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Founded in 1945, The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), celebrated its 65th year anniversary in 2010. A chapter of the California Psychological Association, LACPA represents the more than 4000 licensed psychologists within Los Angeles County by responding to the mental health needs of the community. Its purposes are to advance the science and profession of psychology to promote human welfare while educating the public about psychological issues.

LACPA Foundation was formed in December of 1990 as a private, non-profit mutual benefit corporation serving mental health professionals and the community. It is tax exempt under section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. LACPA formed the Foundation in order to further its goals of benefitting the community at large. To further that goal, we have sponsored annual and special events to promote greater public awareness of the mental health needs in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Through these activities we have raised additional funds to assist groups and agencies whose efforts directly benefit our shared community.

Did you know about the LACPA Foundation?
The Foundation is a non-profit organization, the charitable arm of LACPA.  We raise funds to benefit mental health service programs in our area and beyond.

What programs and groups has the Foundation supported in the past?
The Santa Monica Rape Crisis Center, The Teen Education Fund, The Venice Family Clinic, The Green Cross for Mental Health (providing relief to tsunami victims in Southeast Asia).

What else does the Foundation do?
Each year, the Foundation sponsors the keynote speaker at the LACPA convention.  We also provide the monetary awards for the convention poster session winners.  And, local psychology graduate students in need receive Foundation-funded scholarships to join us at convention. View interviews from recent winners here.

How does the Foundation raise money?
We have hosted a number of fundraising events (such as the auction and coffee bar at Mirrors of the Mind) and have more planned.  We also reach out to LACPA members each year for their support. 

Did you know how easy it is to donate money to the Foundation? 
Simply visit our website, http://lacpafoundation.org/about.html, and click on the Donate Now! box.  All donations are tax-deductible.  We appreciate all donations and we thank you in advance for your kind support to our community.