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Nonprofit/Tribal Leader Sabbatical Program Application Deadline Announced

October 1 Deadline for Nonprofit Sabbatical Program

Nominations Also Accepted Online

Anchorage, June 15, 2010 - What nonprofit couldn't benefit from better executive/staff relationships, training of second-tier leadership, confident, highly engaged management, and strategic innovation that improves both service and the bottom line? These are exactly the types of benefits that can be derived from a sabbatical, according to a study released earlier this year. (Download the report here)

Executives from tribes and all nonprofit sectors are eligible to apply for the 2011 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, 2010. 

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

Nonprofit or tribal leaders who would benefit from a Sabbatical can be nominated online, and an application package being mailed to the 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 34 sabbatical recipients since the program began in 2004.

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 (www.rasmuson.org) 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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