The Power of Sabbaticals

About this collection: This Content Collection shares perspectives and tips for families seeking to learn more about the many benefits (some surprising!) of sabbaticals for both nonprofits and grantmakers.

For a small investment, a funder can have a big impact on a nonprofit by providing its leader with time away to rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. Yet only a handful of foundations fund sabbaticals, in part because it’s not easy to quantify the impact. Thanks to the Durfee Foundation and a growing number of other family foundations who have commissioned research to evaluate these programs, there is evidence demonstrating the powerful impact sabbaticals can have on nonprofit organizations and their leaders. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Case)

The Power of Sabbaticals: Advice and Guidance from the Durfee Foundation

Funders Guide to Creating a Sabbatical Program

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The benefits of sabbaticals for nonprofit leadership have been well documented. This guide is intended to provide advice guidance to funders seeking to create their own sabbatical programs for nonprofits in the communities or fields they support.

From Creative Disruption to Systems Change

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This 20-year review of the Durfee Foundation's Sabbatical program demonstrates and confirms the value of sabbaticals to rejuvenating the bodies, minds, and spirits of Los Angeles’s most gifted nonprofit leaders.

The Durfee Foundation: Supporting Sabbaticals for Nonprofit Leaders

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Stan and Dorothy founded what would become the Durfee Foundation in 1960. In those days, it bore the Avery name as did their flourishing business. As the company became more successful, though, the family suggested taking on Dorothy’s name Durfee to distinguish between the company’s philanthropy and the family’…
February 11, 2010

The Power of Sabbaticals

For a small investment, a funder can have a big impact on a nonprofit by providing its leader with time away to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Yet only a handful of foundations fund sabbaticals, in part because it’s not easy to quantify the impact. Now, thanks to a …

Additional Perspectives and Guidance

My Sabbatical Zen: Reflections on a 3-Month Pause in the Action

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Patrick Troska, Executive Director of the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, reflects on the four "R"'s of his recent sabbatical: resting, roving, reflecting, and recharging. "It is important to acknowledge that nothing fell apart at the Foundation while I was away," writes Troska. I credit that to good …

Sabbatical Policies for Nonprofits

Sabbatical Policies for Foundation Staff