Koch Family Foundations and Philanthropy
Since establishing the Koch Scholars program in 2007, the Fred and Mary
Koch Foundation has provided $45,000 in scholarships to more than 40 at-risk students
so they can pursue their dream of higher education. The Koch Scholars program is
administered in partnership with Goodwill Industries Easter Seal Society of Wichita,
Kan., which provides additional training in life skills for the students. Pictured
are three of the eight 2009 Koch Scholars.
For more than half a century, the foundations and the individual giving of Koch family members have contributed to many beneficial organizations and causes.
Beginning with the creation of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation in 1953, Koch family foundations and philanthropy today include the Charles Koch Foundation, the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Koch Cultural Trust. Their history of sustained giving, and focus on advancing liberty and freedom, has created opportunity throughout the world.
Progress. Prosperity. Well-Being.
Koch family foundations and philanthropy are grounded in the belief that free societies are the best generators of social progress, sustainable prosperity and well-being for all. This is possible in a system that allows people the freedom to pursue their own interests within beneficial rules of just conduct, while demonstrating personal responsibility.
Areas of Interest
Each Koch family foundation is managed independently, accepting applications and awarding grants separately.
Areas of interest vary and include:
- Fostering entrepreneurship
- Arts and culture
- Research & education
- Environmental stewardship
- At-risk youth
- Medical research
- Human services
View a map that illustrates some of the organizations and causes supported by Koch family foundations and philanthropy.