philanthropy

Remembering David Koch

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Washington Times

I would like to compare how often George Soros’ name appears on a building or a work of art as opposed to the Koch name. The fact is that George Soros and the moneyed people on the left give their money almost exclusively to politics. The Koch money covers a much wider range of human experience. That is because the Kochs and other moneyed people on the right live normal lives. Politics is only one of their interests. When I would go up to see David Koch in his Manhattan offices, we would talk about politics for a certitude but we would talk about much more than that.

Celebrating David Koch’s life and legacy

Koch Industries

For all his wealth and personal and business accomplishments, David was most proud of his dedication to helping others. He was especially committed to personally ensuring that those with a serious illness who asked for his help got the best care. It was this legacy of helping others that mattered most to David. During his interview with Barbara Walters, the accomplished businessman, engineer, and philanthropist summed up what he hoped might appear on his epitaph: “I’d like it to say that David Koch did his best to make the world a better place and that he hopes his wealth will help people long after he has passed away.”

David Koch

The Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

When David Koch died Friday at age 79, the headlines underscored that he used his great wealth to “reshape” American politics. Certainly he used his money to support causes he deemed worthy, and this included promoting liberty-loving think tanks and political groups. But the bulk of the $1.295 billion he gave away went to medicine and the arts. To describe his brother’s well-earned reputation for generosity, Charles Koch invokes Adam Smith: “to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature." The family of Mr. Koch said in a statement, “While we mourn the loss of our hero, we remember his iconic laughter, insatiable curiosity, and gentle heart.”

David Koch spent billions giving back to charity, here’s where it all went

Fox Business

He was a man with a big wallet, but also a big heart. He even referred to himself as a “sugar daddy” for charitable causes. Some of the ways the conservative philanthropist was able to change lives was dipping into his estimated $50.5 billion fortune and giving more than a billion dollars to a variety of organizations. According to his company bio, those included research arms looking into cancer cures, medical centers, educational institutions, arts and cultural centers and public policy organizations. In interviews with The Wall Street Journal, he said he had a preference of donating his money rather than “use it on buying a bigger house or a $150 million painting.”

R.I.P. David Koch

Jim Geraghty, National Review

If you use the verbal equivalent of the scary lighting used in that photo shoot of John McCain for The Atlantic in 2008, then yes, this all sounds terribly sinister. Shift the lighting a little, and all the Kochs are doing is effective activism. They have a set of values — freedom, independence, private community-based efforts and personal charity — and they’ve used their considerable fortune to set up a lot of venues to promote those values. And as I’ve written at the past three winter meetings, they put a lot of money and effort behind those charitable organizations (often irritating some of the attending political correspondents who want to write about, you know, politics).

In Memoriam: David Koch

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
All conservatives are deeply in debt to David Koch. I know very little about the depth and reach of the Koch brothers ideological activities, but what very little I do know caused me to realize it’s unprecedented in the conservative movement, and not really appreciated by most conservatives.

David Koch Was the Epitome of Going Big and Giving Generously

For more than two decades, I was privileged to know this remarkable man -- in ways similar to hundreds of other readers of these daily newsletters. If you knew him, you knew him as -- Big-hearted. Thoughtful. Kind. Intellectually inquisitive. Principled. Dedicated. Determined.

Liberal Billionaires Are Never Villains

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Liberal gozillionaires are hailed as Time's "Persons of the Year" (Bill and Melinda Gates) or get a Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Obama (Buffett). It doesn't hurt that liberal journalists can often thank these billionaires for jobs — or be grateful that their colleagues are employed by them. Buffett, Bloomberg, Zuckerberg and Bezos are all in the left-wing media business now.