Reports and Articles on the Power of Sabbaticals

Sabbaticals for BIPOC Leaders report

Sabbaticals for BIPOC Leaders, 2022

The BIPOC Executive Director Coalition of Washington’s first black and brown paper makes the case for sabbaticals as a means of disrupting systems and prioritizing rest for BIPOC communities who have been harmed by multi-generational racism. 

When Being Unproductive Saves a Career

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 report

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 2009 report

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

O2 Initiatives: Making the Most of Your Sabbatical Experience
An overview of our program and core principles, advice for making the most of the sabbatical experience, and what to think about when budgeting for sabbatical.

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

Durfee Foundation: 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.: