Employee Ownership Foundation ESOP Stories: Harpoon Brewery

ESOP Stories: Why and How Harpoon Brewery Transitioned to Employee Ownership

Hear the story about how one of the first craft breweries in the nation became one of the most successful employee owned breweries in the world.

Employee Ownership Foundation ESOP Stories: Bob's Red Mill

ESOP Stories: Why an ESOP Made Sense for Bob’s Red Mill

You may recognize him from the cover of your favorite flour or oatmeal, Bob Moore, founder of Bob's Red Mill, based in Portland, OR, tells the story of his company's transition to employee ownership through an ESOP.

ESOP Formation Videos: Business Succession Planning

Business Succession: Introduction to ESOPs

Every company that successfully transitions to employee ownership through an ESOP is surrounded by smart advisors. We gathered just a few of these advisors to talk to you about what an ESOP is, how an ESOP company is structured, and more.

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.


Upcoming events
Aug 23 - 24, 2022 10:00 am EDT
New England Chapter HR Conference
Sep 12 - 14, 2022 11:00 am EDT
Multistate Regional Conference 2022
Sep 15, 2022 4:00 pm CDT
Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Women in ESOPs Summer Series September 2022
Sep 20 - 22, 2022 2:00 pm CDT
2022 Midwest Regional Conference
Sep 22, 2022 8:00 am CDT
Southwest Chapter - 2022 Fall Conference

Leading in an ownership setting: the program for ceos

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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.

The EOP/UPENN program will take place in sequential sessions. Participants should attend both sessions.

Part I: July 10-15, 2022

Part II: December 4-8, 2022

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



The Edmunson Scholarship, which helps defray the cost of sending non-management employee owners to programs that promote and offer education on employee ownership.

The scholarship can be used at events offered by the Employee Ownership Foundation or The ESOP Association.

Several scholarships are awarded each year, and companies can split the award between two employee owners.

Applications will be accepted between June 1 and July 15, 2022.

For updates, please visit our Edmunson Scholarship page.


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