Poynter’s Approach to Provocative Ideas: More Collegiate Journalism
Poynter’s Approach to Provocative Ideas: More Collegiate Journalism College journalists have a crucial role to play in helping their campuses grapple with controversial ideas. The Poynter Institute aims to help them do it. Read the Story
Charles Koch's Commitment to Higher Education
Charles Koch's Commitment to Higher Education Read the full letter
We're working to understand what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it.
We're working to understand what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it. Learn More
Charles Koch Foundation 2018 Giving Review
Charles Koch Foundation 2018 Giving Review We’re continually impressed by the quality and diversity of proposals that scholars and community groups bring to us. This year is no exception, and we’re proud to be able to meet the increasing demand. Read More
We're supporting criminal justice research at Arizona State University. Learn more about this university center and professor Erik Luna.
We're supporting criminal justice research at Arizona State University. Learn more about this university center and professor Erik Luna. Learn More
Turning Dreams into Reality: UNCF/Koch Scholars
Turning Dreams into Reality: UNCF/Koch Scholars "My interest in economics is: How do we improve people’s lives? If I have to go against mainstream thinking, I don’t care." Watch the Video Read About Our Partnership

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Education creates opportunity and drives progress. The Foundation grants funding to scholars, students, and partners developing creative solutions that empower individuals to transform their lives and to improve society.

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  • Criminal Justice Reform

    We believe that a criminal justice system focused on human dignity is the best way to keep our communities safe.

  • Toleration & Free Speech

    We support research, educational programs, and dialogue focused on enabling a more tolerant society through modeling civil discourse and protecting press freedom.

  • Foreign Policy

    We support new voices and sound scholarship that speak to America's enduring interests and policies that will make our country safer.

  • Economic Freedom

    We support research on the barriers that prevent people from working, innovating, and creating value for themselves and their communities.

  • Technology & Innovation

    We support scholars who are examining the barriers to innovation in myriad areas, from transportation and health care to online communication.

  • K–12 Education

    We fund scholarships, research on K–12 education, teacher and curriculum support, and community non-profits that help children reach their full potential.

Charles Koch

It became clear to me, as I studied the ideas that shaped human history, that virtually everybody has the ability to learn, contribute and succeed if given the opportunity to do so. As I absorbed and applied these ideas, they transformed my life and enabled me to accomplish more than I ever dreamed possible. That success made me want to help as many people as possible to do the same.

Charles G. Koch
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In the News

The latest news about the Charles Koch Foundation, our scholars, and our giving.

12-04-2018 09:12am

Charles Koch Foundation Statement on University of Wisconsin Free Speech Developments

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse chancellor Joe Gow is reportedly fielding criticism and facing a financial audit for inviting an adult film start to speak on campus during the school’s free speech week this semester.

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11-28-2018 09:11am

The Atlantic Launches New Project On Free Speech

To meaningfully address manifold challenges of divisiveness—on campus, online, and in other aspects of society—national magazine The Atlantic announced today a new, year-long, reporting initiative focused on drivers of polarization and how to address it

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11-12-2018 01:11pm

Freedom Project Offers Wellesley Students Chance To Discuss Serious Ideas

Wellesley College's Freedom Project has expanded opportunities for members of the campus community to engage on topics ranging from free speech with Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker to Islamic tradition with Turkish journalist and scholar Mustafa Akyol.

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