Economic Freedom

Economic Freedom

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

Governments often grant privileges—from favorable regulations to tax breaks—to well-connected companies and individuals. This favoritism, called cronyism or corporate welfare, corrupts the economy and undermines American prosperity. At the same time, overregulation and unnecessarily stringent licensing requirements keep many people—especially those with limited means—out of the workforce.A two-tiered system that benefits established industries and the politically well-connected gives consumers less choice and stifles entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic freedom.

The Charles Koch Foundation supports research on the barriers that prevent people from working, innovating, and creating value for themselves and their communities. The scholars we support study how economic freedom can help people improve their lives.

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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.

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