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

04-04-2019 02:34pm

Empowering the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs

American University’s Entrepreneurship Incubator is helping students develop businesses that are bettering the world.

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04-03-2019 03:39pm

No Laughing Matter

Comedians are truth-tellers who not only make us laugh, but who frequently tackle taboo subjects (and not always tastefully). Yet by doing so, they launch often-difficult conversations on sensitive topics such as race and religion.

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03-29-2019 01:20pm

Why Do We Resist New Things? | Pessimists Archive

The podcast Pessimists Archive looks back on once-new technologies and the fears they invoked to find out.

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