Marsellus Sabbatical Grant Recipients Announced

December 7, 2009 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation has announced this year’s Marsellus Sabbatical grant recipients. The John F. Marsellus Sabbatical Program awards two grants a year to not-for-profit executives seeking personal and professional growth. The program provides executives with an environment to research, study and reflect for a period of four weeks.

This year’s recipients are:

Duane Kinnon, President & Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse. Duane will attend the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program to study “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.”

“As the economic climate continues to change, so must our organization as we positively impact families on a local and national scale,” said Kinnon. “The Sabbatical will make it possible for me to get the time to reflect, learn and plan for my organization’s future.”

Peter Waack, General Manager, The Daily Orange. Pete will shadow a publication of equal size and attend training in the issues important to the changing newspaper industry.

“The Sabbatical will give me the time to plan ahead and shore up needed skills to ensure that The Daily Orange will have the guidance it needs to survive in its engaging, printed form,” said Waack.

The Marsellus Sabbatical program was created in 2000 to provide not-for-profit executives with a unique opportunity for reflection, revitalization and growth. It was established in memory of the late John F. Marsellus, president and owner of the Syracuse-based Marsellus Casket Company for more than thirty years, honoring his commitment to enhancing the leadership capacity of not-for-profit organizations in Central New York.

Applicants must have served in a management position of a not-for-profit agency in Onondaga or Madison Counties for at least five consecutive years in order to qualify. Nineteen executives have participated in the program since its inception.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards over $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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