Contact: Angela Cox, 907-334-0509

Anchorage, AK – Alaska-based nonprofit and tribal executives interested in Rasmuson Foundation’s Sabbatical Program have until October 1 to apply. Now entering its 13th year, the program offers awards up to $40,000 to cover salary and expenses incurred during a three- to six-month sabbatical.

Healthy nonprofit leaders are crucial to Alaska, yet many work in environments where the need is great but human and financial resources are thin. The stress and long hours can strain professionals. A sabbatical provides time away from the office for personal growth and renewal.

The nonprofits also benefit when their leaders engage in an extended leave. Their time off energizes the organization and allows for the development of new perspectives.

Executives from tribes and all nonprofit sectors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Alaskan residents with at least five years in the sector and at least three years in the position of CEO, president, executive director or tribal administrator.

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 its executive’s decision to apply for the sabbatical.

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, 72 Alaskans have participated. Search past recipients here and watch the video “Go For It.” 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. Leaders can also be nominated (by anyone) online. Individuals nominated must also complete and submit an application.

About the Foundation

Jenny Rasmuson with her son, Elmer, created the Rasmuson Foundation in May 1955 to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.