1. “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

Since its founding in 1997, the program has awarded Sabbaticals to 95 outstanding nonprofit leaders in Los Angeles. With the 2016 Awards, the program will bring to more than 100 the roster of awardees!

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, 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 organizations stipends and expenses of $45,000 for their leaders to travel, reflect or otherwise renew themselves in whatever manner they propose, for a minimum of three consecutive months. The Sabbatical must begin within one year of the award date.

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.