The International Franchise Association
Celebrating 57 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and nearly 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.
The IFA Foundation is a global resource of education, research and non-profit programming serving the franchising community. As a 501(c)3 organization and a close partner of the IFA, the Foundation provides training, education and certification to franchise executives and produces key research to help franchises thrive and to quantify their positive impact on the economy. Beyond education and research, the Foundation’s programming seeks to promote, recognize and increase the diversity and vibrancy of the franchise community, with programs designed to help the next generation of franchise leaders, minorities, women and veterans. The Foundation also works to highlight the positive impact franchises make in the philanthropic and charity space. The Foundation’s program’s and initiatives are supported by volunteer leadership committees, a dedicated staff and the generous support of partners from throughout the franchising community and beyond.
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