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About the NCEO and Membership

The NCEO is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, whose mission is to provide practical resources and objective, reliable information about employee ownership to businesses, employees, and the public. Our members include companies, professional practitioners, government officials, academics, and others. Membership brings you into the employee ownership community and provides many benefits, but nonmembers can also make use of many of our resources on ESOPs, equity compensation, and ownership culture.


About the NCEO

Who We Are

National Center for Employee Ownership

The NCEO is a nonprofit membership and research organization that was founded in 1981 to provide the most objective and reliable information possible on employee ownership at the most affordable price possible. Read A Brief History of the NCEO for more information on how we got started. Today, we have over 3,000 members, ranging from employee ownership companies to consultants to academics; our NCEO Members on the Web page links to some of them and tells you how to get listed. We encourage everyone to link to us so your site visitors have a convenient link to accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased information about employee ownership.

We are the main publisher in the field, with over 50 titles ranging from issue briefs to lengthy books (see our guidelines for authors if you are interested in writing for us). We conduct dozens of Webinars yearly and also hold in-person meetings around the U.S., plus a large annual conference. We provide training, speaking, and introductory consulting, conduct surveys and other research, and have extensive contacts with the press, where we are regularly quoted.

We are supported almost entirely through membership fees and our activities, but we do accept donations, which are tax-deductible (we are qualified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization).

Read the NCEO's 2018 Annual Report.

Contact Information, Staff, and Governance

Our contact information and staff directory page provides contact information for the NCEO generally, plus contact information and a biography for each staff member.

Our board of directors is comprised of over 20 individuals who are active at employee ownership companies, service providers, and the NCEO.

Resources for the Press

Our Press Center combines useful reference material with contact information and photos for key NCEO staff.

Infographics, Interactive ESOP Maps, and More

Our Visual Guide to Employee Ownership site at provides interactive maps of U.S. ESOPs. You can zoom in and out, select a company marker to view information about a particular company, and search for companies by name. The site also features infographics you can use, an Employee Voices section on how employee-owners experience working at an employee ownership company, and videos on employee ownership.

Membership and Services

Joining as a Member and Renewing

Join Now

If you or your company are involved with employee ownership, you should be an NCEO member. Membership is very affordable (only $90 for U.S. residents to join for 12 months). You can both sign up and renew your membership online:

Sign Up for Membership or Renew an Existing Membership

Our member benefits are described below. You also might read Why You Should Join by NCEO founder and Senior Staff Member Corey Rosen. In What Members Say About Us, our members talk about how the NCEO has helped them over the years. We can serve as an invaluable resource both for companies and for consultants, and both for those dealing with an existing plan and those deciding what kind of plan they need.

Member Benefits and Services

NCEO members receive a variety of benefits:

  • Our main newsletter, the bimonthly Employee Ownership Report
  • Dozens of free live Webinars on ESOPs, equity compensation, and ownership culture, held throughout the year.
  • Discounts on our many publications, in-person meetings, survey data and reports, and other products and services we produce.
  • Access to the members-only area of this site, including a searchable newsletter archive, discussion forums, case studies, and more.
  • A document library in the members-only area with checklists, forms, policies, and more to help companies manage their ESOPs more effectively.
  • The ESOP Q&A in the members area, a searchable set of more than 700 questions and answers on ESOPs and related issues.
  • The right to call or email with questions.

For details, including sample newsletters, see our page on page on membership benefits and fees. Your membership runs for 12 months from the day you join.

Other Services

Aside from the membership benefits named above, we can provide speaking and preliminary consulting services, and survey and research services.

Staying Up to Date

Email Bulletin

Our twice-monthly email bulletin is free and includes highlights of the latest Employee Ownership Update on this site, news about upcoming events, new features on this site, and other NCEO projects. sign up today; you can unsubscribe at any time.