“I remember the first time I unwound. It was the third week of my sabbatical. I was floating in the river, carried by the current, and I could actually feel my body relax. When I came back to work, I understood the value of rest. Now I impose it on my employees. No one can work more than five days a week and everyone must take a vacation every year.” Steve LePore, Executive Director of My Friend's Place, a homeless youth program
Sabbaticals for Capacity Building & Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector
Effective institutions are driven by creative people. The Durfee Sabbatical Program recognizes that creative leaders need time to think and reflect if they are to keep their organizations ahead of the curve.
Many leaders in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector work under conditions of unrelenting stress, potentially leading to burnout. The enormous demands of their jobs, often combined with financial pressure, can prevent them from taking time off for much-needed rejuvenation.
In an effort to replenish the stores of energy and inspiration for our community’s most gifted leaders, the Durfee Sabbatical Program offers up to six individuals stipends and expenses of up to $40,000 to travel, reflect or otherwise renew themselves in whatever manner they propose.
Additional support of up to $5,000 is made available to successful candidates’ employing organizations that are willing to establish a permanent, revolving fund for professional staff development. The purpose of the fund is to make it possible for other staff to have access to training programs or short-term leaves that might enhance their professional capacities. In recognition of Durfee’s commitment to the professional development of all nonprofit staff, the Foundation’s contribution starts up the fund. As cash is drawn down, it is expected that the recipient organization will replenish the fund on an annual basis, and maintain it as a permanent line item in its budget.
The Sabbatical Program is offered biennially. The next application cycle will occur in 2015.
Subsequently, secondary leaders in organizations participating in the Sabbatical program are provided with a LEAD Residency opportunity (Leadership Exploration and Development). Click on this link to find out more information about the program.