APF: The community foundation for psychology

APF allows organizations to focus 100 percent of their efforts on funding their innovative work without dealing with the administrative aspects of accounting and tax law

Many psychological organizations, including APA Divisions, have chosen to advance their goals through a fund at the American Psychological Foundation (APF). The Divisions are able to leverage APF’s almost 60 years of grantmaking and investment expertise to help them make a difference.

APF provides a philanthropic infrastructure that allows organizations to focus 100 percent of their efforts on funding their innovative work without dealing with the administrative aspects of accounting and tax law. Organizations are better able to give back to psychology and make an impact. Dr. Lynn Rapin, 2011 Treasurer of Division 49 stated, “Like many Divisions, our membership is older and we wanted to leave a legacy for training and mentoring and continued development of the specialty area. We also wanted to model to our members that giving back to the membership and the Division is important.”

Working with donors to support the work of APA Divisions and other psychological organizations is a driving force behind APF’s ability to support talented students and scholars who work to develop solutions to pressing social issues.

Division 49 — the Society of Group Psychology and Group Therapy

The Division 49 Fund will support research and scholarly works, clinical practice, supervision, mentoring and service activities that further the progress of group psychology and group psychotherapy.

Division 42 — the Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice

The Division 42: Psychologists for Independent Practice Next Generation Fund will support psychology students and early-career practitioners, while expanding the general knowledge base of independent practice.

Division 39 — Psychoanalysis

The Division 39 Fund will support efforts to increase public awareness of the benefits of psychoanalytic principles and treatments, and to aid the development of early career professionals, students from diverse backgrounds and therapists working with underserved populations.

Division 17 — the Society for Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology Fund began in 1998 and sponsors activities aimed at enhancing the science and practice of counseling psychology, including basic and applied research and literary, and educational activities.

Division 29 — Psychotherapy

The Division 29 Early Career Award recognizes promising professional achievement related to psychotherapy theory, practice, research or training by a Division 29 psychologist.

Division 37 — Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice

The Division 37 Fund supports the $2,000 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award for a talented young psychologist making contributions to informing, advocating for and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families, particularly through policy.

The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)

The International Psychology Development Fund supports activities to further the development of psychological science and psychological scientists in low-income, transitional and developing countries.

National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS)

The NMCS Fund supports the long-term sustainability of the biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS).

The Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

The Dorothy W. Cantor The Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund aims to provide a source of ongoing support for the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (APA LIWP). The Fund seeks to further the mission of the APA LIWP to prepare, support and empower female psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional, organizational and practice settings as well as in APA and State, Provincial and Territorial Associations (SPT A) governance, and to increase the diversity, number and effectiveness of female psychologists as leaders.

To learn more about starting a fund for your Division or organization, contact Kim Palmer Rowsome, Senior Development Officer.