How are the Koch Brothers influencing higher education?

It's all about the money. 

The Kochs and their vast network of  front groups they fund work tirelessly to undermine the issues many students today care about: environmental protection, worker’s rights, healthcare expansion, and quality public education, to name just a few.  

The Kochs have donated to hundreds of colleges and universities - 308 from their tax filings from 2005 - 2013 alone, 390 if you include schools listed on their taxes and more recent archives from their website.

But this isn't just philanthropy, we support and understand the critical role charitable donations play in higher education: there is mounting evidence to suggest that the Kochs are giving this money with strings attached. Their donations influence college research, the professors hired, and the coursework being taught, all in service of advancing their ideologies, building their reputation, and increasing their profits.

Of course, it isn’t just about the Kochs - it’s about accountability, transparency, and academic freedom. As unbelievable as it seems, multi-billionaire industrialists (through the power of their purse) are using your university to push their own philosophy, agenda, and economic interests.

But as students begin to recognize what’s happening and to fight back, we know the tide will start to turn. Collectively, you have tremendous power to uphold the principles of academic integrity over a corporate agenda. Whether you're a student or alum, you have a stake in your university and the education it provides.      

What We Do

UnKoch My Campus (UKMC) was founded by students and activists who are fighting to maintain the university as an institution of high-quality learning. In a nation-wide push for transparency, students and professors at Koch-funded schools have amassed evidence demonstrating Charles Koch’s disregard for freedom in the classroom, an arena he considers to be up for sale to the highest bidder.[1] We hope that by making these facts known, we will inspire other students to join our growing movement. 

Individual campus campaigns have begun to recognize the gravity of corporate influence and the Kochs on their campuses. We are here to provide information, guidance, and support to campus leaders and graduates who would like to get involved in this work.

[1] See references under “Charles Koch Foundation vs. Academic Freedom,” PolluterWatch,