Program Goals

The goals of the O2 Sabbatical Award are:

  • To honor and reward nonprofit executive directors for their accomplishments and contributions
  • To provide executive directors with a break from their work for personal and professional reinvigoration
  • To advance the skills of senior-level staff members at the sabbatical awardee organizations, thereby bolstering leadership capacity throughout these organizations
  • To strengthen the stability of the sabbatical awardee organizations by promoting shared leadership, professional development, healthy work-life balance, and succession planning
  • To enhance the effectiveness of the awardee organizations’ governing boards as a result of the planning and learning surrounding the sabbatical process
  • To establish a peer network of exceptional nonprofit leaders in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties, thereby fostering cross-sector dialogue, camaraderie, and collaboration
  • To encourage the adoption of professional development support programs at nonprofit organizations and to generate a deeper, field-wide appreciation of the critical value of human resources