Our Supported Scholars & Organizations

Our Supported Scholars & Organizations

The Charles Koch Foundation supports scholars and non-profits working to understand how to create a society of mutual benefit where people succeed by helping others improve their lives.

The Charles Koch Foundation grants funding to scholars, students, and partners developing creative solutions that empower individuals to transform their lives and to improve society. From defending First Amendment freedoms in today’s digital age to bridging the gap between academia and criminal justice reform, our grantees are creating real-world change.

Grantee Spotlight

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

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.

More Grantee Stories

10-07-2020 04:54pm

A young superstar’s quest: to unlock her own potential, and inspire others

“I don’t know for sure what I’ll be doing in the future, but I do know that I am passionate about law, education, and policy,” Smith said. “I can advocate for people, be a voice. In everything I do, I keep moving toward that light.”

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09-08-2020 01:35pm

More than just a degree

Since 2014, the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program (UKSP) has awarded thousands of scholarships to first generation, low-income Black students who have a passion for developing an entrepreneurial mindset and applying it to all aspects of life. But helping individuals is not what most impresses UNCF’s president and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax about the program. For Lomax, the biggest upside is UKSP’s focus on enriching communities, not just individuals.

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08-18-2020 01:45pm

Americans are less polarized than we think

Samantha Moore-Berg found that left- and right-leaning Americans’ views are, in fact, often more alike than they realize. But the more they feel the other side is hostile and dismissive toward them, the wider they believe the gaps between their positions to be.

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