When local businesses succeed, communities thrive. That is why franchises are so vital to uplifting our students, our neighbors, and our families.

Franchises provide essential jobs, income, and benefits. But even more important—they foster a true sense of local community. Franchise owners are integral to that community through their philanthropic efforts — sponsoring the local little league team, raising money for student programs, and delivering hot meals for those in need.

Many of these local businesses have been serving their communities for decades. Owners, employees, and customers rely on each other, building each other up and creating long-term, quality relationships that define what community really means today.

Together, we are Open for Opportunity.

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Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School – Birmingham, MI

Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School – Birmingham, MI

When Chris McCuiston does his job, he doesn’t only give a child the opportunity to enjoy backyard pool parties, sailboat cruises, and rope swings over the creek, but he gives them the chance to potentially save their own life. It’s why he and his wife, Jenny, opened Goldfish Swim School in Birmingham, Michigan in 2006.

Damon Dunn, Dunkin’ – Seattle, WA

Damon Dunn, Dunkin’ – Seattle, WA

When Damon Dunn was growing up in Texas, he didn’t know anyone that owned their own business. Growing up in a family of 10 living in a three-bedroom trailer, Damon learned early in life the value of education, setting himself apart from his peers by excelling in the classroom – eventually attending Stanford University, “I didn’t know anyone who understood how to operate, start, fund, or manage a business. And so, in this environment, in the low socioeconomic status in which I lived, Dunkin’ was not something that was an option because of the lack of information.”

Tamra Kennedy, Taco John’s – St. Paul, MN

Tamra Kennedy, Taco John’s – St. Paul, MN

Tamra Kennedy always wanted to own her own business.

That path started in 1984 when Tamra found a job in Des Moines, Iowa as a secretary for a gentleman that owned franchises – Taco John’s and Burger King restaurants. Tamra made it her mission to understand more about the restaurants and learn about how the business operates.

$347M +

Amount franchises have contributed to community efforts


Hours franchise owners and employees have volunteered – and counting


65 percent of independent franchises donate to charity and industry-wide contributions total approx. $1.5 billion and 18 million hours of volunteer activity