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Cal Wellness Sabbatical Program Awards

Program Overview

The Cal Wellness Sabbatical Program Awards were established in 2003 to keep burnout, stress and fatigue from undermining the effectiveness of leaders of nonprofit health organizations. Based on the model established by the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, the statewide Cal Wellness Sabbatical Program Awards provide grants that allow executive directors to spend between three months and six months (maximum) away from the workplace, relaxing and rejuvenating, and to return with renewed energy and dedication. The Cal Wellness Sabbatical Program Awards’ grant term is a maximum of 15 months to allow the organization and awardee to plan for the sabbatical. To date, 84 sabbatical awards have been granted.

2016 Awards

Cal Wellness is no longer accepting applications for the 2016 awards, as the application period closed on March 14, 2016. In late summer of 2016, Cal Wellness will award up to eight $40,000 grants to nonprofit health organizations to provide their executive directors with well-deserved sabbaticals.

Past Honorees

The first Cal Wellness Sabbatical Program Awards were given out in 2003. Find out more about past honorees here.

Our Work

  • We use our resources to advance our mission through grantmaking, investments, sharing our learning and lifting our voice.
  • We fund direct services that address the urgent needs people are facing in their communities, particularly the needs of low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • We recognize, encourage and strengthen leaders to be powerful agents of change.
  • We support advocacy and civic engagement so that communities can build power and create public policies that reflect their vision, will and needs.
  • We trust and invest in nonprofit organizations so that they can operate at full capacity.
  • We partner with community-led organizations, philanthropic organizations, businesses, government and individuals who want to improve health and wellness for Californians.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

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