We’re psyched to announce another year of the Franchising Gives Back Awards. It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since we helped the IFA Foundation launch the program, but here we are! And we hope to see your organization among this year’s nominations.
These awards recognize franchisees that are giving back to their community in extraordinary ways and celebrate the stories of how IFA members have established themselves as true leaders. And this year the Fish team is launching an even bigger PR program around the awards. So even if you don’t win, you still have the chance to be featured in Franchising World, Insider, IFA SmartBrief, on FranchisingGivesBack.org, and even in select national media outlets.
The award categories are:
- Spirit of Franchising Award
Recognize 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.
- The Newcomer Award
Highlight a new charitable or community support program launched within the last year that has made a significant impact on a local community. Charitable initiatives must have been executed for the first time during the previous calendar year.
- Enduring Impact Award
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
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.
- Innovation and Impact Award
Recognize an IFA member whose charitable or community support program focused on using creative, innovative ways to maximize the benefits and impact on their community with limited resources.
The deadline to submit is June 15 and award winners will be honored during the Franchising Gives Back Celebration & Awards Dinner at the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting on Sept. 4. (Did I mention winners get a monetary donation to their charitable cause?)