Forums & Committees

The IFA Board of Directors shall have the power to create committees, advisory groups and task forces for the Association, define their functions, and terminate any such committee or advisory group.   The IFA Chair shall appoint the committee Chair, Vice Chair, and members.  Each committee and advisory group shall perform the functions specifically prescribed by the Board of Directors or which are properly within the jurisdiction of such committee or advisory group.  (IFA Bylaws)

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Forums & Committees

Diversity Institute Board

The goal of the IFA Foundation Diversity Institute Board is to promote and foster diversity and inclusion within the franchising community.

Foundation Board of Trustees

The Goal of the IFA Foundation Board of Trustees is to provide governance and sets strategy for the IFA Foundation.

Franchise Business Network

IFA’s Franchise Business Network (FBN) program consists of meetings scheduled (though it is not imperative) for the second Tuesday of each quarter across the U.S. While networking with others in the franchise community, meeting potential customers and making new business contacts, participants take advantage of educational programs and legislative information made available to them at no charge, except for the cost of meals.

Franchise Relations Committee

The goal of the IFA Franchise Relations Committee is to assist IFA members by developing information and programs that promote positive relations and encourage dialogue and cooperation between franchisees and franchisors.

Franchisee Forum

The goal of the Franchisee Forum is to encourage meaningful dialogue between franchisees and franchisors, and to be instrumental in addressing and resolving concerns of mutual interest.

Franchisor Forum

The goal of the Franchisor Forum is provide an opportunity for franchisor members of the IFA to discuss matters of interest primarily to franchisors.

IFA Board of Directors

The goal of the IFA Board of Directors is to provide governance and policy development for IFA.

International Committee

The goal of the IFA International Committee is to oversee and direct the activities of IFA’s International Department.

Legal Symposium Task Force

The goal of the IFA Legal Symposium Task Force is to provide direction and suggestions for the general sessions and educational programming at the IFA Legal Symposium.

Legal/Legislative Committee

The goal of the IFA Legal/Legislative Committee is to advise IFA with regard to identification, prioritization and position on legislative, regulatory and legal issues affecting franchising.

Legislative Action Group

The goal of the IFA Legislative Action Group is to advise IFA on legislative, regulatory or other political issues affecting franchising.

Marketing and Innovation Committee

The goal of the IFA Marketing and Innovation Committee is to educate IFA members on best practices in marketing, technology and innovation to drive member company performance and efficiency by leveraging digital platforms and other innovative tools to promote franchising and the IFA to internal and external audiences.

Membership Committee

The goal of the Membership Committee is to build a cohesive membership foundation to strengthen IFA for its franchisors, franchisees and suppliers.

Social Sector Franchising

The Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association (IFA) has established a task force to explore leveraging the methods used in Commercial Franchising to benefit those organizations serving the Bottom of the Pyramid.

Supplier Forum Advisory Board

The goal of the Supplier Forum is to promote the continued growth of franchising through a network of informed suppliers dedicated to superior service and professionalism, and to better support members of the franchising community with high-quality products, new technologies, and educational opportunities.

VetFran Committee

The goal of the IFA Foundation VetFran Committee is to provide strategic direction to the VetFran program.

Women's Franchise Committee

Formed in 1996, the Women's Franchise Committee (WFC) is dedicated to inspiring and encouraging women in franchising by creating a network of business professionals dedicated to strengthening the success of women in franchising. The WFC has created a number of programs and resources in order to achieve this goal, ranging from "how to" guides and conferences to local networking chapters


WFN’s are local networks are designed to develop relationships with women franchising professionals and to address issues, share ideas and offer solutions related to franchising.