Prometheus Foundation’s Mission and People

Our Mission:
Promote Ayn Rand and Advance Objectivism

Prometheus Foundation is an independent, nonprofit enterprise whose mission is to advance Ayn Rand and her philosophy, Objectivism. We achieve this mission by finding and funding organizations and individuals who have good ideas, work smart, follow through, and get things done.

Carl Barney:
Founder and Donor

Carl Barney founded Prometheus Foundation to advance the philosophy that has helped him become successful, so that other people can discover and benefit from it, too.

He discovered Ayn Rand in 1980 and has used Objectivism to guide his life and business ventures ever since.

Carl created his wealth by developing a network of private colleges, including twenty on-ground campuses. Subsequently, he created Independence University, an online university offering Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees in healthcare, computer science, graphic arts, and business and accounting. The colleges are now owned and operated by the nonprofit Center for Excellence in Higher Education.

For more information on why Carl created Prometheus Foundation, read his Founder/Donor’s Intent.

Carl has served on various boards, including the Ayn Rand Institute and the Cato Institute, and he currently serves on the board of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. For more information and to read Carl’s personal writings, visit

Our Staff

Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle

Executive Director

Craig Biddle is executive director of Prometheus Foundation and editor in chief of The Objective Standard. He is the author of several books, including 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

Annie Vinther Sanz

Director of Operations

Annie Vinther Sanz is director of operations at Prometheus Foundation. Prior to joining Prometheus, she worked for more than two decades in international trade, specializing in commodity frame contracts. Subsequently, she worked with the Ayn Rand Institute to launch ARI Europe, and helped to advance awareness of Objectivism and the study of Rand’s ideas in forty-four European countries. Annie speaks six languages fluently.

Prometheus Foundation Programs

Objectivist Venture Fund

The Objectivist Venture Fund (OVF) underwrites organizations and individuals who present strong business plans and proofs of concept for ventures that will promote Ayn Rand’s ideas in substantial ways. Such ventures have included new Ayn Rand centers, book clubs, schools, meet-up groups, seminars, centers of learning, projects within activist organizations, and programs within universities.

Scholarships Program

The Scholarship Program funds talented, up-and-coming scholars who seek to promote Objectivism as a significant part of their career. Objectivists of any age may apply for funds to finance their formal education. Recipients must demonstrate substantial understanding of Objectivism and the ability and intention to promote it.

Productiveness Program

The Productiveness Program provides financial support to accomplished Objectivist intellectuals to help them focus their efforts on high-leverage intellectual work. Productiveness grants can be awarded to help an intellectual write a book, hire an editor, develop courses, hire an assistant, or delegate projects or tasks.

Do You Have Ideas for Advancing Objectivism?

If so, and if you are the kind of person who follows through and gets things done, Prometheus Foundation wants to hear from you. Learn more or apply for funding by following the links below. If you have questions, visit our FAQ. And if you have questions that are not answered on our website, feel free to contact us.