Become a Member of IOA

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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


2022 IOA Membership Dues
Membership is effective for one year from the date you join.
  New Member Renewing Member
2022 Members
$225 USD
+ One-Time $25 USD application fee
$225 USD
2022 Student Affiliate Member $  50 USD
+ One-Time $25 USD application fee
$50 USD Annually
2022 Retired Member* n/a $50 USD Annually
2022 Distinguished Emeritus  n/a Nomination Required

*Retired Member category is only available to previous Retired Members or IOA Members. 

Membership Dues are voluntary and non-refundable.

View the list of criteria for each membership category


Transfer of IOA Membership

IOA memberships are held by individuals. A transfer of membership may be initiated by a current member by contacting IOA staff at [email protected] or +1-206-209-5275. A $25 fee will apply for each transfer of membership. Learn more about the guidelines for 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.

If you choose to apply using a hard copy application form, contact IOA headquarters at [email protected] or +1-206-209-5275