The purpose of the fund is to financially support worthy projects that will advance Objectivism and Ayn Rand. The Objectivist Venture Fund was conceived by and receives all of its support from Carl Barney. Mr. Barney first announced the creation of the Objectivist Venture Fund at the annual Objectivist conference, July 2014, at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The OVF makes grants subject to a zero overhead policy.
During her own lifetime, Rand became a famous and controversial figure. A best-selling author, she carried her message to university classrooms, to Hollywood, to Congress, to the editorial pages, to talk shows and radio programs. Her presence has only increased since her death in 1982, as her philosophy has become more well-known. Today, her books have sold in the millions, and she is the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a U.S. postage stamp, university courses and a philosophical society devoted to the study of her thought.
Fueled by her vision of man as a heroic being and by the original philosophy behind it called Objectivism, more and more people, from all walks of life, from businessmen to students to professors to athletes to artists, are saying the same thing: “Ayn Rand’s writings changed my life.”
For a more in-depth study of Ayn Rand and her philosophy, Objectivism, please visit the website of the Ayn Rand Institute at aynrand.org.
Carl Barney is the chairman of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, (CEHE), which comprises a group of twenty locations — Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego and Independence University. The colleges serve almost 10,000 students. The colleges offer associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees primarily in health care fields such as Respiratory Therapy and Nursing. California College San Diego and Independence University have the largest Respiratory Therapy programs in the world. The colleges also offer programs in Business, Accounting, Graphic Arts and Information Technology.
Carl was born and raised in post – World War II England when the country was devastated physically, economically and emotionally and swinging politically from Socialism to semi-freedom and back to Socialism. In 1959, he traveled across Europe, Asia and India; in 1960, he arrived in Australia where he spent five years before coming to America. After his travels and experiences in many different countries and cultures, he says he is able to appreciate America as a country of hope and opportunity.
When Carl arrived in America, he had about $100, just enough to purchase a Greyhound bus ticket from Miami to Clinton, Tennessee, where his sister lived. Given the freedom and opportunities available in America, he has been able to move up significantly from this meager financial position to live what he views as an amazing American Dream.
For over thirty years, Carl has studied and applied philosophy to his business pursuits. He describes his leadership style as philosophy-based management. He admires Aristotle and, in particular, Ayn Rand and the philosophy of Objectivism, which he views as the “philosophy of success and for successful people.”
For many years, Carl has supported organizations that advance the same ideas that led to the founding of America and supported organizations that educate students in the rational philosophy that helps people experience the enlightenment he has experienced. He wants to help change the culture through philosophy, in the same way that philosophy has changed his own life.
Carl serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, the LePort Schools, and Business Education Research Associates (BERA).