Story last updated at 7/4/2012 - 1:43 pm
What will 2013 hold for you? That is an important question for overworked and harried nonprofit leaders this summer.
Research shows that when nonprofit leaders engage in well-planned sabbaticals, the results can transcend the individual to reach the organization itself. An extended leave can lead to new perspectives for the leader, the board and staff, and often energizes organizational innovation.
Executives from tribes and all nonprofit sectors are eligible to apply for the 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program that is designed to provide time away from the office for rest, renewal and professional growth.
This year, Rasmuson Foundation has increased Sabbatical awards up to total of $40,000 to cover salary and expenses incurred during a two- to six-month sabbatical. The postmark deadline for applications is Oct. 1.
The application requires a written plan for how the organization will be managed in the leader's absence and a letter from the organization's board endorsing their executive's decision to apply for the sabbatical.
There have been 43 sabbatical recipients since the program began in 2004.
Guidelines and application materials are available at the Foundation's website - www.rasmuson.org or by calling (907) 297-2700 or toll free (within Alaska) at 1-877-366-2700.