Oct. 1 is the deadline for applications to Rasmuson Foundation’s Sabbatical Program. Now entering its 10th year, the program offers an opportunity for nonprofit and tribal executives to take sabbaticals of two to six months.
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.
Executives from tribes and all nonprofit sectors are eligible to apply. Applicants must hold the position of CEO, president, executive director or tribal administrator. The program is designed to provide time away from the office for rest, personal renewal and professional growth.
The Sabbatical awards are up to $40,000 to cover salary and expenses incurred during a two- to six-month 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.
Applications may be downloaded from the Rasmuson Foundation website. Leaders can also be nominated online. Individuals nominated must also complete and submit an application.
The primary criteria for selection are 1) the benefit of the sabbatical to the individual and the organization; 2) demonstrated ability of the organization to sustain itself in the executive’s absence; and 3) the executive’s demonstrated level of performance and leadership within the organization. Personal interviews with finalists play a major role in the decision process. The process is competitive.
Since the first sabbaticals were awarded in 2005, dozens of Alaskans have gone on sabbatical through the program. Search past recipients and watch the video “Go For It” online at rasmuson.org. Guidelines and application materials are available at the Foundation’s website or by calling (907) 297-2700 or, toll free within Alaska, 1-877-366-2700.
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.