Anchorage, AK – Leaders of Alaska nonprofit organizations and tribes are invited to apply for a 2023 Sabbatical Award. The program provides leaders time away to rest, reflect and rejuvenate.

Each recipient will have three to six months in the coming year to unplug from demanding jobs. Awards of up to $40,000 are grants to the individual’s employer to help cover the leader’s salary and costs of travel and other experiences during the time off work.

The Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Committee, which includes prior recipients, will select 2023 awardees. The number varies but most years four to six individuals are selected.

Click here to learn more and apply online.

Leaders get time with families, a chance to pursue personal interests, and an opportunity to decompress. Recipients in the past have brought a long history of community service. They demonstrated a pressing need for time away and recognized that their organizations will benefit by allowing others to step up.

“Alaska nonprofit leaders and tribal administrators are so used to taking care of everyone else — this is a chance for them to rest, recover and come back with renewed energy for the important work that they do,” said Tanya King, the Rasmuson Foundation senior program officer who oversees the Sabbatical Program.

Since the first awards in 2005, the Foundation has funded 101 sabbaticals counting the 2022 cohort. Read more about the 2022 awardees here.

About the Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation aims to promote a better life for all Alaskans. Main funding areas are solutions to homelessness, health care, the arts, organizational and community development and human services including projects to address domestic violence, child abuse and services for seniors and people with disabilities. The Foundation was created in 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson , a Swedish missionary, to honor her late husband, banker E.A. Rasmuson.

Melanie Bahnke, president and CEO of Kawerak Inc., spent part of her 2018 sabbatical at fish camp. “It was truly the best summer of my life,” she said. “I baked cookies, I sang songs, and I got dirty working on fish. I truly let go and it was freeing.” (Photos courtesy of Melanie Bahnke)

The Cape Nome cabin that Melanie Bahnke calls her “sanctuary.”