About Us

About Us

Charles Koch Institute

Who we are

For more than five decades, Charles Koch’s philanthropy has inspired bold new ideas to improve American lives. Inspired by a recognition that free people are capable of extraordinary things, the Charles Koch Institute supports educational programs and dialogue to advance these principles, challenge convention, and eliminate barriers that stifle creativity and progress.


What we do

We offer educational programs, paid internships, and job placement assistance to students and professionals, and encourage civil discussion about important issues like free speech, foreign policy, and criminal justice reform. In all of our programs, we are dedicated to identifying new perspectives and ideas that help people accomplish great things for themselves and others.

The Charles Koch Institute at a Glance

  • 2011

    Year Founded

  • 150+

    Non-Profit Partners

  • 3,000+

    Educational Program Alumni

Our Guiding Principles

Our MBM® Guiding Principles articulate our rules of just conduct along with our shared values and beliefs. Every one of us must internalize these core values and exemplify them in all we do.

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Conduct all affairs with integrity, for which courage is the foundation. Honor donor intent.


Strive for 10,000% compliance with all laws and regulations, which requires 100% of employees fully complying 100% of the time. Stop, think, and ask.

Value Creation

Contribute to societal well-being by advancing the ideas, values, policies, and practices of free societies. Understand, develop, and apply Market-Based Management® to achieve superior results by making better decisions, eliminating waste, optimizing, and innovating.

Principled Entrepreneurship™

Apply the judgment, responsibility, initiative, economic and critical thinking skills, and sense of urgency necessary to generate the greatest contribution, consistent with the organization’s risk philosophy.

Customer Focus

Discover, collaborate, and partner with those who can most effectively advance free societies.


Seek and use the best knowledge and proactively share your knowledge while embracing a challenge process. Develop measures that lead to more effective action.


Anticipate and embrace change. Envision what could be, challenge the status quo, and drive creative destruction through experimental discovery.


Exemplify humility and intellectual honesty. Constantly seek to understand and constructively deal with reality to create value and achieve personal improvement. Hold yourself and others accountable.


Treat others with honesty, dignity, respect, and sensitivity. Appreciate the value of diversity, including, but not limited to, diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and ideas. Encourage and practice teamwork.


Find fulfillment and meaning in your work by fully developing your capabilities to produce results that create the greatest value.

The Philosophies Behind What We Do

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Framework for a Free and Open Society™

What drives long-term human flourishing? What characteristics of a society give individuals—especially those least fortunate among us—the best opportunities to improve their lives? At the Charles Koch Foundation, these questions motivate our mission.

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Market-Based Management®

Market-Based Management (MBM®) enables organizations to succeed in the long term by applying the principles that allow free societies to prosper.

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The Institute is an educational organization described in sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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