Resources

Reports and Articles on the Power of Sabbaticals

When Being Unproductive Saves a Career, 2018

From The New York Times, highlighting the pioneering work of the Durfee Foundation and featuring O2 Initiatives.

From Creative Disruption to Systems Change, 2017

A 20-year retrospective study of the Durfee Foundation’s Sabbatical Program showing the short and long-term benefits of a well-planned sabbatical for individuals, organizations, and the nonprofit sector.

Creative Disruption Creative Disruption, 2009

A five-year retrospective study of five sabbatical programs.

 

O2 Sabbatical Award Alumni Blog Posts

Reflections from our alumni on the meaning of their sabbatical experiences. Read their stories:

Sabbatical Guides from the Durfee Foundation

DIY Sabbatical Guide
Advice to individual leaders who are planning their own sabbaticals.

How-To Guide for Organizations
Advice about how to implement a sabbatical policy for the entire organization.

How-To Guide for Funders
Guide for funders on how to develop sabbatical programs for nonprofits.

Other Sabbatical Programs for Nonprofit Leaders

At O2 Initiatives, we’re often asked who else is funding sabbaticals. Here are the programs we’re aware of around the U.S.: