We break barriers that stand in the way of people realizing their potential. This moves our society toward one of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping others improve their lives. 

People are not problems to be solved. History demonstrates that people are capable of extraordinary things when they have the freedom and opportunity to learn, contribute, and succeed.

Empowered people remove the barriers that prevent them and other Americans from realizing their unique potential. We support them by inspiring a new generation of social entrepreneurs working across the key institutions of society — in education, in communities, in business, and in government — through our educational programs, supporting applied research to turn ideas into practical solutions, and investing in projects that help social entrepreneurs to develop and demonstrate new and better ways to address the issues we face as a country.

Our Guiding Values

  • Equal Rights
    A system of equal rights — articulated in the Declaration of Independence — requires respect for the dignity of all people and equality under the law.
  • Mutual Benefit
    When the values and laws of society respect the dignity of individuals and uphold their rights, people succeed by creating value for others, motivating them to assist rather than harm one another.
  • Openness
    Equal rights and mutual benefit foster openness by allowing the free movement of ideas, resources, and people that generate knowledge, innovation, and opportunity, fueling progress throughout society.
  • Self-Actualization
    For such a society to exist, its key institutions — education, communities, business, government — remove rather than erect barriers to people realizing their potential and finding fulfillment. As more people have the opportunity to use their unique talents to succeed by helping others improve their lives, society flourishes.

About Charles Koch

Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held American companies. An influential philanthropist for more than 50 years, he supports education, a community of organizations addressing persistent poverty, and public policy research focused on developing effective solutions to societal problems. He has founded numerous nonprofit organizations, including Stand Together. He holds two master’s degrees in nuclear and chemical engineering from MIT and lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife, Liz. A New York Times bestselling author, his most recent book is Believe in People: Bottom-up Solutions for a Top-down World.

About Stand Together

The Charles Koch Institute is a member of the Stand Together community. Stand Together empowers people dedicated to helping others improve their lives, believing that we can all make a greater difference uniting together than by acting on our own.

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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