Why was leaving a charitable bequest to the American Psychological Foundation (APF) important to you?

My mother died recently and I wanted to do something to remember and honor both her and my father in some lasting way. Naming my bequest the Betty and John Forrest Fund allowed me to honor them. Their commitment to their children's education meant many sacrifices for them. Although neither of my parents had much of an understanding of what it meant to get a PhD in psychology or what my work involved as a psychologist, I think they both would be pleased to know that their names will live on through my bequest. So, part of why I made this gift to APF has personal meaning for me and my family.

A second reason I gifted to APF is because psychology has been so good to me — I feel very fortunate to have chosen psychology as a career, especially counseling psychology. To have spent my entire career as a faculty member in counseling psychology programs and being active in Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and APA governance has deeply enriched many parts of my life. Psychology has allowed me to do meaningful and rewarding work with wonderfully talented colleagues, many of whom have become cherished, lifelong friends.

What kinds of activities will your bequest support?

Currently, I work in the Center on Diversity and Community at the University of Oregon. The center's mission is to advance inclusive excellence through critical thinking and an ethic of care. Our staff comprises a diverse team of research faculty, graduate students and professionals with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, education, communication and theater arts with expertise in multicultural organization development, mediation/conflict resolution and curriculum development. We are united in our desire to create more inclusive educational environments and in our commitment to engage on the front lines with students and faculty as well as academic units striving to become more multicultural.

The Betty and John Forrest Fund has been established to provide support for similar work in educational settings, kindergarten through graduate school. The fund will support research-based intervention projects or programs that will enable faculty and administrators to address and improve their handling of conflicts based on group identities that occur in educational environments.

What else might you want to tell psychologists about the APF bequest program?

I was surprised to learn that few psychologists have chosen to leave a legacy gift to APF. If I count correctly, there are 47 of us, yet there are so many more who could.

Leaving a bequest to APF is a simple process and requires just a few sentences in your will or trust. Besides being a way of giving back to psychology, an APF bequest also provides you with the opportunity to support future psychologists who will continue the work you care about and believe is important. A legacy gift is a way of saying thank you to psychology.

For more information on APF bequests, contact APF Senior Development Officer Kimberly Palmer Rowsome at (202) 336-5622.