Two foundations renew
their support of APF
The John and Polly Sparks Foundation
and the Holland Foundation have
renewed their support of vital APF
The John and Polly Sparks
Foundation gave APF $60,000 to
continue the John and Polly Sparks Early
Career Grant. The John and Polly Sparks
Foundation partnered with APF in 2012
to foster early career psychologists’ work
in early intervention and treatment
of serious emotional disturbance in
children. APF has been making grants
since 2013 and will continue to provide
them through 2019 thanks to this new
In addition, the APF Sparks Grants
have launched the work of early career
psychologists who have gone on to
secure federal funding, particularly in
the area of screening young low-income
children for emotional problems.
The partnership between the Sparks
Foundation and APF has the potential
to provide models for broad-based
applications across the country.
The Holland Foundation made a
$25,000 gift to the Dr. W. Bruce and
Jane Walsh Fund in memory of Dr.
John L. Holland. Now in its second
year, APF’s Bruce and Jane Walsh
Grant supports scientific, scholarly or
applied research and/or educational
activities investigating how personality,
culture and environment influence
work behavior and health (mental and
With the support of these two
Arya Ansari receives Annette Urso
foundations APF continues to expand
its grant-making capacity, increasing
the support available for young
psychologists and graduate students
working on critical issues.
Rickel Foundation Dissertation
Award for Public Policy
APF has given its 2015 $1,000 APF
Annette Urso Rickel Foundation
Dissertation Award for Public Policy to
Arya Ansari of the University of Texas
Ansari will use the scholarship
to conduct his dissertation research
on understanding the factors that
support, or serve as barriers to, Latino
families’ participation in organized
early childhood education. His
research is focused on understanding
how contextual factors influence the
early academic and socio-emotional
development of children from
disadvantaged backgrounds. His aim is
to use this research to inform policies
and intervention programs.
The Rickel Award supports
dissertation research on public policy,
which has the potential to improve
services for children and families facing
psychosocial issues and contributing to
the adoption of sound policy affecting
children, youth and families. This
scholarship was made possible by a
generous gift from Dr. Annette Urso
Rickel, a distinguished psychologist
who has been noted for her significant
contributions to public policy, health
care reform and education.
For more information about the
Annette Urso Rickel Foundation
Dissertation Award for Public Policy,
please visit www.apa.org/apf/funding/
American Psychological Foundation
Tax-free retirement gifts:
What you need to know
A new law allows individuals 70½ or older to transfer monies from
individual retirement accounts (IRA) to charitable organizations
without having to pay tax on the distribution.
To qualify for this law:
• You must be 70½ or older.
• You can transfer up to $100,000 to one or more charities per
• You will not need to pay income taxes on the withdrawal that
is a gift.
• Your gift can satisfy the required minimum distribution for the
• You need to make sure that the gift amount is distributed
directly from your IRA to your charity.
This law will help planning for many donors who find they
would like to donate their required minimum distributions.
For more information on how to make a charitable gift using your
IRA, please contact your IRA administrator, your tax advisor, or APF’s
Senior Development Officer Rachael Lipsetts at (202) 336-5622.