Celebrate the EOF’s 30th Anniversary This October – Raising 1 Million Dollars for Employee Ownership

ESOPATHON is an activity-based fundraising challenge. It's your chance to share your ESOP success stories and your chance to be the reason employee ownership grows and thrives in the US.

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
Sep 29 - 30, 2021 5:30 pm CDT
Southwest Chapter – 2021 Fall Conference
Sep 30 - Oct 01, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
New England Chapter - 2021 Fall Conference - Portland, ME
Oct 01 - Nov 01, 2021 4:00 am
Oct 11 - 13, 2021 5:00 pm PDT
California/Western States Chapter - 2021 Annual Conference
Oct 15, 2021 7:00 am EDT
Carolinas Chapter - 2021 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 UPENN/EOF program for 2021 is now sold-out. New dates and registration for 2022 will be announced soon. For general planning purposes, the program tends to be scheduled in two week-long sessions, with the first session in mid-July and the second session in early December.

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.

The entry period for 2021 Edmunson Scholarship Applications has passed. Stay tuned for 2022 application. 

For updates, please visit our Edmunson Scholarship page.