January 20, 2010 - Sending nonprofit leaders on sabbaticals often helps those executives return to their jobs with renewed enthusiasm, and helps their organizations nurture up-and-coming talent within their ranks, according a new study released today and supported by Rasmuson Foundation, Virginia Piper Charitable Trust, The Durfee Foundation, Barr Foundation and the Alston / Bannerman Fellowship Program. Read the study here.

The Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program is designed to provide time away from the job for nonprofit and tribal leaders to engage in activities for personal renewal or professional growth. The Foundation believes that nonprofit CEOs/executive directors and tribal administrators better serve their organization when they have extended opportunities to reflect on their work, gain insight into what they want to accomplish in their careers, learn better ways to run their organizations, and renew their personal energy.

To achieve these objectives and help prevent job related stress and burnout, the Foundation endorses the concept of sabbaticals and has committed funds to support time off for outstanding nonprofit and tribal professionals in Alaska. This program recognizes the value the Foundation places on high-performing and accomplished organization leaders. The sabbatical not only is a reward for achievement, it is a motivating factor to keep our best people in the field.

This award is for the personal growth or renewal of the applicant - with no bias toward either reason. Activities dedicated to personal renewal as defined by the recipient may include travel, study, time for reflection, or simply rest. Awards will support sabbaticals of a minimum of 60 continuous and a maximum of 180 continuous days.

The amount of each grant will be up to $30,000. Although grants are awarded to the organization, they are to be used specifically for the individual taking the sabbatical to cover salary and expenses during the sabbatical. No distinction is made between large and small organizations.

Nominate a Sabbatical candidate


Click here to electronically submit the name of someone you believe to be a deserving candidate for a Rasmuson Sabbatical. Upon receipt of the individual's name, the Foundation will send the application materials. In order to be considered, the individual must then complete and submit the application.