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About the Center for American Progress Action Fund

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Our mission

The Center for American Progress Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute and advocacy organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

Our values

As progressives, we believe America should be a land of boundless opportunity, where people can climb the ladder of economic mobility. We believe we owe it to future generations to protect the planet and promote peace and shared global prosperity. And we believe an effective government can earn the trust of the American people, champion the common good over narrow self-interest, and harness the strength of our diversity.

Our approach

We develop new policy ideas, challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shape the national debate. With policy teams in major issue areas, the Center for American Progress Action Fund can think creatively at the cross-section of traditional boundaries to develop ideas for policymakers that lead to real change. By employing an extensive communications and outreach effort that we adapt to a rapidly changing media landscape, we move our ideas aggressively in the national policy debate.

How can I help?


Educate yourself on the issues and help inform the national debate. Visit our sister organization, the Center for American Progress, for the latest progressive thinking on civil liberties, economic policy, and national security issues, as well as listings for our compelling series of public events. To stay informed, read our award-winning blog, ThinkProgress.


To be progressive is to be active. Get involved in campus or state and local issues shaping our collective future with the help of our online resources: do research; download policy papers; print talking points; make a difference. We also invite you to join our staff: We are always looking for bright, passionate thinkers.


Without your generous support, we cannot do this important work. Visit our donate page to make a contribution. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue code. Donations are not tax deductible and may be disclosed to the IRS.