Donate Now to one of the AACAP Initiatives Listed Below

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Where Most Needed

A donation “Where Most Needed” supports all of AACAP’s initiatives, and gives us the greatest flexibility to direct your contribution where it will have the biggest impact.

Workforce Development

The average wait for a child to see a child and adolescent psychiatrist is seven and a half weeks; compared with two weeks for an adult to see a general psychiatrist. This deficit in our workforce has a devastating impact on children in need of treatment. The AACAP Medical Student Fellowship program helps eliminate the CAP deficit by encouraging the best and brightest young medical minds to pursue careers in child and adolescent psychiatry.

It costs $3,500 to sponsor one medical student in a 12-week fellowship.


It’s estimated that just 1% of child psychiatrists are researchers. We know that’s not nearly enough if we are going to accelerate innovation and best-practice gains. Without new researchers, we are facing the very real possibility of not reaching our potential for new medicines and treatments that will have lasting benefits to children with mental illness. Your donation will help us make more investments in promising new researchers.

It costs $15,000 to launch one child psychiatry resident’s research career.

The Leatherman-Ritvo Endowment Fund for the Advancement of Psychodynamic Understanding and Psychodynamically Informed Child Therapies in Honor of Martin Drell, MD, Samuel Ritvo, MD, and Lucille B. Ritvo, PhD

The Leatherman-Ritvo Endowment Fund preserves and promotes psychodynamic understanding and psychodynamically informed therapies in child and adolescent psychiatry through modalities such as training, research, economic analysis, or professional development, among others. The Fund is used to create and support educational resources as needed by training programs such as online courses and other curricular materials; mentorship and training in supervision; and highlighting best practices in psychodynamic psychotherapy in child and adolescent psychiatry. 

Life Members Fund

The Life Members Fund supports medical students and residents interested in a career as child and adolescent psychiatrists with travel scholarships to AACAP’s Annual Meeting. At the meeting, they are mentored by Life Members, our most senior members. Since 2010, 68 medical students and residents have been supported by your donations.

It costs $1,325 to sponsor a travel grant to the Annual Meeting for CAP Medical Students and Residents.

Elaine Schlosser Lewis Fund

The Elaine Schlosser Lewis (ESL) Fund encourages innovative research in the areas of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and learning disabilities. It is through this research that physicians and mental health experts can improve the current diagnostic tools and treatment options for ADHD.

It costs $15,000 to sponsor one ESL Pilot Research Award.

Campaign for America’s Kids (CFAK)

CFAK funds projects that promote quality mental health services and treatment for children and adolescents with mental illness through established CFAK priorities. They include: consumer education, access to treatment, professional education, and state/local government and community coalitions.

Virginia Q. Anthony Fund

Created to honor the service of AACAP’s retired Executive Director, the Virginia Q. Anthony Fund underwrites the annual Virginia Q. Anthony Outstanding Woman Leader Award, which celebrates the achievements of female CAPs who have had a profound impact on their field.

It costs $2,000 to sponsor a Virginia Q. Anthony Outstanding Woman Leader Award.

Endowment Fund

A gift to the AACAP Endowment is a permanent financial investment in the future and stability of AACAP. The AACAP Endowment funds important programs that support AACAP’s mission for current and future generations.

To learn more about AACAP's impact funds: Please contact the Office of Development at 202. 966.7300 ext. 140 or