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AMHCA Foundation: AMHCF Is Your Foundation!
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AMHCA Foundation: AMHCF Is Your Foundation!

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD
AMHCA Emeritus Executive Director & CEO

The birth of the AMHCA Foundation was an important event during my 15-year tenure as executive director & CEO of AMHCA. But as I noted in my final column for The Advocate when I retired from AMHCA last fall, I have continued my interest and support of AMHCA by serving on the Foundation’s board of trustees.

The Foundation’s mission is an important one for AMHCA members: 

“To improve the mental health of all Americans through public education about mental health issues, mental health research, access to mental health services, and promoting high standards for mental health practitioners.”

As part of fulfilling that mission, the Foundation is now in its third year of offering student scholarships for both travel and research. In the future, the AMHCF board hopes to offer more scholarships and at expanded dollar amounts. 

The scholarships advance AMHCF’s mission by developing the next generation of clinical mental health counselors, and by supporting research on mental-health related topics. Another AMHCF program has been to sponsor a welcome reception at the Annual Conference where we honor our scholarship award winners. 

We also hope to make grant applications to funding organizations interested in promoting improved mental health for all Americans. This effort depends on your support: To succeed in winning grants, we must be able to show financial support from our own membership. 

Earlier this year, we launched an In Honor & In Memory 

The Foundation Thanks
the Family of
Phyllis B. Murn

AMHCA is grateful to the latePhyllis B. Murn, 79, and her family and friends for their support of AMHCA’s Foundation, AMHCF. When Ms. Murn passed away on March 11, in lieu of flowers, her family requested donations to AMHCA.
Ms. Murn was not an AMHCA member, but her obituary describes her as someone “who practiced her beliefs and values throughout her life. … She was always able to see the good in people and brought out the best in everyone.”
Ms. Murn is recognized on the Foundation website on the new“In Honor & In Memory”page.
See the names of other recent donors, including those who contributed in Ms. Murn’s name.

page on the Foundation website for donors who wish to honor an individual with a donation. All such donations will be recognized on the AMHCF webpage and in The Advocate. (See the appreciation for Phyllis Murn in the adjacent box.) We are also exploring an endowment fund that will allow planned giving and estate bequests. 

The Foundation was designed to raise annual funds to support its mission and provide opportunities for long-term growth. The Foundation trustees have begun considering ways that the AMHCA state chapters could become involved with AMHCF and help with the needed fundraising since both AMHCA and its chapters will benefit from having a strong Foundation.

In fact, having a successful foundation is a sign of a strong and growing professional association. One need look no further than the foundations of other associations of mental health professionals such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). As a thriving segment of the mental health field, AMHCA must join its peers at the Foundation level and ensure that its foundation flourishes.

Nearly 250 people have contributed donations to the Foundation. (See the list of the most recent donors.) Won’t you please take a moment and support your Foundation? Make a tax-deductible donation online.

Foundation Trustee Wins 
Outstanding Alumni Award

      Tom Ferro, LCPC, a past president of AMHCA (2010–2011) and a trustee of the 
  American Mental Health Counselors Foundation (AMHCF), was honored March 14 by the 
  Montana State University Billings Alumni Association. 

      One of six MSU Billings alumni honored at the 32nd annual Outstanding Alumni 
  Awards ceremony, Ferro received the 2014 Recognition for Exceptional Achievement