Charles Koch Foundation to Help Foster New Learning Models
February 14, 2022 – Education

Charles Koch Foundation to Help Foster New Learning Models


Every learner should have the opportunity to discover, develop, and apply their unique aptitudes and gifts so they can pursue careers that provide fulfillment and purpose. Millions of learners lack access to these types of opportunities, which is why it is critical to support transformative solutions in post-secondary education that disrupt the status quo and provide career-connected learning. 

Launched on January 25, The Catalyze Challenge will bring together leading philanthropies and nonprofits to support a grant challenge that will generate new models focused on empowering learners to discover their aptitudes and develop new skills toward a more fulfilling career pathway. Consistent with its efforts to remove barriers facing learners across the country, the Charles Koch Foundation is proud to partner with the Catalyze Challenge. Brennan Brown, the foundation’s director of partnership development, will serve as an adviser. 

The Catalyze Challenge will provide funding for education entrepreneurs to develop and scale learner-centric, career-connected models and experiences. The contest is managed by Common Group. Funders include the Walton Family Foundation, the American Student Assistance, the Charter School Growth Fund, and Arnold Ventures. 

“As a former educator, it’s exciting to see what happens when you believe in learners and equip them with the tools and resources they need to discover who they are and where they want to go,” said Brown. “I’m inspired by social entrepreneurs developing transformative solutions that help learners find their purpose and push the boundaries of their potential.”

Applications for the Catalyze Challenge opened on January 25. Have an idea that that will young people discover their purpose and pursue lifelong fulfillment through career-connected learning? Learn more