Koch family foundations

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For the political activities of the Koch family, see Political activities of the Koch brothers.

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.[1]


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.[2] David H. Koch established the David H. Koch Charitable 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;[3] 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.[4] The Foundation's environmental aid includes support for science education,[5] 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.[6]
  • Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (1980),[7] later split into:[8]
    • Charles Koch Institute (2011), 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™.[9]
    • Charles Koch Foundation (2011), 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.[10]
  • David H. Koch Foundation[11]
  • Koch Cultural Trust, founded 1986 as Kansas Cultural Trust, renamed in 2008 as Koch Cultural Trust[12]
  • Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation[2] closed January 2013 and filed termination with the IRS February 2014.[13]
  • The Knowledge and Progress Fund, chaired by Charles Koch.[14][15]

Areas of funding[edit]

Think tanks[edit]

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.

Higher education[edit]

The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation funds college study groups called Koch Scholars who gather and read "an assortment of select books, movies, and podcasts surrounding the principles of a free society."[16] Such groups exist at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University[16] and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.[citation needed] As of 2014, the Charles Koch Foundation has given grants to almost 300 colleges and universities, per their website.[17]

In 2014, the Kochs made a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).[18] In protest of the Kochs, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a major labor union, ended its annual $50,000–$60,000 support for the UNCF.[19]

Cancer research, arts, and science[edit]

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.[1]

See also[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ a b Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama., Mayer, Jane, The New Yorker, August 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Pam Martens (19 October 2010). "The Koch Empire and Americans for Prosperity". CounterPunch. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Gilderlehrman.org. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bill of Rights Institute: About Us". Bill of Rights Institute. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Fred and Mary Koch Foundation". Fmkfoundation.org. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation". Koch Family Foundations. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation". Koch Family Foundations. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation". Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. We are pleased to announce that the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation has split into two separate entities – The Charles Koch Foundation and the Charles Koch Institute. 
  9. ^ "Charles Koch Institute, About". Koch Family Foundations. 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Charles Koch Foundation". Koch Family Foundations. 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "David H. Koch Charitable Foundation and Personal Philanthropy". Koch Family Foundations. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Koch Cultural Trust". Koch Family Foundations. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  13. ^ 2013 Form 990 "Claude R. Lambe Foundation". Guidestar.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ Bennett, Laurie (March 31, 2012). "Tracking Koch Money and Americans for Prosperity". Forbes. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ Lewis, Charles; Holmberg, Eric; Fernandez Campbell, Alexia; Beyoud, Lydia (July 1, 2013). "Koch millions spread influence through nonprofits, colleges". Investigative Reporting Workshop (American University School of Communication). Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Koch Scholars". Huntsman.usu.edu. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Colleges and Universities with Programs Supported by the Charles Koch Foundation April 2014" (pdf). Kochfamilyfoundations.org. April 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Sullivan, Sean (June 6, 2014). "Koch brothers donate $25 million to United Negro College Fund". Washington Post. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Union halts support for United Negro College Fund over Koch brothers’ grant". New York Post. Associated Press. 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

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