Koch family foundations
The Koch family foundations are a group of nonprofit organizations in the United States associated with the family of Fred C. Koch. The most prominent of these are the Charles Koch Foundation and the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, created by two of Fred C. Koch's sons, who own the majority of Koch Industries, an oil, gas, and chemical conglomerate, which is the U.S.A.'s second-largest privately held company.
The Koch Family Foundations began in 1953 with the establishment of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. In 1980 Charles Koch established the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and in 1981 he created the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation when he was left in charge of Claude Lambe's estate. David H. Koch established the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation.
The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation was established with the stated purpose of advancing social progress and well-being through the development, application and dissemination of "the Science of Liberty". Charles' and David's foundations have together provided millions of dollars to a variety of organizations, including libertarian or conservative think tanks.
The foundation also funds study groups called Koch Scholars who gather and read "an assortment of select books, movies, and podcasts surrounding the principles of a free society." Colleges where such groups exist include the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Cancer research, arts, and science
The David H. Koch Foundation has funded cancer research and a number of arts and science organizations, including the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History.
Fred and Mary Koch Foundation
The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation was established in 1953 to support non-profits in Kansas focusing on "arts, environmental stewardship, human services, enablement of at-risk youth, and education" through the funding of diversity programs at Kansas State University; the program Youth Entrepreneurs, a high-school level entrepreneurial and business program; the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which develops programs to enhance the schools' history curricula; and the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization that holds seminars and workshops for teachers and administrators to provide "educational resources on America’s Founding documents and principles" to enhance the learning experience for students.
The Foundation's environmental aid includes support for science education, and donations to organizations such as The Nature Conservancy to help preserve the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, as well as the creation of the Koch Wetlands Exhibit in the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands in Kansas.
- Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (1980), later split into:
- Charles Koch Institute, housing professional education, research and training programs for careers in advancing economic freedom. It runs the Koch Internship Program, the Koch Associate Program, and Liberty@Work™.
- Charles Koch Foundation, focusing on grants and supporting higher education programs that analyze how free societies advance the well-being of mankind. It supports the Koch Institute's programs.
- David H. Koch Foundation
- Koch Cultural Trust (founded 1986 as Kansas Cultural Trust, renamed in 2008)
- Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation
- Charles Koch Institute (2011)
Richard H. Fink, a member of the boards of directors and President of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation. He is also on the board of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.
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