Focus on the Family is laying off another 8% of its staff.
The workforce has gone from 1400 seven years ago to 860 today.
Their explanation is the recession:
“These are tough economic times,” Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger said. “The challenges have made us take a hard look at what we do structurally and strategically so we can accomplish our mission more efficiently.”
Sure, the recession is hurting everyone — especially non-profits — but I wonder if there’s more to this story.
Does the lack of donations have anything to do with FotF’s ideas simply going out of style? Even moderate Christians and many younger ones are coming around to accept the notion that GLBT people ought to have equal rights. They’re not as tied to the Republican platform. They’re embarrassed by how the Religious Right has hijacked their faith.
I suppose the answer will be known when the economy gets better… But I wouldn’t be surprised if Focus on the Family’s revenue stream dries up quite a bit.
(Thanks to Paul for the link!)