Strengthening, amplifying, and advocating for the franchise community.

We provide the tools for each IFA member to grow and enhance their business. We understand your challenges as a franchisee, franchisor, and supplier. We’ve been here from the start and we will support you into the future, every step of the way.

Franchising Gives Back

IFA empowers professionals in the franchising community to overcome today's toughest challenges in business. We take a holistic approach to supporting our members.

What do we mean? We understand that in order to support our members towards a successful future in franchising we need to also support their communities.

Making an impact…Together! 


VetFran: Veterans in Franchising

Did you know that veterans represent a higher percentage of ownership in franchises than in other businesses?

Since 2003, more than 3 million service members have returned to civilian life. The more military transition data is analyzed, the more we understand the effects and impact of modern military service. Just as they supported us, IFA is honored to stand beside our veterans through their transition.

In response to the growing national conversation, IFA started VetFran, a program designed to give veterans the step up that they deserve.

This includes incentives, job placement, discounts at 630 franchise companies, and discounted membership for all veterans interested in starting a franchise.


We stand for diversity, inclusion, and equality.

At the International Franchising Association, we believe diversity drives innovation. We know that our community is stronger when people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are fully engaged. Embracing diversity not only enhances our culture, it drives the success of our franchising community. 

The International Franchising Association is committed to ensuring an inclusive franchising community, where diversity is valued and is seen as the catalyst that drives our growth and success. 
There is truth in numbers: 30% of franchisee owners are minority owners and 30% are women. Both of these numbers are well above the national average, and that is something to be proud of. 

Through education, opportunities, and best practices, the IFA is driving a more engaged and inclusive culture. 


IFA Foundation Scholarship Programs

Each year the IFA Foundation administers three scholarships to support college students interested in pursuing a career in franchising. Recipients of each scholarship not only receive a monetary award, but are also invited to attend the IFA’s annual convention for free and receive a stipend of up to $1,500 to offset their travel cost to and from the event.

The application window is now open until February 9, 2024. For more information about each scholarship, including the criteria, click the links below.


Have questions? Contact our team.

David Smith

Director, Diversity Programs, International Franchise Association