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Thank you for your interest in joining the International Ombuds Association (IOA). The mission of IOA is to support and advance the global organizational ombuds profession and to ensure that practitioners work to the highest professional standards. We are a member-led, professional association with more than 1,100 members. Learn more about our history and our commitment to supporting ombuds worldwide.

The people who make up our association come from a variety of backgrounds. Explore some of their stories by reading The Independent Voice, and explore all that IOA has to offer by reviewing our full list of member benefits

IOA Membership Dues
Membership is effective for one year from the date you join.
  New Member Renewing Member
$225 USD
+ One-Time $25 USD application fee
$225 USD
*New* Group Member – Learn More!

$810 USD for four profiles
+ $202.50 USD per additional profile
+ One-Time $50 USD application fee

$810 USD for four profiles
+ $202.50 USD per additional profile
Student Affiliate Member $  50 USD
+ One-Time $25 USD application fee
$50 USD Annually
Retired Member** n/a $50 USD Annually
Distinguished Emeritus  n/a Nomination Required

*Group memberships are only available to groups of four or more individuals from the same organization.
**Retired Member category is only available to previous Retired Members or IOA Members.

Membership dues are voluntary and non-refundable.

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Transfer of IOA Membership

IOA memberships held by individuals may be transferred at the membership holder's request. A transfer of membership may be initiated by a current member by contacting IOA staff at [email protected]. A $25 fee will apply for each transfer of individual membership. 

Group Members may transfer memberships during their renewal period or with the permanent departure of staff. Roster changes for Group Memberships should be submitted to the IOA office at [email protected].

Learn more about the guidelines for the transfer of membership.

For U.S. citizens: contributions or gifts to associations which are exempt under IRS 501(c)6 are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be deducted as ordinary and necessary business expenses.