The Division 16 Legacy Fund
Background: Membership in Division 16 has declined over the years while some aspects of operations have continued to increase. The costs of promoting the mission statement and activities of the Division of School Psychology have also increased. At the same time, the NIH, NIMH, and other Federal agencies looking at child mental health continue to designate children as one of the top ten most underserved populations in our country. School psychology, which is truly the lifeline of public mental health for children and adolescents, has seen reductions in funding in constant dollars over the last decade, despite population growth in numbers and in need.
Solution: To ensure the survival of the APA Division of School Psychology, and its ability to advocate for children and for mental health and integrated services in the nations’ schools, the Division Executive Committee (EC) has created a capital endowment Legacy fund.
Leadership: The EC also voted to establish a committee — the Committee on Professional and Corporate Sponsorship of School Psychology (CPCSSP) — to develop funds for use by the Division EC. Division past-president Cecil Reynolds, Ph.D. chairs the CPCSSP; commonly known as the Legacy Committee.
Stewardship: The inaugural members of the Legacy Committee have donated at least $2,500 and serve in an advisory role (5-year term) with the goal of developing potential sources of funding opportunities. For example, Legacy Committee members are working to develop corporate giving and other charitable opportunities to support the Division. Some Legacy member profile pages can be found at: https://apadivision16.org/committee-on-professional-and-corporate-sponsorship-of-school-psychology/ – at present the Legacy Committee has over $40,000 in collected and pledged contributions.
Goal: At its midwinter meeting in January, the Division EC voted to initiate the 100 at 100 campaign. Specifically, the goal is for 100% of our members to donate $100 by the Division’s 75th anniversary in 2020. These monies will go to support the mission of the Division and things like the capital endowment as a permanent funding source for school psychology—and is only $8.50 per month for one year from each supporter. If we can make it to a $100.00 contribution from 100% of membership, the Division will have a viable permanent Legacy Fund to carry the mission of the Division into the future.
Division 16 supporters can make direct donations year-round at https://www.apa.org/division- donation/index.aspx! Checks should be made out to Division 16 and mailed to APA Division Services/750 First Street NE/Washington, DC 20002. Tammy L. Hughes, Ph.D., ABPP serves as the Division liaison to the Legacy Committee, she can be contacted at HughesT@duq.edu.
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