Community Foundation Awards Sabbatical Grants

January 4, 2011 (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 nonprofit executives seeking personal and professional growth. The program provides executives with a stipend to research, study and reflect for a period of four weeks.

This year’s recipients are:

Barbara Henderson, Executive Director, Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA). Barbara will attend Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative’s Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations.

“Directing a small nonprofit is very rewarding, yet often exhausting, especially when the director also serves as the main staff person,” said Henderson. “The sabbatical’s potential impacts on the organization and community served will include a refreshed, better centered director who is therefore ready to take on existing and new challenges with higher energy.”

Patricia Hoffman, Executive Director, Oneida Community Mansion House. Patricia will visit museums and historic sites in New York State that are similar to the Mansion House.

“Aside from the benefits this leave potentially affords our organization and the community in which we are located, it gives me the incentive (and permission) to take some time to recharge,” said Hoffman.

She will be visiting the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, Proctor Theatre in Schenectady and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs to study their organizational structures, artist spaces, museum shops and how their entrepreneurial activities help improve their communities.

“We wholeheartedly support (Patricia’s) choice of time spent on professional development and its potential benefit to not only the Oneida Community Mansion House, but the surrounding community as well,” said Jonathan Pawlika, Board Chair of the Mansion House.

The Marsellus Sabbatical program was created in 2000 to provide nonprofit 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, to honor his commitment to enhancing the leadership capacity of nonprofit organizations in Central New York.

Applicants must have served in a management position of a nonprofit agency in Onondaga or Madison Counties for at least five consecutive years in order to qualify. Twenty one 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 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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