The foundation’s model stands out in the burgeoning big-ticket philanthropy landscape. Aaron Dorfman of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy said he knows of no other program like Koch’s intensive six-month training designed to coach nonprofit leaders on business principles.
But as president of the philanthropy watchdog group, Dorfman remains skeptical of Koch’s intentions. He said supporting private organizations that claim superiority over the way government functions is an affront to the nation’s system of taxation and spending. Dorfman, a former community organizer, also is a longtime critic of the Kochs’ other tax-exempted advocacy work for advancing their business and political agendas.