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The Indiana Professional Counselors Foundation History

Prepared by Dr. Rex Stockton – June 9, 2006

Updated by Dr. John Bloom, October 2007, May 2011, May 2015



The Indiana Association for Counseling and Development Foundation (later the Indiana Counselors Association Foundation and currently the Indiana Professional Counselors Foundation) was formed in 1985, under Don Zimmerman’s presidency, by leaders in the Indiana ACD interested in starting an organization that would provide financial support to further the cause of counseling in Indiana. 


Dr. George Leddick, then professor at IPFW, as well as past president of the association wrote in 1992, “Strategic planning sessions revealed that members wished IACD could advertise to the public the various roles of professional counselors and the needs of clients.  But IACD’s budget is accounted for every year, and each year new officers (rightfully) bring enthusiasm to a new agenda.  The Foundation was formed as a long-range “savings account” so we might one day mount continuing advertising campaigns to raise public awareness.”


The foundation was state chartered in 1988 and received federal status in 1989. Thus, in addition to its worthy purpose, the Foundation provides a tax saving opportunity to those who contribute. The foundation’s books are audited regularly by a Certified Public Accountant. Anyone desiring a copy of the foundation’s financial statement can secure it by contacting the chair of the foundation’s board of directors.


As a chartered non-profit organization, the foundation is legally separate from the Indiana Counseling Association or its divisions. However, its directors are usually counseling leaders who have been active in association governance. Thus, although legally a separate entity, the foundation is set up to serve the interest of counselors through supporting the Indiana Counseling Association and its divisions. Thus the association, its divisions and the foundation are inextricably intertwined.


Foundations are prohibited from engaging in or supporting political activity. However, once that provision is met, the foundation is free to support any activity that is non-political in nature.


In its earliest purpose, the foundation’s mission was to broaden interest and knowledge of counseling to the general public. It was hoped that by doing this, the foundation would encourage access to professional counseling services in Indiana. At its beginning, the Foundation originated projects designed to provide information related to counseling through the development of media (public interest radio and/or television ads) and subsidizing the conference fees for worthy students training to be counselors at counselor training programs in the state.


Over the years, the foundation has responded to numerous requests from the Indiana Counseling Association and the Indiana School Counselors Association.  These have included support for speakers at the annual conference and subsidies for scholarships.  For example, support for the Joe Hollis and Eldon Ruff Scholarship Awards has been provided by the Foundation.





             Eldon Ruff                                                            Joe Hollis


The Foundation Board is happy to consider proposals for projects that support the goals of counseling. It is requested that these proposals come through the ICA or ISCA board in order that a proper vetting process has taken place.  


The Foundation is led by a six person board of directors. 


Former Board members include:


Rex Stockton,  Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University.

Dolores (De) Klocke, former School Counselor of the Year and retired guidance counselor, Fort Wayne Community Schools (North High School), Former Director of Guidance, Keystone Schools, Fort Wayne;

Rosemary Smead, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University Jeffersonville

Thomas Gordon, Fort Wayne, IN

John Bloom, Professor Emeritus – Butler University

Kathleen Boggess – Counselor, Bloomington North HS (Ret.)

Teesue Fields – Professor Emeritus – Indiana University Southeast

Kathy Renie – Counselor Blackford High School (Ret.)

James Smith – Counselor (Evansville) (Ret.)


2020 Board members include:
Anthony McCrovitz, - Mental Health Counselor, Chesterton, IN
Jen Money-Brady, EDD, NCC, DC - Indianapolis, IN (through the summer)


The Foundation’s work is made possible through the support of Indiana professional counseling membership associations.  Counselors and friends of counseling are invited to contribute to the work of the Foundation by mailing a tax deductible contribution to the Foundation.


Send all correspondence to: John W. Bloom, IPC Foundation Board Chair

1453 Berry Lake Way, Brownsburg, IN 46112.  (317) 858-3958




The counseling profession has a rich tradition of helping others as well as helping its own!  Your tax-deductible contribution is one more way you can help your fellow counselors and their professional associations grow.  Whether you have ten dollars or ten thousand, each donation will help grow the foundation and increase the number and amount of awards made annually.


__  $10   __ $25   __ $100   ?  $______


Please made checks payable to: Indiana Professional Counselors Foundation and send to:

IPC Foundation  Attn: Dr. Teesue Fields, 3204 Chipaway Ct., Floyds Knob, IN 47119