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.


The Foundation donated $3 million to provide membership and training assistance to qualifying applicants, as well as support for mentor fellowships.

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Youth Entrepreneurs® 

Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) equips high school students with the entrepreneurial skills, values and vision to pursue their dreams. Since 1991, more than 30,000 students have experienced YE’s engaging hands-on curriculum, funded in part by The Foundation.

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Project IMPACT

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.

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Investments in Higher Education 

The Foundation has provided funding to support programs, centers and scholarships at institutions of higher learning across the state of Kansas.

Bill of Rights Institute & Gilder Lehrman Institute 

For more than a decade, The Foundation has supported engaging educational programming and training for students and teachers in the state of Kansas through opportunity-focused initiatives like The Bill of Rights Institute and The Gilder Lehrman Institute.

The Pando Initiative

The Pando Initiative seeks to empower students to stay in school and achieve success in life. The Foundation provided founding sponsorship for Reality U, a hands-on financial literacy program. Continued support is aiding the program’s expansion in Kansas.

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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.

Mark Arts

In honor of Mary R. Koch, the Foundation provided a lead gift and additional funding totaling $6 million in support of Mark Arts, at the Mary R. Koch Arts Center.

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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.

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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.

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Koch Cultural Trust

Through the Foundation’s support, more than $1.8 million has been awarded to enable outstanding artists in Kansas to pursue their passions.

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