Koch foundation investing in Kansas

Many readers likely were surprised by the range and extent of the charitable giving by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, as reported in the Sunday Eagle. That's because the foundation and its president, Liz Koch, tend to be quiet about their philanthropy.

But since its founding in 1953, the foundation has given out $27 million in grants and scholarships. Most of that money has gone to organizations serving Kansans, including the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and many arts and education programs.

The foundation also has done wonderful work supporting the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands preserve near Great Bend, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills and the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita.

Koch said that the foundation invests in Kansas because she and her husband, Charles Koch, love their home state. Kansas is fortunate to have a local foundation that cares about so many causes.

—For the editorial board, Phillip Brownlee