The Third Option is funded by donations from churches, former participants, and current participants. Tax deductible contributions can be made through Relationship Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides skills-based Relationship Education programs, and conducts Relationship Education facilitator trainings.
The Third Option program was created by Pat Ennis, who is the recipient of the Smart Marriage Impact Award. The award states, “For The Third Option, an exemplary and extraordinary marriage education program that sets the standard for all to follow.” The Third Option is also cited in a scholarly journal, Family Relations Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, October 2004, pp. 25-32.