The Task Force which meets monthly via conference calls, piggy backs on the IFA Annual Convention to bring old and new participants together for updates and education about this sector. Progress reports were presented by several members:
- Task Force leaders Michael Seid and Marla Rosner provided an overview of 2015 highlights.
- Blake Martin reported on the Special Projects Committee initiatives to create tools that consultants and attorneys tasked with assisting social sector franchisors can use to help them shape effective strategy and legal documents.
- Josh Merin, IFA’s Director of International Affairs, reported on the Task Force’s external outreach to a myriad of government agencies and universities.
- Peter Holt reported on the Task Force’s outreach to other internal groups of the IFA and about the mentoring program for those programs considering social sector franchising.
- Julie McBride and Louise Broekman reported on the database project under development which aims to assemble data about existing social sector programs.
- Bill Maddocks and Udo Schlentrich reported on social sector franchising initiatives at University of New Hampshire and potential collaborations with the Task Force.
- Rozenn Perrigot of the University of Rennes in France reported on her many initiatives on social sector research and teaching as a professor there.
- Scott Hillstrom offered insights into why social sector franchising works and freely offered a look at his new business plan for Child and Family Wellness.