American Psychological Foundation
What inspired you to make a bequest to APF?
It wasn’t any one thing. We started making donations to APF
to honor friends’ accomplishments, as well as in memory of
colleagues who had died. We do not have children — other than
our cat, whom we regard as a child — nor do either of us have
As we considered estate issues, it was just a natural
progression from our prior form of giving to a bequest. It is a
way to both acknowledge those psychologists who mentored
us and had such a profound impact on our development and
success in the profession and to support the growth and vision
of both our former and future psychology students.
What kind of research would you like to see your gift
If possible, we would like some of the funds to be used as travel
grants for students to attend APA’s Annual Convention. The
opportunity to talk to presenters at poster sessions, symposia
and in division suites not only stimulates the exchange of ideas
but also professional identity. It broadens students’ professional
views beyond the scope of their academic institution. We can’t
predict what areas of research might need funding, but we
feel strongly about the importance of personal interaction to
Why is giving back so important for psychologists?
As a dual-psychologist couple, much of our lives has revolved
around the discipline. Psychology has been our profession,
our personal identity and the source of friendships that would
not otherwise have occurred. If the profession is to be able to
continue to grow in multiple directions, today’s psychologists
need to consider how they can best support that growth. For us,
that support means both personal interaction in the profession
and a financial support for the future. We believe that giving
money to APF is the best way for us to pay it forward. n
Clinical neuropsychologists Janet Matthews and Lee Matthews
talk about why they made a bequest to APF.
f uture the
What’s your legacy?
A bequest makes a personal, powerful, lasting
impact on future generations of psychologists
that costs nothing during your lifetime. This is
an easy way to ensure the field flourishes and
critical issues are tackled. Giving is as simple as
including a single sentence in your will. For more
information on how you can ensure your legacy
in psychology, visit www.apa.org/apf/index.aspx
or contact Rachael Lipsetts at email@example.com.