Clinical psychologist Barbara Golden, PhD, opened a new door for the American Psychological Foundation (APF) in March when she hosted the first-ever public fund-raiser for APF and raised $30,000 for psychology research.
Until now, most of the foundation's development efforts have been geared toward psychologists and their vendors. But Golden, a longtime philanthropist from Palm Beach Garden, Fla., believes that nonpsychologists such as lawyers, philanthropists and members of the business community are equally interested in helping to fund psychological research---a notion that proved to be exactly right, says APF President Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD.
"The public relates to psychology, particularly when the myriad ways in which psychology affects their lives is brought into focus for them," says Cantor. "All of their lives are touched by the work that we do, and tapping into that personal connection is likely to inspire them to pull out their checkbooks and contribute to APF."
More than 100 people--most of them not psychologists--attended the event, a Caribbean-theme cocktail party held in Golden's Palm Beach home with live music by the Miami Steel Band. To educate guests about psychology's value, Cantor highlighted some of the research areas APF funds--child development, gifted children, gay, lesbian and bisexual health, and serious mental illness--and provided an overview of the work of the APF/APA Task Force on Promoting Resilience to Terrorism.
"The audience was clearly moved by the stories of the foundation's successes in providing programs, research and grants that benefit the public in diverse and meaningful ways," says Golden.
Golden, who is semiretired, is a member of APF's Campaign Cabinet-- a group of psychologists who are leading the Campaign for a New Era fund-raising efforts--and has been an APF donor since 1999.
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