The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has announced the 2016 recipients of its Sabbatical Program, which recognizes the dedicated service and commitment of nonprofit leaders in North Carolina by awarding up to five sabbaticals per year.
Established in 1990, the biannual program provides veteran nonprofit leaders with an extended break from work so they can concentrate on their personal needs, growth, and self-revitalization and return to their organizations with a renewed sense of focus. Recipients are encouraged to spend up to six months engaging in activity or activities unrelated to their field of work. Eligibility is limited to individuals in paid, full-time positions with a North Carolina-based nonprofit who have been with their organizations for at least three years — at least two of them in an executive-level position. The program will open for applications again in 2018.
The 2016 recipients include Tayuanee Dewberry, executive director of Right Moves for Youth (Charlotte); Robin Emmons, founder and executive director of Sow Much Good (Charlotte); Nancy Gottovi, executive director of Central Park NC/STARworks Center (Star); Robin Merrell, managing attorney for Pisgah Legal Services (Asheville); and Cynthia Marie Penn Halal, executive director of Walltown Children's Theatre (Durham).
"It is such an inspiration to learn about the commitment of nonprofit leaders who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people and communities they serve across the great state of North Carolina," said Jane Patterson, Reynolds Foundation trustee and chair of the sabbatical committee. "This program is important to ensuring that we retain strong leadership within the nonprofit sector — a sector that provides four hundred thousand jobs across North Carolina. Our hope is that time away will provide these leaders with what they need to come back refreshed and ready to work on behalf of the residents of our state."