Julie L. Rogers Sabbatical Program
About the Program
The Julie L. Rogers Sabbatical program was established by our board of directors in 2014 to honor our outgoing president who served from 1986 to 2014. Julie Rogers was a tireless champion for nonprofit leaders and a passionate advocate for promoting their personal well-being.
Through this three-year initiative, Meyer made sabbatical grants to organzations led by outstanding executive directors. Each organization received a $50,000 award that included support for a three- to four-month sabbatical for the organization’s executive director to travel, reflect, or otherwise renew themselves in whatever manner they proposed; professional development for other leaders within the organization; and a stipend to compensate the interim leader or leadership team.
In 2018, the Meyer Foundation awarded three sabbatical grants to organizations led by outstanding executive directors.
Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for sabbatical program grants.
The Value of Sabbatical
Sabbatical grant support is a documented, effective strategy for supporting executive directors and strengthening the organizations they lead. “Creative Disruption”—a study conducted by Third Sector New England and CompassPoint—found that the demands of leadership make intellectual, emotional, creative, and physical burnout all too common among nonprofit executives. Sabbaticals also provide an opportunity to strengthen the capacity of other leaders within an organization, increasing the likelihood of successful transitions when long-serving executives decide to move on. Meyer’s sabbatical program, which was modeled upon those of the Durfee Foundation and O2 Initiatives, was designed to recognize and support executives and their organizations with these realities in mind.
Read what others have written about the value of nonprofit sabbaticals:
- When Being Unproductive Saves a Career (The New York Times)
- Room to Reflect: The Small-But-Growing Set of Funders Paying for Nonprofit Sabbaticals (Inside Philanthropy)
To learn more about the sabbatical program we offered, please contact Karen FitzGerald.