American Psychological Foundation

Why was leaving a charitable bequest to APF important to you?

I had two reasons for providing a bequest to APF. One involved my feeling that whatever good fortune I have had professionally is rooted in my decision to pursue a doctoral degree in developmental psychology. The field was then and continues to be rich in opportunity, in challenges, and in importance in relation to increasing our understanding of how and why development happens.

The other reason is that I think APA does a superb job in advancing the interests of psychological investigators and practitioners when it comes to funding, to professional support, to public policy advocacy. APF offers the opportunity to give back to the field that nourished me and to supplement the impact of the APA.

What kinds of activities will your bequest support?

The bequest that my husband and I have provided in our wills is a small one. We leave it up to APF to decide how best to use the funds when they become available.

How does one make a bequest?

To provide a bequest to APF, you need to have language in your will that names the foundation as a beneficiary in your estate — either specifying a specific amount or a residual percentage of the assets of your estate. Your legal adviser can help you understand the options from which you can choose in providing for a bequest to APF or any other entity.

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

You do not have to be wealthy to leave a bequest. Small amounts, over many donors, will add up over the years — permitting the APF to continue to support students, young investigators, particular programs and projects. Of course, larger amounts from those with significant means are welcome and will have their commensurate impact.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Straus.