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Nonprofit Leaders Offered Sabbatical Opportunity

Must apply by Oct. 1.

ANCHORAGE - Executives from tribes and all nonprofit sectors are eligible to apply for the 2010 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program that is designed to provide time away from the office for rest, personal renewal and professional growth. The postmark deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2009.   

Those who hold the positions of CEO, president, executive director or tribal administrator can apply by downloading application materials from the Rasmuson Foundation website.

Anyone knowing a nonprofit or tribal leader that would benefit from a Sabbatical can nominate that person online at the website, and an application package will be mailed to their nominee.

Sabbaticals can run from two to six continuous months, and each award can total up to $30,000 to cover salary and expenses incurred during the sabbatical. 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.

Leaders of Alaska's nonprofits and tribal governments shoulder incredible responsibility for the health and well-being of their communities. Rasmuson Foundation believes that by giving these leaders a chance to rest, renew and recharge, their organizations will be stronger and Alaskans will reap the benefits. There have been 28 sabbatical recipients since the program began in 2004.

Many participants who have completed the program credit their sabbatical with preventing professional and emotional burn-out. Sabbatical program recipients have spent time reconnecting with family, traveling, and pursuing personal interests. Organizations have also benefited as boards and staff members assume additional responsibility during their leaders' absence.

The two primary criteria for selection are the benefit of the sabbatical for the individual and the organization, and the demonstrated ability of the organization to sustain itself in the executive's absence. Personal interviews with finalists play a major role in the decision process.

Guidelines and application materials are available at the Foundation's website or by calling (907) 297-2700 or toll free (within Alaska) at 1-877-366-2700.

About the Foundation
The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

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