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Jim Daly

President and CEO, Focus on the Family
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Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and host of its daily radio broadcast, heard by more than 6 million listeners a week on more than 1,900 radio stations across the U.S. The show has been honored as Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). In March 2019, he celebrated his 30th anniversary with the ministry.

Daly’s personal journey from orphan to head of an international Christian organization dedicated to helping families thrive is a powerful story. Abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 5, he lost his mother to cancer four years later – a wound deepened when his grieving stepfather emptied the family home and left Daly, the youngest of five children, and his siblings to fend for themselves after their mother’s funeral. 

Several tough years followed, including time in foster care, before Daly became a Christian in high school and found meaning, purpose and a sense of belonging.  

“I am living proof,” he wrote in his 2007 autobiography, “Finding Home,” “that no matter how torn up the road has already been, or how pothole-infested it may look ahead, nothing – nothing – is impossible for God.

Daly was named president of Focus on the Family in 2005. Under his leadership, the organization has taken on a major role nationally in encouraging and helping facilitate foster-care adoptions, earning recognition from the White House and Congress for its efforts. The ministry also has reinvigorated its traditional focus on helping couples build strong marriages and raise healthy, resilient kids. In just the last 12 months, with the help of Focus on the Family, research indicates that 610,000 couples have built stronger marriages and 697,000 moms and dads built stronger, healthier and more God-honoring families.

Daly started his career at Focus in 1989 as an assistant to the president, fostering relationships with the ministry’s supporters. He was appointed international field director for Asia, Africa and Australia in 1992, and in 1997 was promoted to vice president of the International Division. In 2004, Daly was appointed chief operating officer, the role he held until he was handpicked by Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson to be the group’s president.

Daly graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Administration. During his senior year, he attended Waseda University in Tokyo, and after graduating worked for a Fortune 500 company. In 1997, he completed his MBA in International Business at Regis University in Denver. In 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Colorado Christian University in Denver.

Daly has received the 2008 World Children’s Center Humanitarian Award, the 2009 Children’s Hunger Fund Children’s Champion Award, and the 2010 HomeWord Family Ministry Award. He has appeared on such television programs as “Fox & Friends,”“America Live with Megyn Kelly,”“ABC World News Tonight” and PBS’ “Religion & Ethics”andbeen featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and Newsweekwhich named him one of the Top 10 next-generation evangelical leaders of influence. He was also the subject of a July 2011 cover story in Christianity Today. 

Daly is an author whose latest book, “When Parenting Isn’t Perfect,”, encourages parents to realize that they, like their children, aren’t perfect and don’t need to be – they’re called to do their best in Christ, knowing that God works through all the messy family situations that are a normal part of this life. Other books Daly has written include “ReFOCUS: Living a Life That Reflects God’s Heart” which explores how to engage the culture for Christ in a compassionate and winsome way and “Marriage Done Right: One Man, One Woman,” in which Daly examines God’s purposes for marriage, including the unique benefits that a mom and a dad bring to the partnership of raising children.

Daly has been married to his wife, Jean, since 1986. They have two sons and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Here are a few recent editions of Jim Daly’s free monthly newsletter, which you can sign up for at the link below.

November 2021

Jim Daly’s Monthly Newsletter
Greetings from all of us at Focus on the Family! I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful fall season and looking forward to the holidays ahead.

With Thanksgiving, of course, comes an increased focus on gratitude. As believers, we strive to emphasize this discipline year-round — but Thanksgiving certainly offers an opportunity to be reminded of its importance. Over the past couple of years, it’s become especially clear that giving thanks is vital to our emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being.The world often feels as if it’s spinning out of control, but we can rest assured our sovereign God is lovingly superintending every last detail on earth — right down to the death of each and every sparrow (Matthew 10:29).

October 2021

Jim Daly’s Monthly Newsletter
Happy Fall from Focus on the Family! As we move into cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and shorter days, it’s my hope that you and your family are experiencing the Lord’s sustaining grace no matter what your circumstances might be. Whether you are thriving and enjoying a season of health and prosperity or walking through a dark valley, your friends here at Focus are praying that you will draw nearer to Christ, rely on his limitless love and strength, and seek to bring others into the Kingdom as you glorify Him.

September 2021

Jim Daly’s Monthly Newsletter
A warm hello to you from everyone here at Focus on the Family! School is back in session, and I know you’re joining me in praying that this year would be much more normal than last year. Students here in the U.S. and all over the globe have certainly had to contend with some unique challenges over the last year and a half — but as Christian parents we have a wonderful opportunity to point our kids to Jesus throughout all of the fear, uncertainty, and upheaval that come their way.

August 2021

Jim Daly’s Monthly Newsletter
Here we are already nearing the end of summer! I hope these last couple of months have provided you and your loved ones many opportunities to connect and make memories, and that the school year ahead will be much more “normal” than last year.

July 2021

Jim Daly’s Monthly Newsletter
Greetings from Focus on the Family! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer, especially now that restrictions have been lifted in many places and we have seen a decline in COVID-19 numbers. With many people returning to their pre-pandemic activities – including travel – it’s been tremendously encouraging to know that, once again, families are able to plan vacations, spend time at local pools and beaches, go out for ice cream, and make some great memories outside their homes after such a long and challenging year.

June 2021

Jim Daly’s Monthly Newsletter
Greetings from Focus on the Family! Summertime is finally here — and after a winter of ongoing restrictions, I pray you and your family have the opportunity to get outside, soak up some sunshine, and make lasting memories.

May 2021

Jim Daly’s Monthly Newsletter
Happy spring from all your friends here at Focus on the Family! I know many of us are looking forward to spending more time outside as the weather warms — especially after being stuck inside due to weather or social distance restrictions throughout the winter. My prayer is that we’ll continue to see the virus wane as we head toward summer, and that you and your loved ones will remain safe and healthy.

 

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