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About Us

Founded in 1983 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the IFA Foundation has been at the forefront of serving the franchising community and supporting the mission of the International Franchise Association. Through the production of timely research, the establishment of an industry-leading certification program and by acting as a bridge between franchising and diverse communities, the Foundation helps to shape the future of franchising. We provide the franchising community and their advocates with the tools and knowledge to promote and protect the franchise business model, while ensuring that it remains inclusive, diverse and a force for good in communities around the country and the world. 

Foundation at a Glance 


Our Mission

To advance franchising and the free enterprise system by

  • Increasing the knowledge and professional standards of all members of the franchising community.
  • Educating the next generation of franchising practitioners.
  • Increasing recognition of franchising’s key role in the free enterprise system.
  • Providing comprehensive information and research about important developments and trends in franchising.

Our Staff

David Smith
Senior Manager, Diversity Programs