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Grants to Colorado Health Nonprofits to Provide Sabbaticals for Executive Directors and Leaders


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USA: Colorado

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Nonprofit Sabbatical Program

The Colorado Health Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #198233

Grant Description

Grants to Colorado nonprofit health organizations to provide sabbaticals for their executive leaders. Directors, tribal administrators, and CEOs of selected nonprofits will take a hiatus from work and receive subsidies for salary and benefits. At the same time, the nonprofit grantees will receive funding for interim leadership needs and staff capacity building. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to rejuvenate, thereby strengthening the organizations for which they work and improving health and health equity throughout the state.

Successfully leading a nonprofit in today’s world takes endless dedication and time. Yet, nonprofit leaders are often so committed to their missions that spending time away to re-energize can be an afterthought. The Nonprofit Sabbatical Program aims to recognize and reward long-term and respected nonprofit leaders in Colorado and strengthen the organizations they lead by offering funds for interim leadership and staff capacity building. The program offers nonprofit executives the opportunity to step away from professional responsibilities and take time for themselves for rejuvenation. Ideally, the executive returns to their professional life with new ideas and a fresh sense of commitment to their work, the nonprofit sector as well as the health and health equity of all Coloradans.

The sabbatical award is made in the form of a grant for charitable support and includes:

  1. Grantee executive to take three-to-four month hiatus for activities of their choice to reflect, rest and rejuvenate:
    • Up to $20,000 for sabbatical activities (e.g., personal activities such as travel or wellness activities)
    • Between $25,000-$55,000 subsidy for salary and benefits (dependent on current salary)
  2. Grantee interim leadership needs (individual or a team):
    • Up to $10,000 to support interim leadership needs while grantee is away on sabbatical
  3. Grantee staff capacity building needs:
    • Up to $15,000 to help strengthen staff capacity (e.g. professional development, staff well-being, etc.) within the grantee organization to be used during the sabbatical period or up to two years after receipt of the award

Organizations will need to demonstrate how staff have been involved in determining the use of these funds to ensure that they are used for employee-directed needs

In addition to providing funding for the above sabbatical activities, the program also includes a one-month executive-in-residence at the Foundation. The executive-in-residence is designed by program grantees and Foundation leadership and staff as a mutually beneficial co-learning experience. Learn more at

For Program Expectations, see the URL for Full Text below. 

The program includes a TA provider to support both interested applicants and awarded grantees.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The sabbatical award is made in the form of a grant for charitable support to a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Successful applicants will meet the following individual and organizational eligibility criteria:

- Be a Colorado-based executive director, CEO or tribal administrator of a nonprofit organization working to bring health and health equity in reach for Coloradans
- Be an outstanding and respected leader with a demonstrated record of community contribution
- Have served at least three years in current executive role (five years preferred)
- Have at least seven years’ experience in an executive leadership role within the nonprofit sector
- Be a full-time employee and resident of Colorado
- Demonstrate commitment to remaining in current position at current organization for at least three years upon return from sabbatical
- Have organization’s board approval
- Present an interim leadership plan that sustains the organization during the sabbatical period
- Present an organizational capacity building plan, created in partnership with staff, which addresses the need for growth, development and well-being
- Have at least three full-time employees on staff at the organization
- Be willing to serve a one-month executive-in-residence placement at The Colorado Health Foundation
- Be willing to participate in program alumni activities

- Be located in Colorado and provide services and/or programs that bring health and health equity in reach for Coloradans
- Operate as a public charity, and not a private foundation, under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)
- Have at least three full-time employees on staff at the organization
- At least 50% of the population served must be living on low income
- At least 60% of the services and programming conducted must directly occur in Colorado
- Guarantee maintenance and sustainability of regular operations during the applicant’s absence
- Demonstrate a need for and commitment to supporting organizational, employee-driven capacity building that will strengthen the organization’s ability to meet its mission
- Guarantee regular health and other benefits to awardee during their absence

Pre-Application Information:

The Nonprofit Sabbatical Program is now open for applications through midnight on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.

Vision and Mission:

Video: Nonprofit Sabbatical Overview:

Video: Executive Residency Overview:

Blog Post: Sabbatical Program Allows Nonprofit Leaders to Rejuvenate and Staff to Build Capacity:

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Up to five sabbaticals will be awarded annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The sabbatical award is made in the form of a grant – up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Each sabbatical must be taken within 18 months of the receipt of the award.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Contact Carolyn Love, Kebaya Consulting, by email at or by phone at 303-438-0953 for questions about the program and application.

If barriers prevent you from submitting an application online, please contact the Foundation for alternate arrangements at 303-953-3600 or

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