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Reynolds Foundation funds sabbaticals

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Leslie Winner

Leslie Winner

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – As the volatile economy continues to take a toll on leaders in the nonprofit sector, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is providing funding for sabbaticals for five nonprofit leaders.

Through the foundation’s sabbatical program, each leader will receive $25,000 to take a three-to-six-month break from his or her duties, with the goal of returning to work with renewed energy and commitment.

“Our program benefits far more than the recipients,” Leslie Winner, executive director of the foundation, says in a statement. “In addition, other staff, board members, the complete organization, beneficiaries of the organization’s services, and even their communities benefit.”

Five individuals receive awards from the foundation:

  • Brian Buzby, executive director of Durham’s North Carolina Conservation Network, has been with the organization for 12 years
  • Susan Cupito, director of programs for the YWCA of Greensboro, has worked in the nonprofit sector for 30 years, more than 20 years of that with the YWCA
  • Margaret Elliott, executive director of Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem, has been in her position for 11 years and in the nonprofit sector for 26 years
  • Claudia Horwitz, executive director of Stone Circles in Mebane, founded the organization in 1995
  • Celia Pistolis, assistant director of advocacy and compliance for Legal Aid of North Carolina, has worked for the organization for 27 years

“People who become leaders of nonprofits often are selfless, driven people,” says Winner. “They give a full measure and then some until, in many instances, they drain their personal energy.”

The foundation’s sabbatical program was created in 1990.

“It is rewarding to see, time after time, executives return to their work with new ideas and a new perspective on their own lives as well as the organizations they lead,” says Winner.

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