During APA's 2003 Annual Convention in Toronto, more than 250 APF donors, grant and award recipients, and psychology leaders celebrated the 50th anniversary of the American Psychological Foundation (APF), at an event hosted by APF President Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD--APA's 1996 president--and the APF Board of Trustees.

To kick off the event--which included dinner and dancing--APF officials screened the video, "Celebrating the Past; Visions for the Future," which features a short history of the foundation and testimonials from APF donors and scholarship and grant winners on how the foundation has influenced their career. Afterward, Cantor spoke on how APF has grown and flourished through its history: APF started with a net worth of $500 in 1953--an amount that has swelled to almost $10 million fifty years later, she noted. What's more, the foundation's first fund-raising campaign--the Campaign for a New Era--began in 2000 with a $3 million goal that trustees have since raised to $7 million. To date, APF has raised $6.3 million through the campaign, with a year to go to reach the goal.

Fueling that growth, Cantor explained, have been especially large endowments from Esther Katz Rosen, PhD, in 1974, and Werner J. Koppitz, PhD, in 1999, and other major donors (see Hats off to APF donors); the hiring of an executive director in 1991; the dedication of the APF trustees; and the establishment of an active fund-raising cabinet through APF's Campaign for a New Era.

The celebration was made possible through financial support from Trammel Crow Company, Bank of America, APA's Insurance Trust, DDD Co. and Springer Publishing Co.

--COMPILED BY APF STAFF