Often, the most creative and inspirational leaders in the nonprofit sector are extremely committed to the work they do. However, because of this selfless dedication, they can reach a point of burnout, where they have completely expended their personal energy. A break allows them time to re-energize to return to work with fresh ideas and newfound momentum.
Since 1990, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has offered a Sabbatical Program to honor North Carolina’s nonprofit leaders for their dedicated service and commitment to the sector. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has invested $3.3 million in the Sabbatical Program and provided awards to more than 145 nonprofit leaders.
The Foundation awards up to five sabbaticals every other year and is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Sabbatical Program. The deadline to apply is November 2, 2021. (Please note: ZSR Sabbaticals will not be offered again until 2023-2024.)
ZSR’s Sabbatical Program is intended to provide veteran nonprofit leaders with a three-to-six-month break from work that allows time to focus on their personal needs, growth and self-revitalization so that they can return to their organizations with a rejuvenated spirit and renewed sense of focus.
The awarded compensation for individuals ($30,000) and $10,000* to each organization for planning and transition expenses, provides the financial support necessary for sabbatical recipients to temporarily leave their place of employment. (*Please note: Of the $10,000 to the organization, at least $5,000 must go toward activities that will enhance the recipient’s entire organization. For example, staff retreats, team building exercises, mentoring opportunities, and/or other activities to support the staff.)