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For the second time in four years, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) has exceeded its goals for the Campaign for a New Era, the foundation's first fund-raising campaign in its 51-year history to expand APF's current scholarship, research and award programs.

To celebrate the campaign's success, the foundation hosted a celebration on Aug. 19 and unveiled a wall in APA's Washington, D.C., headquarters that features the major donors' names.

The campaign's final tally of more than $7.53 million was more than double its original goal of $3.5 million set in 2000. When the foundation exceeded $3.5 million within a year, the foundation's board of trustees increased the goal to $7 million.

The increased funds will enable APF to expand its grant-giving capacity so that APF can increase its impact in a number of crucial areas, says Dorothy Cantor, PsyD, the foundation's president.

"We owe our success to the generosity of psychologists who are clearly saying, 'Now I want to give something back to benefit psychology and all it can do for human welfare,'" Cantor says.

The campaign is solidifying APF's place in the psychological community, Cantor says. For example, psychologist Nicholas Cummings, PhD, and his wife, Dorothy, are giving $270,000 for the next five years and at least $54,000 annually throughout their lives to fund the APF PSYCHE Prize, which honors psychologists working to advance integrated, collaborative practice in primary care (see sidebar, page 78).

And, the Cummings gift was just one of many that helped put the Campaign for a New Era over its goals. Below are just a few of the other gifts APF will use to expand its awards and programs.

  • Lee Gurel, PhD, a former APA Div. 18 (Public Service) president, wishes that psychology classes had been offered when he attended high school.

To ensure that tomorrow's psychologists have that opportunity, Gurel made an $80,000 gift to the foundation to advance precollege psychology teaching. The program will develop teachers' interests and skills through a series of workshops sponsored by APF and Clark University, to which he also gave $80,000.

"It's very exciting and rewarding to see the wedding of two locales that have personal significance to me," Gurel says.

  • The first professional experience psychologist Violet Franks, PhD, had was treating World War II soldiers in a mental health ward in Minnesota.

In her first days on the job, her supervisor charged her with moving the soldiers with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder out of their beds and back into their homes.

"[My supervisor told me] to get the ward's doors unlocked and get them out of there," she says.

After witnessing such mental health stigmatization firsthand throughout her career, she and her psychologist husband Cyril Franks, PhD, are eager to prevent such acts by giving a $150,000 gift to create the Violet and Cyril Franks Research Fund.

"We're painting with a broad brush," Violet says. "But in doing so we hope to give some visibility to eliminating the stigma of mental health problems."

  • The Turrell Fund gave $110,000 to the foundation to augment the Mamie P. and Kenneth B. Clark Fund, which will support research and programs that address social injustice, self-identity and the mental health needs of the disadvantaged--issues to which Kenneth Clark, PhD, and Mamie Clark, PhD, devoted their careers. The Turrell Fund's gift is in addition to donations from other psychologists who seek to create a $1 million fund to perpetuate the Clarks' pioneering work.

"APA was Kenneth Clark's professional home," says E. Belvin Williams, PhD, Turrell Fund executive director. "So having APF administering the fund is a natural fit."

The Turrell Fund made the gift to honor the 50-year anniversary of Kenneth Clark, APA's 1971 president, informing the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision.

The Turrell Fund supports organizations that help youth by administering direct services and funding research grants.

  • Frances M. Culbertson, PhD, gave APF $50,000 to enable early-career women from developing countries to attend an international or regional conference and receive APA affiliate membership for two years.

Culbertson, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has mentored international women psychologists throughout her career, including through collaborative research projects and arranging symposia programs.

  • Charles D. Spielberger, PhD, gave $100,000 in a charitable remainder trust to support APF's scholarship, research and awards programs. The gift is in addition to a $25,000 gift he made in 1994 to establish the Charles Speilberger EMPathy Symposium.

"Dr. Spielberger's recent gift is crucial to APF's ability to respond to emerging needs in the field as they develop," Cantor says. "Gifts like these ensure psychology's future."

Spielberger is a distinguished research psychology professor and director of the Center for Research in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology at the University of South Florida.

Cummings gift honors integrated, collaborative primary-care practice

Psychologist Nicholas Cummings, PhD, and his wife, Dorothy, have established a new $50,000 award, the APF PSYCHE Prize, for midcareer psychologist practitioners advancing integrated, collaborative practice in primary care.

The American Psychological Foundation will now administer the award, which was previously named the Cummings Psyche Award and was awarded by the Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation--the couple's trust to fund research, educational and demonstration projects. The original award targeted pioneering practitioners; its new incarnation targets midcareer practitioners.

The award's founders see integrative primary care as the practice wave of the future.

"Collaborative practice is a trend that is coming into the mainstream," says Nicholas Cummings, who was APA's 1979 president. "The award is meant to create a centrifugal force and show that psychologists belong in a primary-care setting."

Indeed, he envisions a near future in which psychologist practitioners are integral to primary care.

"It's a viable and productive model," he says. "A patient is far more likely to visit a psychologist if he or she is in the same office than if they are referred elsewhere."

The first APF PSYCHE Prize will be awarded at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13.

--Z. STAMBOR