Charles Koch Institute

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Charles Koch Institute
Koch Institute Logo.jpg
Named afterCharles Koch
HeadquartersArlington, Virginia, United States
United States
Charles Koch
Brian Hooks
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$21,402,905[1]
Staff (2014)

The Charles Koch Institute is a libertarian-oriented public policy research, programming, grant-making, and fellowship-funding organization based in Virginia. Named after Charles Koch, its founder and primary financier, it pursues conservative economic policies and a non-interventionist foreign policy that has been characterized as anti-neoconservative or defensive realist.


The Charles Koch Institute was established in 2011 and is housed in a building which it shares with the Charles Koch Foundation.[3][4] According to Charles Koch, the institute is the beneficiary of a majority of his personal political donations, or those separate from what originates from Koch Industries.[5]


The institute is governed by a board of directors composed of Charles Koch, Chase Koch, Elizabeth Koch, and Richard Fink. Its president is Brian Hooks.[2]


Domestic policy[edit]

According to the institute, it funds "research that furthers an understanding of how cronyism and corporate welfare affect individual and societal well-being".[6]

In 2015 the organization partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union to study the implications of newly enacted asset forfeiture legislation in New Mexico.[7] The institute has also developed a Prison Entrepreneurship Program that sponsors business classes and a business plan competition for U.S. prison inmates.[8]

Foreign policy[edit]

The institute finances research, forums, and speaking tours regarding U.S. foreign policy, describing its worldview as one that "emphasizes the need to defend our territorial integrity from aggression, promote free trade, peacefully engage with the world, and serve as an exemplar of liberal values".[9]

In 2016 The Intercept described the institute's foreign policy agenda as emblematic of "how foreign policy no longer neatly aligns with party politics", observing one event the organization hosted that appeared more like "a left-wing anti-war rally than a gathering hosted by a longtime right-wing institution".[10] The same year it hosted a conference headlined by Chas Freeman, Stephen Walt, and John Mearsheimer.[11]

Professional education[edit]

According to the organization, it underwrites several professional education programs, including the "Koch Associate Program", a fellowship which funds the placement of selected applicants into management positions at partner organizations, which include the Acton Institute, the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, the James Madison Institute, and others.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Charles Koch Institute" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Form 990" (PDF). Charles Koch Institute. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  3. ^ "How the Koch network rivals the GOP". Politico. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Charles Koch Institute – Company Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ Fisher, Daniel (29 September 2015). "Exclusive Interview: Charles Koch On How To Save America". Forbes. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Corporate Welfare". Charles Koch Institute. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Forfeiture reform aligns likes of billionaire Charles Koch, ACLU". Topeka Capital-Journal. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  8. ^ Bush, Bridget (14 July 2016). "Reform could cut prison population". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Foreign Policy". Charles Koch Institute. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  10. ^ Jilani, Zaid (18 May 2017). "Neocon-Bashers Headline Koch Event as Political Realignment on Foreign Policy Continues". The Intercept. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  11. ^ Lake, Eli (17 May 2016). "Koch Brothers Give a Megaphone to the Anti-Israel Fringe". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Partner Organizations". Charles Koch Institute. Retrieved 23 July 2016.