has served over the past 12 months.
Since January, Focus provided personal counseling to nearly 66,000 people – a 9 percent increase in contact volume from last year. Per month, Focus responds to more than 700 calls a month on marriage-related issues and more than 350 calls related to parenting topics. The counseling department was also able to provide:
- Nearly $45,000 in benevolence gifts to families in need
- $26,000 in benevolence materials (books, CDs, etc.)
The Focus on the Family daily broadcast, which is heard daily by 1.5 million people in North America. It was also nominated for an award by National Religious Broadcasters Association. Focus on the Family received 8 total nominations, including one for Focus President Jim Daly for Radio Personality of the Year. Winners will be announced in February 2011 at NRB's 68th Annual Convention & Exposition in Nashville.
In addition, Focus estimates nearly 232,000 people visited its Colorado Springs campus, and 238 million people worldwide viewed or listened to one of Focus on the Family's many programs, ranging from short audio features to TV/video features to the children’s program, Adventures in Odyssey. These programs are seen or heard in 135 countries in 26 different languages.
For Internet impact, its newly designed website – Focus on the Family.com – received more than 9.2 million visits in 2010. Focus’ Facebook page currently has more than 98,000 fans – a growth of 633 percent in the past six months! Focus’ fans are a committed bunch – the average Facebook post gets about 200,000 impressions each.
About 2,711 people attended Focus’ Wait No More events on foster care adoption in Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Texas, with 668 families initiating the process of adoption from foster care, thanks in part to the efforts of the Wait No More team.
Also, Focus’ Option Ultrasound Program reached two very important milestones. It awarded its 500th grant to cover 80 percent of the cost for an ultrasound machine or sonography training, and celebrating that nearly 90,000 babies have potentially been saved as pregnant women received counseling and had the chance to see the baby they are carrying.
Focus on the Family is also committed to serving its Colorado Springs community, which is why the organization encourages its staff to volunteer locally by allowing employees to take 16 hours of paid work time annually to serve. In 2010, Focus employees donated more than 1,300 hours to local community service opportunities.
Focus’ family-advocacy sister organization, CitizenLink, also made a big impact this year as it helped equip citizens to transform culture. Its Family News in Focus radio program, for example, reached more than 2 million people a week during 2010, while the humorous Stoplight video commentaries reached 2.7 million views this year.
In February, Focus ran a "Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life" commercial during Super Bowl XLIV, spurring quite a bit of conversation in the process. During its airing, the ad generated:
· 6.8 billion potential impressions
· 95.3 million views of the actual commercial
· 1.5 million views of subsequent interviews
Still, infinitely more important than a page full of statistics are the daily stories Focus receives of marriages repaired, parents helped, relationships salvaged … and even lives saved. After viewing the Focus Super Bowl ad, one brave woman shared her story of deciding not to abort her preborn baby.
And that is the reason Focus on the Family President Jim Daly is proud to lead an organization that accomplishes such an important and worthy cause as helping families.
"We exist to come alongside families and provide biblically based advice and resources so they can thrive," said Daly. "I am thankful Focus on the Family had the opportunity to impact so many lives in 2010, and I look forward to what God has in store for us in 2011."
For interview opportunities, contact Carrie Kintz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 531-3312.
About Focus on the Family
Reaching more than 220 million people in 155 nations, Focus on the Family is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to serving, strengthening and defending families worldwide. Founded in 1977, Focus on the Family provides practical tools, spiritual resources and emotional support to families at every stage of life. Focus on the Family is online at www.FocusOnTheFamily.com.