TIME magazine recently highlighted Charles Koch’s philanthropic commitment to breaking barriers holding people back from realizing their potential. Based off a Forbes piece that detailed the extent of Koch’s charitable giving, the article reports that his donations focus on supporting social entrepreneurs who are addressing poverty, reducing recidivism among formerly incarcerated individuals, bringing people together to overcome the divisiveness in the country, and supporting programs at universities that expand open inquiry and a rigorous exchange of ideas that are essential for universities to be engines of learning, science, and discovery.
The article highlights Koch’s support for the work of Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis of Florida State University, whose research has helped inform criminal justice reform. It also highlights grantees working to understand free speech in the digital age, such as the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and another project that helps bring together people of different perspectives to share their stories with, and listen to, each other.
The Charles Koch Institute, along with the Center for American Progress and a host of other organizations, is also contributing to Communities Overcoming Extremism: The After Charlottesville Project, an initiative dedicated to combating hatred and extremism in the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville in 2017.
“It’s an illustration of the power of diverse ideas coming together around shared vision,” Sarah Ruger, director of free expression at the Charles Koch Institute, told TIME.
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