Since its founding in 1972 George Mason University has been known for providing an education based in conservative and libertarian values, which are now being shown through the continued support of the educational institution by donors including Charles Koch. The Republican leaning donor has been providing tens of millions of dollars for the university for decades that makes the college the top educational institution donated to by Koch; other educational institutions have recently been given donation not exceeding $1 million by Charles Koch.
Charles Koch has become a major player in the world of politics and philanthropy in recent years; alongside his brother David the elder Koch brother has pushed their Koch Industries business to new levels of success around the world. Despite their success the need to give something back to the community has always been high on the list of requirements for Charles Koch. The political giving of Koch has risen to high levels, but generally comes second to his need to provide support for philanthropic causes that are largely based in educational programs.
The level of giving to George Mason University has reach staggering levels with 2014 reported to show gifts totaling over $16 million from Charles Koch to the college. Despite his continued support that recently saw Charles Koch provide a $10 million donation to the law school at George Mason the well known conservative states the gifts are provided without any stipulations on use or direction from the head of Koch Industries. One of the main reasons Koch has become such an avid supporter of the work of George Mason University is the shared libertarian and conservative beliefs between donor and institution, which has resulted in the growth of a respected free market think tank based at George Mason University.