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Reynolds gives nonprofit execs time off

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Five North Carolina nonprofit leaders will get three to six months to work on special projects, travel, relax or spend time with family, thanks to grants from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem.

The foundation awarded five grants of $25,000 each to nonprofit heads who have demonstrated creativity and vision and who are in need of a break in order to reenergize, the foundation said in a statement.

The sabbatical program was created 17 years ago in response to what trustees saw as flagging energy and enthusiasm among nonprofit directors.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Catherine Ann Ahrendsen, executive director, A Helping Hand, Chapel Hill
  • Mary Tay Bynum, executive director, Homekeeping Mortgage Default Counseling, Greensboro
  • Dorothy Hunt, executive director, Life Line Outreach, Henderson
  • Alan McGregor, director, philanthropic programs, Southern Rural Development Initiative, Asheville
  • Leah Wise, executive director, Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network, Durham

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