Franchising Gives Back: Highlights Vetfran 25th

More than 60 IFA member volunteers and staff gathered on Friday at the Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC), part of the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio for the annual Franchising Gives Back Volunteer Activity.

The WFSC provides coordinated services to patients, next-of-kin and extended family members with a primary focus on Wounded Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Warriors. Franchising Gives Back volunteers helped to maintain the surrounding grounds of the facility.

VetFran Program Manager George Eldridge said the project had a “direct, positive impact on today’s military members and their families. It was a small but significant way to say thank you to those families that continue to make a great sacrifice every day for our nation.” Find out more at

The story of who we are at Franchising Gives Back would not be complete without explaining how we began.

Franchising Gives Back began at the IFA Annual Convention when a group of IFA members – franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers – organized a volunteer effort to serve a specific need in the community. For many the spirit of teamwork and “giving back” to the community where IFA’s convention was being held was the highlight of their convention experience.

As we heard stories about how these business leaders give back by supporting charities in their local communities, we began to realize something very important. Franchise businesses are engaged in charitable and community support activities every day in thousands of communities across the U.S. and around the world. Through their efforts — by contributing countless hours of volunteer time and financial support to local charities and service organizations — they are making a huge impact on their local communities and have been for years.

Moving Forward On Giving Back

Today, Franchising Gives Back recognizes and promotes the contributions of franchise business leaders year-round. From supporting Little League baseball teams, to donating food for homeless shelters, to organizing marches for cancer research, franchise businesses donate billions of volunteer hours and dollars to give back to their communities. Big or small, the combined local contributions of franchising create a significant impact worldwide.

Franchising Gives Back recognizes the leaders who are giving back to move communities forward and inspiring their peers to do the same.

The Franchising Gives Back Awards celebrate the stories of how franchisors, franchisees and suppliers have established themselves as true leaders through their commitment to giving back to their communities. The Awards salute the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs and the collective impact of these efforts across the U.S. and around the world.

Who is eligible?

The Franchising Gives Back Awards program is open to any franchisor, franchisee or supplier who is an IFA member during the year of the awards program, and/or any of their affiliated organizations, such as foundations. Nominations can be submitted by an owner/employee of the organization or one of its affiliated partners (e.g. public relations agency).

Who are the judges?

Finalists will be selected in each category using a criteria and point system. Finalists will then be recommended to a panel of judges representing the IFA and IFA Educational Foundation leadership.

How do I nominate someone?

You can submit a nomination for any charitable or community support activity that you, your business, and/or your company has engaged in during the past year.

Spirit of Franchising Award

Submit a nomination by June 17


Recognizing an IFA member whose charitable or community support program embodies the spirit of what it means to be a part of the franchising industry by giving back to his or her local community. Nominations should demonstrate how the member saw an unmet charitable need in the community and worked to improve it.

Enduring Impact Award

Submit a nomination by June 17


Honor an IFA member with a longstanding commitment to his or her community that has been executing an outstanding charitable or community support program(s) for at least five (consecutive) years. Entries detail the significant impact the initiatives have made, whether through total dollars raised, in-kind contributions, hours volunteered, etc.

Support Our Veterans Award

Submit a nomination by June 17


Recognize an IFA member whose charitable or community support program has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help those men and women who have served in the U.S. military and their families, and positively impacted their local community along the way.



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