What we believe
As progressives, we believe America is a land of boundless opportunity, where people can better themselves, their children, their families, and their communities through education, hard work, and the freedom to climb the ladder of economic mobility.
We believe an open and effective government can champion the common good over narrow self-interest, harness the strength of our diversity, and secure the rights and safety of its people. And we believe our nation must always be a beacon of hope and strength to the rest of the world.
Progressives are idealistic enough to believe change is possible and practical enough to make it happen.
How we work
Through dialogue with leaders, thinkers, and citizens, we explore the vital issues facing America and the world. We develop a point of view and take a stand. We then build on that and develop bold new ideas.
We shape the national debate. We share our point of view with everyone who can put our ideas into practice and effect positive change. That means online, on campus, in the media, on the shop floor, in faith communities, and in the boardroom. Our progressive partners—including the CAP Action Fund—take our ideas to Congress and statehouses.
How can I help?
To be progressive is to be active. Spread ideas to your networks. Challenge conservative misinformation with the facts. Engage with urgent issues through our numerous projects, including Generation Progress and the Enough Project. Apply to join our staff: we are always looking for bright, passionate thinkers!
Without your generous support, we cannot do this important work. Please donate. The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Donations are tax-deductible. CAP does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.