Dr. Antonio E. Puente
says his gift “reflects my
lifelong duty and vision to
American Psychological Foundation
What has psychology meant to you?
Psychology has been the primary source
of asking and answering questions at
the core of who I am. I was born into
privilege and I subsequently experienced
significant challenges as a political
immigrant, ranging from not knowing
English to not having sufficient food.
Those challenges led me to questions
about adaptability and the role of the
brain in addressing this process. These
questions have become the foundation
of my research, my clinical work and my
interactions with mentors, colleagues
Why do you feel that giving back is
I have been fortunate in my personal
and professional lives. Acknowledging
that success can best be accomplished
by paying it forward.
Further, setting the foundation for
those that come after us—including
two of my children who are psychologists—will ensure the viability and value
of psychology. I can think of no better
science and profession to understand
and manage the complexities and riddles
of life. ■
Incoming President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has made APF a beneficiary of his life insurance policy as a way to benefit
the next generation of psychologists.
Puente chose one of the most popular
ways psychologists give for the future of
psychology: a planned gift. Psychologists
are able to give more generously through
planned gifts that do not draw on their
current resources. They make APF the
beneficiary of their life insurance policies
or their retirement accounts or through
PAYING IT FORWARD
WITH PLANNED GIVING
Antonio E. Puente has given a generous donation to APF to support the future
of the field—which includes two of his children who are psychologists
BY JAMIE CHAMBERLIN
ABOUT PLANNED GIVING
To find out more about a gift to
APF, visit the APF website at
aspx, or call APF deputy director
Idalia Ramos at (202) 336-5843.
bequests in their wills. Some planned
gifts allow you to enjoy current tax
savings, which also make planned gifts
an attractive way to give back.
Why did you decide to make a gift to
psychology through APF?
The primary reason for this gift was to
thank the APA membership for electing me president of our organization. In
addition, I wanted to start a legacy of
philanthropy for myself and my family to
APF and APA, to which I owe so much.
This approach reflects my lifelong duty
and vision to promote psychology.