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February 9, 2006

Cecilia Laiché, TCWF
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The California Wellness Foundation Announces 2006 Sabbatical Program For Health Leaders

Developed and Managed by the Foundation, Program Provides $30,000 Grants for Directors of Eight Nonprofit Organizations

Woodland Hills (CA) —Applications are now available for The California Wellness Foundation’s 2006 Sabbatical Program. The program offers $30,000 grants to nonprofit health organizations in California, enabling their executive directors to take a paid leave of up to six months. Up to $5,000 will also be awarded to each organization for the professional development of managers and staff who will assume extra responsibilities during the absence of the sabbatical awardees. The application deadline is March 24.

“Overwhelmed with work, executive directors of California’s nonprofit health organizations often neglect their own needs for rest and relaxation, and are close to burning out,” said Gary L. Yates, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program is designed to improve the long-term effectiveness of health service nonprofits by providing their executives with the rejuvenation they need to continue to pursue the missions of their organizations.”

Based on a model established by the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program was founded in 2003 to keep burnout, stress and fatigue from undermining the effectiveness of the leaders of nonprofit organizations. Since the inception of the program, the Foundation has given 20 sabbatical awards.

To learn more about The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program, or to receive an application, please visit the Leadership Awards section of our website,, or call (818) 702-1970.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with the mission of improving the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women's health, and work and health. The Foundation also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities. Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded 4,209 grants totaling more than $506 million.

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