‘Tis The Season to Celebrate – In Tinsel Town


by Dick Rolfe, CEO The People’s Choice Awards for music, film and television were handed out on January 9th.  Now that the people have spoken, the “Pat ourselves on the back ‘cause we’re good!” awards season is about to begin.  As of January 10th, the nominees have been announced for the Oscars, the Golden Globes, […]

From the Desk of Dick Rolfe, CEO


Dear Friends, 2012 has been a banner year for us here at The Dove Foundation! Benchmarks are sometimes difficult to measure, especially when it comes to media and the entertainment landscape. It often seems that things are getting worse instead of better. However, I’ve included some statistics, which are encouraging signs that there is a […]

Why Do They Make the Movies They Do?

by Dick Rolfe, CEO – The Dove Foundation The entertainment industry is in a state of flux. Attendance is declining steadily while ticket prices have maxed out. This means year-to-year revenues are starting to shrink. Filmmakers are searching for the “magic bullet” to target the largest possible audience for their movies. Question is; which audience […]

What Are Family Movies and Are They Profitable?


by Dick Rolfe, CEO & Co-founder – The Dove Foundation The Dove Foundation was started in 1991 by a group of parents determined to pre-screen movies before their families watched them.  We never dreamed 22 years ago that tens of millions of other families felt just as we did. When we first patronized our local […] June 21, 2012 – “Kid pics make B.O. pop” Reprinted from Kid pics make B.O. pop Family-friendly pics do not just appeal to moviegoers’ values. According to a report, they also boost the bottom line. The Dove Foundation’s Film Profitability Study of 2012 examines the relationship between movies’ MPAA ratings and profits. The findings indicate that although PG-13 movies make up an […]

Elevated Math – An iPad App That Really Packs a Punch!


By Scott Rolfe As the former director of technology at The Dove Foundation I have been privileged to witness the beginning of the Digital Age first hand. I developed Dove’s website back in 1995 and the changes in technology since that time have truly been amazing. Over the years, I’ve chased the latest fads and […]

2011 Crystal Dove Seal Award Winners


“You like me, you really like me!” by Dick Rolfe, CEO – The Dove Foundation Honors, awards, certificates of achievement – everyone loves to receive one. We humans are largely motivated by a sense of what others think of us. While the Bible admonishes us to “not think of ourselves more highly than we ought,” we […]

Dove Announces Winners of the 5th Annual Crystal Dove Seal Awards


For immediate release: Contact Dick Rolfe, CEO The Dove Foundation (616)454-5021 ext 29 THE DOVE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 5TH ANNUAL CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL AWARDS March 7, 2012 (Grand Rapids, MI) – The Dove Foundation announced today winners of the coveted Crystal Dove Seal Award for the best Family Approved movies of 2011 in […]

“And the CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL Goes To…”

Crystal Dove

by Dick Rolfe, CEO, The Dove Foundation Cast your vote online for your favorite Dove Family-Approved movies of 2011 The winners in each of 6 categories ADVENTURE, ANIMATED, COMEDY, DOCUMENTARY, DRAMA, and LIMITED RELEASE will receive the coveted CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL trophy. Deadline for voting is February 24, 2012. Winners will be announced on February […]

My Christmas Shopping List

Christmas List

by Dick Rolfe As the popular song goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”  And that means plenty of time for welcome reunions with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and taking time to enjoy some good food and wholesome family entertainment. What this season does not mean, however, are movies in the theater […]