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We are pleased that you are interested in forming an FFI chapter in your area. Typically the process of forming a chapter takes about one year before the new chapter is formally accepted by the FFI board of directors. During this year you will work closely with the FFI office. Below are a few items for you to consider.

Getting Started

To begin the process of organizing a local chapter, a group of interested FFI members (no fewer than five) in good standing in the area must be identified. These members should then:
  • contact the FFI office for an orientation to the Chapter Policies & Procedures. Please note that no official contacts with regard to starting an FFI chapter should be made before this orientation takes place.
  • define the geographic region to be included, subject to the approval of the FFI board of directors.
  • plan an introductory meeting. FFI will assist in to setting up the first meeting, which will also be an orientation meeting on how FFI chapters work. A representative from FFI must be present at this meeting. Although 25 members are needed before applying for chapter status, 25 members are not needed to hold an interest/orientation meeting.

Why Form An FFI Chapter?
  • to extend and enhance on a local level the benefits of FFI membership
  • to promote programs and exchange ideas on family enterprise advising, consulting, education and research
  • to enhance the professionalism and skills of members
  • to provide collaborative opportunities with local colleagues to expand business horizons

What Are the Benefits of Affiliating with FFI?
  • name recognition, credibility and branding with FFI as the premier professional association in the field
  • access to FFI resources
  • speakers
  • certificate program
  • FFI Global Education Network (GEN) courses
  • local contacts for multidisciplinary collaboration
  • research and information through FFI publications and collaborative relationships with others in the family enterprise field

For more information on policies and procedures for chapters please email