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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 Guiding Principles

Guided by our mission, we pursue the following goals through our grantmaking:

  • To address the particular health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • To support and strengthen nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the health of underserved populations.
  • To recognize and encourage leaders who are working to increase health and wellness within their communities.
  • To inform policymakers and opinion leaders about important wellness and health care issues.


The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

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