Our Giving & Support

Our Giving & Support

The Charles Koch Foundation supports the study of the institutions that enable a society of mutual benefit where people succeed by helping others improve their lives. Through grants to universities and non-profit organizations, we connect students and scholars with the resources to explore diverse ideas and solutions that meet the challenges of our day.

Our Giving Standards and Principles

Our giving standards and principles guide our long-standing commitment to academic independence and openness.

Faculty call the shots.

Behind each of our grants is a scholar with a vision. Their freedom to drive their research wherever it may take them is essential to the discovery that we hope results from our support.

Schools provide the academic environment.

We’re excited to support hundreds of schools ranging from small liberal arts colleges to state research universities to Ivy League schools. Each grant we make follows the school’s standard procedures when it comes to hiring, curriculum, peer review, and other policies.

Openness brings opportunities.

To help make potential grantees aware of opportunities, we share news of all our major gifts. This knowledge sharing improves collaboration, offering others the possibility to build on the work of the scholars we support.

Society benefits.

The scholars we support are tackling some of the toughest challenges of our time and preparing students for success in a dynamic future. The goal of our philanthropy is to improve society. As scholars’ discoveries guide the path forward on criminal justice reform, free expression, foreign policy, technology and innovation, economic opportunity, and other pressing challenges, society progresses.

Grantee Spotlight

Our grantees examine issues that matter and propose solutions to help people improve their lives.

  • Criminal Justice & Policing Reform

    We support research that emphasizes human dignity and enhances public safety, with a particular focus on reducing overcriminalization, recidivism, and barriers to second chances for ex-offenders.

  • 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.

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General Proposal

We support scholars doing critical work to understand how free and open societies function best.

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Requests for Proposals

We look for research that addresses pressing issues including criminal justice reform, foreign policy, and free speech.

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Graduate Student Grants

We offer grants and fellowships to support research and career development for students considering or pursuing advanced degrees.

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Non-Profit Grants

We partner with and support non-profit organizations that help people improve their lives and communities.

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