- Assets: $213,523 (2009)
- Grants Received: $204,859 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $198,481 (2009)
The Progress Unity Fund (PUF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose stated purpose is “to help break down the barriers of divisiveness and discrimination that exist in the world, and replace them with a sense of solidarity.” These barriers, says PUF, “may be legal, social, economic, or political,” and they “may have been created along lines of class, race, gender, or ethnicity.”
PUF is closely affiliated with the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party (WWP), which is the guiding force behind Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center and the antiwar organization International ANSWER). Examination of PUF's public tax returns reveals that all of the organization's grants go to WWP and its front organizations. Moreover, PUF's three Co-Directors -- Brenda Sandburg, Keith Pavlik, and Rose Penate -- are WWP members. All three have written numerous articles for WWP’s own weekly newspaper, Workers World.
International ANSWER identifies PUF as its “fiscal sponsor.” Credit card donations to ANSWER are made through PUF, and checks intended for ANSWER’s benefit are made payable to the Progress Unity Fund. The Mission Street address listed on the San Francisco-based PUF's website is identical to that of the International Action Center’s West Coast branch office -- meaning that a nonprofit organization is sharing office space with its principal benefactor.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)