We believe every person is capable of achieving extraordinary things. The Koch Family Foundation (formerly the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation) is committed to supporting individuals as they discover, develop, and apply their innate gifts, enabling them to transform the lives of themselves and those in their communities. Since its founding, the Koch Family Foundation has contributed more than $60 million in support of arts and education-based initiatives, including thousands of scholarships.
This foundation was created with a singular mission: to foster arts and education in Kansas. And like many cherished family traditions, that commitment to lifelong learning has passed on from generation to generation.
It all began with Fred and Mary Koch, who made Wichita their home in 1932. They not only valued the importance of education, they made a point of supporting the fine arts as well. Mary’s creativity and generous contributions to the arts, in particular, are still making a difference in our creative community. The Koch Family Foundation continues its tradition of providing generous resources to inspire individuals to grow and share their talents with Kansas and the rest of the world.
Today, Fred and Mary’s legacy empowers new generations to make their own lasting contributions to society. Their son, Charles, has long devoted his philanthropic work to breaking down barriers to opportunity, while his wife, Liz, has unleashed potential throughout the state of Kansas – and beyond – through her support of arts and education.
Charles and Liz have two children, Chase and Elizabeth, who are already at work continuing this important legacy for people around the world.