Scott Forge has been employee owned for more than 40 years and opened its doors in 1893.
Scott Forge has been employee owned for more than 40 years and opened its doors in 1893.
Bob’s Red Mill started its employee stock ownership plan in 2010.
Bob’s Red Mill started its employee stock ownership plan in 2010.
Harpoon Brewery, proudly employee-owned since 1992.
Harpoon Brewery, proudly employee-owned since 1992.

We provide essential information for every prospective and employee owner:

Employee ownership is an extraordinary opportunity that should be available to everyone

When employee owned businesses prosper, everyone shares in the rewards.

Businesses grow and gain competitive advantage, employees become stakeholders and grow their wealth, and local economies gain valuable services and stable jobs.

Since 1991, we’ve been on a mission to show the world how exceptional we all can be when work—and all of its reward—become a shared experience.

Donations fund all of our efforts

The Employee Ownership Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the employee ownership model of business. We promote employee ownership to the public and catalyze independent, academic research about the issues those businesses face. Our activities help spark and nurture action among business owners and leaders, policy makers, employees, and the media. Our goal is for more employees to have an ownership stake in the businesses where they work and for these types of businesses to be rewarded in the market.

Contribution FAQs

  • Help company owners learn about the option of selling their businesses to their employees.
  • Pay for practical research aimed at helping existing employee owned firms excel.
  • Fund programs and academic fellowships.
  • Are fully tax deductible.


featured event
- | New Orleans
2020 ESOP Professionals' Forum

The ESOP Professionals' Forum is the only event of its kind: a meeting designed exclusively for high-level professionals who provide technical and legal assistance to ESOP companies. Led by the chairs of The Association’s highly respected technical committees, this program gathers professionals for strategic and complex discussions of the challenges facing ESOPs. Join with peers, share insights, and work to establish best practices.

upcoming events
- | New Orleans
2020 ESOP Professionals' Forum
| Minneapolis, MN
2020 Winter Conference of the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association
| St. Johnsbury, VT
Selling to the Employees: A Path for Business Succession
- | Ft. Lauderdale, FL
ESCA/Foundation for Private Employee Ownership Leadership Summit
| New York, NY
New York: Advancing Equity through Employee Ownership Models
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This unique program helps top executives maximize their ESOPs by fostering employee owner engagement and participation that impacts the company’s bottom line.

This intensive two-week program offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn with and from other ESOP executives, forming relationships and networks that last long after the program ends. (The program facilitates ongoing networking for program alumni.)

This program is for current CEOs or Presidents of ESOP companies, or their designated successors.

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Employee Ownership is the new American Dream. When you own a stake in the company where you work, you have an unbeatable opportunity to build a better tomorrow for yourself and your family.

- Jim Bonham, President, Employee Ownership Foundation