Family Research Council

FAQs

General Information:

 
Q - What is Family Research Council's mission and when was it founded?  A...

A - Family Research Council was founded in 1983 with the mission to champion 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 based in Washington, D.C., which enables our staff to voice your values to leaders publicly and privately. Our location also makes FRC an effective watchdog, exposing secret attempts to advance the liberal agenda.

 
Q - Who founded Family Research Council?  A...

A - Dr. James Dobson, Gerald P. Regier, and a few other like-minded pioneers first saw the need for an organization like Family Research Council during the 1980 White House Conference on Families. Following the Conference, Dr. Dobson, Jerry Regier, and five other Christian leaders met to discuss ways to make it easier for public policymakers to receive input from scholarly experts who have an appreciation for strong families and a respect for the time-honored truths that undergird family well-being.

Their idea became a reality in 1983, and Jerry Regier became FRC's first president. The founding board included Dr. Dobson and two noted psychiatrists, Armand Nicholi Jr. of Harvard University and George Rekers of the University of South Carolina medical school. The founding board existed until 1987, when FRC merged with Focus on the Family.

 
Q - How is FRC different from Focus on the Family?  A...

A - While FRC and Focus on the Family are both dedicated to promoting family values and uplifting the family, FRC is a public policy organization in Washington, D.C. that defends and promotes the pro-family agenda.

Focus on the Family is a Christian ministry in Colorado that evangelizes and ministers to families. For more information about their ministry please visit www.family.org.

 
Q - Where is FRC located?  A...

A - FRC is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., where our staff voices your values to national leaders, publicly and privately. FRC's strategic location distinguishes it from other pro-family organizations and makes it an effective watchdog, exposing secret attempts to advance the liberal agenda. FRC's building has become a meeting place and a permanent outpost for the movement in what can often be described as hostile territory.

FRC also has a constituent services center in western Michigan that was provided by generous friends in that region.

 
Q - Why don't more organizations combine efforts and resources? How do I know which organization to support?  A...

A - Organizations such as Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, etc. do keep in close contact with each other, perhaps even more so than our opposition.

Each organization fits a niche and fits it well. When we have an opportunity to get together and discuss strategies, we do. Conservative "summits" do occur. Meanwhile, rest assured that the leaders of "the religious right" do converse frequently.

FRC is unique in that we are a research and education organization in Washington, D.C. that focuses on public policy--issues that are specifically debated and voted on in Washington, D.C. Every day, congressmen vote on issues that directly affect families across America--issues such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, marriage, taxes, parental rights, pornography, homosexual activism, and divorce reform.

We analyze these issues and many more, and we work to persuade government officials to pass laws that protect traditional values. You may be interested in reading quotes from U.S. Congressmen regarding the impact that FRC has on Washington, D.C. at the link below.

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Q - Our family is going to take a vacation to Washington, D.C. May we visit Family Research Council?  A...

A - While we are not open to the public or for drop in visitors, tours can be scheduled ahead of time.

To schedule a visit, please call us at 1-800/225-4008 or 202/393-2100 and ask to speak to our Development Coordinator.

 
Q - I would like to work at FRC. How can I become an employee?  A...

A - FRC has two offices: Our main office in Washington, D.C. and our Constituent and Information Services building in Holland, Michigan.

You can find a list of current job openings at the link provided below.

To apply for a job, please submit your resume and cover letter (including salary requirements) by email to hrdept@frc.org, by fax to 202-393-2134, or by US Mail to the following address:

Human Resources
Family Research Council
801 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Q - How can I volunteer in order to help FRC accomplish its mission?  A...

A - Please refer to the below link.

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Q - My teenage son/daughter is very interested in politics and public policy. Is there an organization that you recommend?  A...

A - You may want to contact the Young America's Foundation via their website at www.yaf.org.

For information about why they should register to vote, and how, please visit www.redeemthevote.com.

Depending on the age of your child, FRC also offers an academic internship in Washington called the Witherspoon Fellowship. You can learn more about this exciting and transformative internship program.

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Q - Do you take prayer requests or is there someone that I can pray with?  A...

A - FRC will gladly take anyone's prayer request. Once prayer requests are submitted, they are distributed among the various departments at FRC and prayed for by our staff members.

Please know that all requests are kept in the strictest confidence. You may also want to contact Focus on the Family (800-232-6459).

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Customer Service Issues:

 
Q - How do I update my email address and subscription preferences?  A...

A - You can subscribe to any of FRC's email publications by visiting our subscriptions page. You can edit your email by clicking on the "Edit Email" button at the bottom of all of our emails. You can use this feature to unsubscribe from any of our publications or to change the email address where you receive our updates.

 
Q - May I have permission to link to Family Research Council's website?  A...

A - You are more than welcome to link to FRC's website. However, you must seek our permission before using FRC's website graphics. Please email us your specific request.

Thank you very much for helping us promote the values of faith, family, and freedom.

 
Q - We would like permission to reproduce FRC's publications.  A...

A - We are pleased that you find FRC's publications to be valuable resources and are interested in making them available to others seeking information on the subjects we cover. We hereby consent to your request, subject to the following terms and conditions.

The item must be taken in full and without alteration, unless it can be condensed without altering its meaning and such condensation is noted.

Full attribution must be made to the Family Research Council and to the name of the publication, including the date of the item and the author as noted in the publication.

Please include the location of our Internet site, www.frc.org, our toll-free number (1-800-225-4008) and our address (801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001) as future reference for your readers.

Thank you for your interest in our work and your desire to serve the pro-family cause.

 

Government Affairs and Media:

 
Q - Is Family Research Council non-partisan?  A...

A - Yes, Family Research Council is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit, educational organization that does not support, endorse or oppose candidates. As a 501(c)(3), FRC is able to spend an insubstantial part of its budget on direct and grassroots lobbying.

FRC's political action arm, called FRC Action, is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization with broader freedom under IRS regulations for lobbying, grassroots activism, issues advertising, and political engagement. For more information on FRC Action, visit www.frcaction.org.

 
Q - Does FRC have a legislative action arm?  A...

A - Yes; FRC Action is the 501(c)(4), non-profit, legislative action arm of Family Research Council. For more information, visit www.frcaction.org.

 
Q - What is FRC Action?  A...

A - FRC Action is the 501(c)(4), non-profit, legislative action arm of Family Research Council. It was founded in 1992 to educate the general public and cultural leaders and to influence elected officials. FRC Action is committed to mobilizing the grassroots, upholding marriage as a one-man, one-woman institution, defending the sanctity of human life, protecting religious liberty, fighting for family tax relief, and combating judicial activism that leads to court rulings that hurt families. Donations to FRC Action are not tax deductible. For more information, visit www.frcaction.org.

 
Q - What is the difference between FRC Action and Focus on the Family Action?  A...

A - Because FRC and Focus on the Family are both 501(c)(3) research and education organizations, we are limited in our legal ability to lobby. That is why FRC Action and Focus on the Family Action are needed. p>Both are 501(c)(4), education and lobbying organizations. Focus on the Family felt the need to create Focus on the Family Action so that Dr. Dobson himself could freely and legally lobby regarding the need to pass the Marriage Protection Amendment. However, unlike Focus Action (located in Colorado), FRC and FRC Action have a constant presence in Washington, D.C. Our staff includes a Government Affairs department that lobbies Congress and is in continual contact with the White House. (You can read about FRC's history, accomplishments, and quotes by Congressmen by clicking on the link below.) Both organizations are working together to defend marriage, life, and other family values.

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Q - Does FRC endorse politic al parties or candidates?  A...

A - No, as a 501(c)(3) research and education organization, we are legally prohibited from endorsing any candidate for public office. FRC is non-partisan. However, please contact our legislative action arm, FRC Action, to become a member of this 501(c)(4)organization and receive information that FRC is prevented from sharing.

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Q - Do you offer voter guides?  A...

A - FRC does not offer voter's guides, but our legislative action arm, FRC Action does offer Congressional Vote Scorecards of members of Congress and has also produced a presidential primary voter guide. You can download or order the most recent scorecard. The presidential voter guide can be found at FRC Action. Also, we do offer some election information.

We also recommend contacting your family policy council (FPC) for more local voter information. FPC's accomplish on a state level what FRC does on a national level. Locate your FPC.

You may also want to contact your state right to life organization for a voter guide.

Finally, Project Vote Smart offers extensive information about candidates on their website, www.vote-smart.org.

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Q - How can I email my local newspaper, radio, and TV stations?  A...

A - Click on this link: https://www.votervoice.net/FRCA/Address

Enter your zip code and click "Go."
Next, check the buttons against the entities you wish to contact.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Click "Compose Message."

These emails will be routed to the Managing Editors of the papers/stations you choose.

ALTERNATIVELY, if you wish to email someone other than the Managing Editor, for example the Military Correspondent, follow these steps:

On the page displaying your search results listing, click the hyperlinked description of the paper/station for a more specific listing of writers and editors.

 
Q - What is your relationship to family policy councils (FPC's)?  A...

A - FRC works alongside FPC's, often sharing information and collaborating in the fight for the family. We also serve as a resource for the various FPC's across the country. Their purpose is to advocate the interests of families at the local and state levels, similar to what FRC does at the national level. Please visit the below link for more information.

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Q - Where can I find a record of local judges' rulings?  A...

A - Unfortunately, such information is difficult to locate. However, you may want contact the following organizations:

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Q - Is there a way that we can impeach activist judges?  A...

A - Activist judges pose a serious threat to our culture and rule of law. This highlights the need for the confirmation of strict constructionist judges, committed to the limited role of a judge. That is why it is important to elect good U.S. senators and presidents that will ensure the confirmation of qualified and restrained judicial nominees our Republic requires. When a judge does go outside the realm assigned by the Constitution, FRC will advocate all means available under the Constitution and our laws to keep the judiciary in check.

We would encourage you to write your senators, congressman, and the President, letting them know about your disappointment in certain judges and inquire about impeachment.

To date, onlyone Supreme Court Justice (at the federal level) has been impeached. Associate Justice Samuel P. Chase was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1804, but acquitted by the US Senate of all the articles of impeachment brought against him. In his book Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson, Chief Justice William Rehnquist have noted that, "some people expressed opinions at the time of Chase's trial that the Senate had absolute latitude in convicting a jurist it found unfit, but the acquittal set an unofficial precedent that judges would not be impeached based on their performance on the bench. All judges impeached since Chase have been accused of outright criminality."

 

Policy Inquiries:

 
Q - I want to protect my family from Internet filth and pornography. What filters do you recommend?  A...

A - FRC recommends Bsafe Online. BSafe is inexpensive, easy to use, and generates a monthly report sent via e-mail to the parent indicating every website your computer attempted to access. For a list of alternatives we recommend visiting Filter Review at the below link.

You may also be interested in reading our publications "Dealing With Pornography: A Practical Guide For Protecting Your Family and Your Community" and "Internet Guide for Parents", both of which you can download or order at the below link.

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Q - With all of the divorces that are occurring in the United States, shouldn't FRC address this issue instead of same-sex marriage?  A...

A - Divorce causes tremendous devastation to families, children, and society. The issue of divorce reform has been an issue that FRC has dealt with since we began in 1983. We have consistently called for the repeal of no-fault divorce laws in all 50 states. We continue to promote the sanctity of marriage, and we will not relent in our insistence to reform divorce laws. Yet, the issue of divorce reform at the political level has struggled to receive much attention.

Currently, FRC is faced with protecting marriage from being "redefined" so as not to include more than "just" one man and one woman, and this is what we must deal with at the present time. With our limited resources and staff number and considering the fact that our nation is seriously threatened by the legalization of same-sex "marriage," this is our current priority when it comes to public policy about marriage.

We do, however, have a booklet that may be of interest to you, called "Deterring Divorce." (The link is provided below.)

There are also organizations outside the public policy arena that focus on strengthening marriages, such as Focus on the Family (www.family.org), Marriage Savers (http://www.marriagesavers.org/ ), and The Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education, L.L.C. (www.smartmarriages.com).

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Q - I am struggling with homosexuality. Will you please refer me to organizations that can help me?  A...

A - Many people, including Christians, struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions. There are support groups that help persons such as yourself deal with those feelings in a way that pleases God. We recommend contacting the organizations at the below links:

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Q - My child's school has begun a gay and lesbian group. What can I do to prevent homosexual activism from being taught in our school?  A...

A - We recommend ordering our publications "Homosexuality in Your Child's School" and "Getting It Straight: What the Research Shows about Homosexuality," which will be helpful as you face homosexual activism in your local school. These resources are available at the below links. We commend you for standing for truthand for seeking information that will help your community.

You may also want to visit the organizations' websites at the below links. (NARTH has a pamphlet entitled, "Homosexual Advocacy Groups and Your School.")

For legal information, we recommend contacting the Alliance Defense Fund.

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Q - Is there a link between abortion and breast cancer?  A...

A - This is an issue that Family Research Council continues to explore. You may want to visit the below links for more information about this subject.

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Q - Do you have information about the negative effects of pornography?  A...

A - FRC works hard to battle against pornography. It is our belief that pornography is closely linked to an increase in prostitution, child prostitution, and human trafficking. Pornography is also a powerful factor in creating the demand for illicit sex.

Pornography, in an infinite variety of sleazy permutations, is seemingly everywhere these days. It is a gateway to adulterous thoughts, actual adultery, spousal alienation, divorce, family breakdown, and numerous other ills. But what can you do about it? Plenty!

We suggest reading our brochure titled "Dealing With Pornography: A Practical Guide For Protecting Your Family and Your Community." Written by the former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, this extremely pra ctical pamphlet explains how to fight porn in stores, on the Internet, and on television -- what options you have, whom to contact, and what to expect. You may download it for free or order it for a suggested donation of $1.50 at the link below.

Additionally, by typing "pornography" into the search box on our website, you will find many other resources that can help you 0 your questions a bout pornography.

Finally, we also recommend visiting the organizations at the below links.

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Q - What is FRC's position on capital punishment?  A...

A - Family Research Council, mindful of the strongly held and often conflicting views of many of our constituents on this important question, has never taken a definitive position for or against capital punishment.

FRC's Board of Directors and staff wholly recognize and independently grapple with the central question pertaining to the death penalty: Can capital punishment be morally justified? Needless to say, a consensus within FRC has never been reached regarding the moral permissibility of capital punishment.

FRC believes a swift and sure justice system provides the foundation for safe communities that enable families to grow and prosper with a greater sense of security. Our goal should be a law-abiding, law-revering nation. In that better America, as George Washington said, each may "sit under his own vine and fig tree and there will be none to make him afraid."

America, and society as a whole, must embrace basic tenets of humanity to flourish. Innocent life, from the unborn to the elderly, ought to be welcomed in life and protected by law.

 
Q - What is FRC's position on taxes?  A...

A - The Family Research Council (FRC) is dedicated to lower taxes, less wasteful spending, and the principles of rational and limited government. The current tax system is too complex and discriminatory and needs simplification so that it works for families, not against them.

While working toward these goals, FRC emphasizes permanent elimination of the marriage penalty and an increase in the child tax credit (both proposals of which FRC were the main authors and backers) and also permanent elimination of the death tax.

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Financial and Giving Inquiries:

 
Q - Where does FRC get its funding?  A...

A - FRC is supported by voluntary donations and grants. The bulk of FRC's contributions are received from individuals. Donations to FRC are tax deductible. FRC does not receive any funds from any federal or state government.

 
Q - Is my donation tax deductible?  A...

A - Yes, all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Family Research Council is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Contributions to FRC's legislative action arm, FRC Action, are not tax deductible; for more information, visit www.frcaction.org.

 
Q - Please send me financial information about your organization.  A...

A - FRC is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Please view our financial overview on their website at the link below.

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Q - How does my donation help defend faith, family, and freedom?  A...

A - Support from friends like you enables Family Research Council to provide key research to Congress, the White House, and the general public, to shape the debate through the media, and to train pastors and future leaders to champion faith, family, and freedom.

 
Q - What are some of Family Research Council greatest successes?  A...

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  • Played a key role in the breakthrough confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
  • Designed the $500 per child tax credit that became law in 1997 and successfully pushed to raise the credit to $1,000 in 2001; an estimated $46 billion is now returned annually to families with children via this credit.
  • Redirected over $1.1 billion in tax dollars to pregnancy care centers and abstinence education instead of Planned Parenthood.
  • Helped defeat Hillary Care and secure Health Savings Accounts, which allow families to control their healthcare dollars.
  • Twice helped Congress pass a bill banning partial-birth abortion and influenced the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ban in 2007.
  • Documented the success of adult stem cell treatment in the debate over critical bioethical issues, such as stem cell research and the cloning of human beings.
  • Promoted a 2006 law increasing broadcast indecency fines from $32,500 to $325,000 per incident.
  • Helped secure the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and led the fight for the life-saving Cord Blood Research bill in 2005.
  • Helped to develop and promote the Coverdell Education Savings Account, an educational funding measure signed by President George W. Bush.
  • Spearheaded the writing and passage of the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000 and the Children's Online Protection Act of 1998.
  • Helped develop the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defined man-woman marriage as the norm in federal law and protects states from being forced to recognize same-sex relationships sanctioned elsewhere.
  • Helped many state leaders pass constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
  • Defeated legislation that would have created a government-run, institutionalized daycare system in the early 1990s.
 
Q - How is Family Research Council funded?  A...

A - Family Research Council is funded by the voluntary donations of concerned citizens and foundations. FRC does not receive any funds from any federal or state government.