Prometheus Foundation's Mission, Founder, and Donor

Prometheus Foundation (PF) is an independent, non-profit enterprise whose mission is to actively promote Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Carl Barney, a long-time advocate of Objectivist ideas, is the originator and sole funding source for Prometheus.

Our Mission: Promote Ayn Rand and Advance Objectivism

We achieve this mission by getting funds in the hands of those best equipped to promote these ideas.

Prometheus Foundation (PF) is an independent, non-profit enterprise whose mission is to actively promote Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. To this end, PF seeks and funds proposals from individual Objectivists as well as from for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Prometheus Foundation operates with two funds: The Objectivist Venture Fund (OVF) and the New Intellectual Fund (NIF). Carl Barney, a long-time advocate of Objectivist ideas, is the originator and sole funding source for Prometheus.

OVF was first announced at the Ayn Rand Institute’s 2014 Objectivist Summer Conference, and inaugurated shortly thereafter. It underwrites innovative projects whose aim is to spread Ayn Rand’s ideas with maximum impact.

Carl Barney: Founder and Donor

The originator and sole funding source for Prometheus Foundation is Carl Barney, a long-time advocate of Objectivist ideas.

He originally discovered Ayn Rand in 1980 and has used Objectivism to guide his life and achieve success ever since.

Carl amassed his wealth through his creation of a network of private colleges. Over his career he built 20 campuses and an online University. Those colleges are now owned and operated by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, where Carl is currently Chairman Emeritus.

Over the years, Carl has served on many boards, including the Ayn Rand Institute, the Cato Institute, and the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.

For more information and to read Carl’s personal writings, visit CarlBarney.com.

Our Staff

Craig Biddle

Executive Director

Craig Biddle is executive director of Prometheus Foundation, editor in chief of The Objective Standard, and director of education with Objective Standard Institute. His books include Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. His book in progress is “Thinking in Principles.”

Annie Vinther Sanz

Director of Operations

Annie Vinther Sanz is director of operations at Prometheus Foundation, worked for more than two decades in international trade, specializing in commodity frame contracts, before she joined Ayn Rand Institute to launch ARI Europe, and helped to grow the Objectivist movement in 44 European countries. She has managed outsourcing projects around the world and speaks six languages fluently.

PF Funding Programs

Prometheus Foundation operates with two funds: The Objectivist Venture Fund and the New Intellectual Fund (NIF). NIF comprises two programs: The Scholarship Program and the Productiveness Program. Here’s what you need to know about each.

Objectivist
Venture Fund

Under the Objectivist Venture Fund (OVF), we underwrite individuals and organizations with plans to positively impact the culture by promoting Ayn Rand’s ideas. In the past, successful OVF projects have included courses, book clubs, public meetings, books, and other publications that increase awareness and improve understanding of Ayn Rand.

Scholarships
Program

Under the Scholarships Program of the New Intellectuals Fund, serious Objectivists of all ages may apply for funds to finance their formal education. Applicants must demonstrate both the ability and intention to promote Objectivism, either as professional intellectuals or as well-educated professionals.

Productiveness
Program

Under the Productiveness Program of the New Intellectuals Fund, we provide financial support to professional Objectivist intellectuals who need time to complete a course, write a book or finish some other worthwhile assignment.