The Loss of a Charitable Soul

The Loss of a Charitable Soul

It was recently reported that billionaire, David Koch, one half of the ubiquitous “Koch Brothers,” died recently from complications of Prostate Cancer.

While Christian charity demands that we not pass judgment on his immortal soul. Not much is publicly available to indicate whether or not David Koch was part of the body of Christ. However, his charitable giving certainly opens a window gives a bit of insight into his character. He had a history of giving to charitable causes, not simply supporting conservative politicians and causes. 

Unlike the liberal so-called comedian Bill Maher who rejoices in Koch’s passing, saying “F*ck him… I’m glad he’s dead… I guess I’m going to have to re-evaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer.” Christians respect and pray for all life. In that spirit, Koinonia News is saddened at the loss of this charitable soul. 

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After briefly acknowledging the “harsh words” he had for Koch and predicting condemnation, Maher doubled down on his disdain for him and his brother, Charles Koch.

Maher stated: “He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers for decades. So f— him, the Amazon is burning up, I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope the end was painful.”

According to interviews with The Wall Street Journal, Koch said he had a preference of donating his money rather than “use it on buying a bigger house or a $150 million paintingOpens a New Window..”

“I really want to put my money to work making the world a better place.”

David H. Koch to the Wall Street Journal

Here is just a sampling of David Koch’s non-political charitable giving:

$185 million

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

According to Koch Industries records, the money helped fund cancer research, a childcare center, biology building and the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering.

$150 million

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

It was the largest single gift the center received. The money went to build an outpatient medical facility.

$100 million

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Koch sent the nine-figure donation to help build an ambulatory care center in his honor. Another $28 million went to other needs for the hospital.

$100 million

New York State Theater at Lincoln Center

The theatre is now known as the David H. Koch Theatre.

New York, USA – May 29, 2018: David H Koch Theater, New York City Ballet.

$66.7 million

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

This donation went to assist the center with additional research funds.

$65 million

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The New York museum had their plaza renovated with the money.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Emily K. Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, David H. Koch and Julia Koch attend the unveiling of the David H. Koch Plaza at the M

$35 million

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Koch’s money was spent renovating the museum’s dinosaur hall and $15 million went toward the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins.

Washington DC, USA – April 12, 2015: Banners hang at the entrance to the National Museum of Natural History in DC. It is considered the second most visited museum in the world.

$26.5 million

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

The donation assisted with the research of genitourinary cancers, resulting in a center bearing his name.

$26.2 million

The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York

This charitable donation served as a capital campaign along with other causes.

$20 million

American Museum of Natural History, New York

The Dinosaur Wing of the museum was named for his monetary assistance.

The entrance hall of American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York City, NY, USA
$20 million
Johns Hopkins University

The eight-figure donation sent to cancer research at a center named for Koch.

$10 million

Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center

This donation created the David H. and Julia Koch Research Program in Food Allergy Therapeutics.




Patriot is the founding editor of Koinonia News. He is also an avid blogger and vlogger, active on several platforms. Patriot is available for public speaking engagements.

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  1. So hard not to be angry at such comments. It is okay b=to be angry, but we must not judge those making the comments. So, as hard as it is, we are committed to praying for them too, and those that might listen to them.

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