The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation supports artistic endeavors and education ventures in Kansas that stimulate interest in both the performing and visual arts. The Foundation strives to increase accessibility for those of all ages to participate, appreciate and understand the arts – enhancing innovation, creativity and the quality of life for all Kansans. Scroll down to see a few examples.
Wichita Center for the Arts
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Wichita Center for the Arts, the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation provided the lead gift of $90,000 to create the Koch Family Sculpture Garden.
Music Theatre Wichita
The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation is proud to help provide funds for summer performances and shows, as well as interns who work in all areas, from acting to costumes to props.
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
The Foundation has helped bring symphony performances to Wichita since 1955 by sponsoring individual performances, underwriting a Youth Symphony conductor position, and special performances and guest artists. The Foundation has also underwritten the Young People’s Concerts.
Griots Storytelling Institute
The Foundation has helped support technology and educational programs for the Summer Cultural Arts Youth Camp, which is a week-long creative experience for youth ages 6 to 16.
Youth Development Programs & Education
The Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations in an effort to foster economic and social progress in Kansas by advancing a culture of individual freedom, responsibility and Principled Entrepreneurship™. Through quality youth development programs and education, it strives to empower new generations to make their own lasting contributions to society. Scholarships are also provided to qualified students with strong academic records and demonstrated leadership ability. Scroll down to see a few examples.
YMCA Job Prep
The Greater Wichita YMCA’s Job Prep Program is a 12-week training program for area teens. Through the program, teens develop professionalism, responsibility, and interviewing skills. Job Prep graduates go on to obtain their first job. The foundation is proud to have provided seed funding and continued support.
Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) provides high school students valuable business and entrepreneurial education, and life-changing experiences to help them succeed in business and in life. Since 1991, more than 12,000 high school students have graduated from YE programs, funded in part by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.
Project IMPACT focuses on recruitment, retention and scholarships for multicultural and first-generation college students. Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation have provided funding for Project IMPACT since 2007 to support qualified students as they pursue their academic goals at Kansas State University.
Koch Center for Leadership & Ethics
The Koch Center for Leadership & Ethics is a part of the School of Business at Emporia State University. The center seeks to explore the impact of principled entrepreneurship in a free society and to apply market principles to management.
Bill of Rights Institute
The Bill of Rights Institute develops educational programs that engage students and teachers with America’s founding documents and principles, promoting the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers. The Fred & Mary Koch Foundation is pleased to support the Institute’s programs in Kansas.
Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools (CIS) seeks to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life. The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation provided founding sponsorship for Reality U, a hands-on financial literacy program. Today the Foundation continues to support CIS economic education programs at 24 Wichita area schools.