O2 Initiatives is inviting applications from executive directors of nonprofit organizations in San Francisco and Alameda counties for its O2 Sabbatical Award, a program designed to recognize the commitment and accomplishments of exceptional nonprofit leaders in the region.
Modeled on the highly successful Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program in Los Angeles, the award program provides Bay Area executive directors with a three-month paid leave for personal and professional reinvigoration. The goals of the program are to re-energize executive directors, improve leadership capacity within their organizations, and establish a peer network of program alumni who collectively will strengthen the nonprofit sector.
O2 Initiatives will make up to six awards through its inaugural program cycle. Each award will include $40,000 to the recipient’s organization toward the cost of a three-month sabbatical, plus a $3,000 stipend for the interim leader (or leadership team) in recognition of the additional responsibilities assumed in the executive director's absence.
O2 Initiatives also will offer coaching aimed at helping awardees prepare for their sabbaticals, assist interim teams during a sabbatical recipient's leave, and provide support with re-entry once the sabbatical has been completed.
In addition, awardees will be invited to request up to $7,500 for professional development and team-building activities within their organizations. This component of the grant is intended to provide each organization with enough seed funding to establish a professional development fund that they will maintain as an ongoing line item in their budget.
For complete program guidelines and application procedures, see the O2 Initiatives website.