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Harpoon Brewery, proudly employee-owned since 1992.
Harpoon Brewery, proudly employee-owned since 1992.
Bob’s Red Mill started its employee stock ownership plan in 2010.
Bob’s Red Mill started its employee stock ownership plan in 2010.
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.

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.

EVENTS FROM THE EMPLOYEE OWNED COMMUNITY

Featured event
Nov 11 - 13, 2020 10:00 am EDT
ESOP 2020: Resilience and Renewal

ESOP 2020: Resilience and Renewal
This event will provide the technical content you need to prepare for 2021, while fortifying you for the future, renewing your spirit, and helping you keep your ESOP company buoyant and bouncing back, no matter what lies ahead.

Upcoming events
Sep 29 - 30, 2020 9:00 am EDT
Northeast Conference - 2020 Regional Virtual Meeting
Nov 11 - 13, 2020 10:00 am EDT
ESOP 2020: Resilience and Renewal
Dec 06 - Mar 25, 2021 8:00 am EDT
2020 CEO Leadership Program

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.

Due to COVID-19 and its impacts on travel and meetings we are currently re-evaluating this program. Please check back for more information. 

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

EDMUNSON SCHOLARSHIP HELPS PAY FOR EMPLOYEE OWNER TRAINING

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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.

Due to COVID-19 and the inability to host in person events, the EOF is re-evaluating the scholarship process.

For updates, please visit our Edmunson Scholarship page.