Giving Opportunities

American Psychological Foundation

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

APF’s rigorous competitive grants program supports the development of psychological talent and mobilizes psychology’s resources toward those problems that need to be addressed yet would otherwise go unfunded. Giving to APF supports students and psychologists whose research, projects, and intervention programs help individuals and communities worldwide, making a difference every day.

APA Education Advocacy Trust

The APA Education Advocacy Trust (EdAT) promotes the mutual professional interests of psychologists in advancing education in psychology and psychology’s role in other areas of education through advocacy activities.

APA Practice Organization

The Practice Organization is an affiliate of APA whose mission is to promote the professional interests of practicing psychologists in all settings through a wide range of activities. As a separately incorporated 501(c)6 organization, the Practice Organization is able to advocate on behalf of the profession of psychology free of the Internal Revenue Service provisions that constrain advocacy activities of a 501(c)3 organization such as APA. The APA Practice Organization is housed administratively in the Practice Directorate.

The services and activities of the Practice Organization — including the Practice Central web site — are funded in part by monies received from the Practice Assessment of licensed APA members.

Psychology Defense Fund

The Psychology Defense Fund (PDF) provides seed money to help defray costs for legislative and legal activities that help recognize of psychology as a science and profession. PDF supports such issues as:

  • Animal research/welfare.

  • Legal, ethical and legislative projects of state associations.

  • Psychologists' rights to practice in hospital settings.

  • Litigation involving disclosure of records in cases involving school psychologists.

  • Anti-trust action which won psychologists the right to be admitted without discrimination to psychoanalytic training institutes.