Philanthropy

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Standing Up for Fundamental Liberties

Throughout Koch’s long-standing record of public advocacy, we have been strong and steadfast supporters of individual liberties and freedoms.  These values permeate all that we do as a company and every part of our public outreach.  We help fund public and school-based educational programs across the country in an effort to increase citizens’ understanding of the relationship between economic liberty and democracy.  We support voter registration efforts in the communities where we live and work, and for our tens of thousands of employees.  We support civil rights programs through numerous organizations.  We also help build entrepreneurial initiatives that foster the fundamental reality that economic freedom creates prosperity for everyone, especially the poor, in our society.

For many years, we have directly contributed to Urban League affiliates, Andrew Young Foundation, Martin Luther King Center, Latin American Association, 100 Black Men, Morehouse College, United Negro College Fund, and dozens of other worthy organizations pursuing similar civic missions. We founded and continue to support Youth Entrepreneurs in schools throughout Kansas, Missouri and Atlanta. This year-long course teaches high school students from all walks of life the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to help them prosper and become contributing members of society.

Many of the attacks against Koch in recent months are cynical posturing at best and deliberate falsehoods divorced from reality at worst. For proof, look no further than the false claim from groups like SEIU that we are somehow trying to suppress the right to vote.

Our freedom as individual Americans relies on the ability to hold the government accountable through the direct exercise of voting rights and the exercise of other individual liberties.  We are unwavering in our commitment to these rights and we stand firmly behind our track record in defending them.

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Friday, October 28th, 2011

Responding to Common Cause

Bob Edgar of the left-leaning activist organization Common Cause and Aaron Dorfman of the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) make a strange argument against the Philanthropy Roundtable’s recognition of Charles Koch, according to a press release the two issued this week.  They claim that Koch’s giving supports the interests of private enterprise and should instead be directed to activities Edgar and Dorfmann identify as “the public good.”

For decades, Charles and David Koch have supported the principles that help societies prosper.  The point that seems lost on Mr. Edgar is that all Americans benefit when the burden of excessive government control over their lives is lifted.  This simple and easily observable economic principle also applies to the world as a whole and it explains why no factor has lifted more people out of poverty than free market economics.  
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