Charles Koch’s Philanthropic Giving Surpasses $1 Billion

Our grantmaking is about enabling everyone to fulfill their potential. Given the role that education plays, most of Charles Koch’s philanthropy has focused there.

Forbes reports that his giving has surpassed $1 billion, including support for programs at hundreds of colleges and universities as well as nonprofit organizations across the country. In fact, 95 percent of his personal philanthropy went to educational opportunities and community groups addressing persistent poverty last year alone. Koch shares examples of a few of the initiatives he supports in TIME’s coverage and adds: “Those results – which are real and measurable – are the true indicator of my philanthropy.” That’s also why we’re committed to doing more.

Examples of recent grants include:

  • Arizona State University professor Erik Luna’s bringing together more than 120 scholars from a wide array of universities and backgrounds to develop a comprehensive report on criminal justice reform;
  • StoryCorps elevating stories that show the value of taking the first step on difficult conversations;
  • Narrative 4 placing real-time video “rooms” at K-12 schools in NYC, Kentucky, and Mexico to connect students as if they are sharing a single space;
  • Prairie View A&M professor Chris Medina creating a league for HBCU students to debate and understand differing points of view; and many others.

The common thread running throughout these and other initiatives is the understanding when we find ways to engage with each other, we improve the odds of solving even the most complex problems. Considering all that currently divides people, this work has taken on a new importance.

Learn more about these and other courageous collaborations.

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.

Read more

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

Read more

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.

Read more

Sign up for updates