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Nonprofits Need to Prepare Now for Deadline for Rasmuson Sabbatical Program Applications

Planned break good for executives and organizations

October 1 deadline for application to nonprofit Sabbatical Program

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. (Download the Creative Disruption: Sabbaticals for Capacity Building and Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector here)

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, personal 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, 2012. 

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.

Those who hold the positions of CEO, president, executive director or tribal administrator can apply by downloading application materials from the Rasmuson Foundation website. Leaders can also be nominated online, and an application package will be mailed to the nominee.

 The two primary criteria for selection are the benefit of the sabbatical to 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.

There have been 43 sabbatical recipients since the program began in 2004.

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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