Why We Fund Higher Education

I’ve recently had the opportunity to discuss the Charles Koch Foundation’s higher education giving with leaders from a wide range of businesses and philanthropic organizations, including many who support our nation’s colleges and universities. Together we share a common conviction that it is essential to fund the visions and interests of schools across the country so they can expand access for students and citizens to exciting education programs and ideas.

Private philanthropy is a key element that enables American colleges and universities to succeed. Thankfully, this is a country where many individuals and foundations are more than generous with their resources to support higher education.  In fact, last year, institutions of higher learning raised a record-breaking $37 billion in private support. We are privileged to provide even a small portion of that funding.

The Charles Koch Foundation has been supporting research and education programs focused on advancing an understanding of the institutions that enable individual and societal well-being for decades.  We recently released requests for proposals to study criminal justice and policing reform, toleration, technology and innovation, cronyism, and foreign policy. Higher education is a core institution that advances an understanding of the institutions that enable well-being. It is where ideas are discovered, refined, and shared. That scholarly process requires that academics and students be free to pursue their interests, their research, and their conclusions. It requires universities and colleges to offer a diversity of ideas. That is why we support professors who add to the variety of ideas available on college campuses. Our approach to support for universities is set out in our Guiding Principles.

The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to supporting a diversity of ideas in higher education, and in so doing advancing understanding of how to improve well-being throughout society. That is why I’m so excited about our current projects and future growth, and the opportunity to participate in this recent seminar. If you have a proposal for us, or know someone who does, I would encourage you to please submit it. We look forward to hearing from you.

More News Stories

06-19-2019 05:10pm

Scholars Pair Up with Their Philosophical Opposites to Research American Democracy

The University of Arizona-based National Institute for Civil Discourse awarded grants to 10 scholars to research core concepts that are vital to American political and civic life.

Read more

06-11-2019 04:10pm

Charles Koch Foundation Supports Xavier University’s Williams College of Business

Xavier University’s Williams College of Business recently announced that it received a $500,000 gift from the Charles Koch Foundation to help support the Stephen S. Smith Center.

Read more

06-07-2019 09:48am

New University of Florida Initiative to Examine the Role and Impact of Digital Markets

The University of Florida announced a new initiative within its Warrington College of Business focusing on the role and impact of growing digital markets.

Read more