Tim Carpenter Awarded Sabbatical by Durfee Foundation in Recognition of His Leadership
Durfee Foundation announced this year's Sabbatical Fellowships giving leaders a chance to rest, reflect, and recharge
By: EngAGE, Inc.
In its 25th year of funding this program, in light of the extraordinary need following a year marked by intersecting crises and a global pandemic, the foundation more than doubled the number of awardees. There are 13 fellows in the 2021-2022 cohort.
Mr. Carpenter commented, "I am truly honored to be a Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Fellow. What a terrific program to support social entrepreneurs by giving them some respite, especially after this difficult past year. I have been working for our mission for 22 years, and am looking forward to having some time to pause and regenerate."
EngAGE will receive $60,000, which includes $50,000 for Mr. Carpenter to travel, reflect and recharge for a minimum of three consecutive months and $10,000 to advance the skills and wellbeing of EngAGE's staff, and also to reward those who carry extra responsibility during the sabbatical.
"Nonprofit leaders, community organizers, and people at the front line, providing support and social services to LA's most vulnerable, kept our communities afloat with a superhuman lift in this past year," said Claire Peeps, executive director of the Durfee Foundation. "They put themselves directly in harm's way for all of our good, and now is the time to take care of them in return."
EngAGE creates community and changes lives by transforming affordable older adult and multigenerational housing communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness, and creativity. By delivering life-enhancing, tailored programming in well-being, the arts, lifelong learning, and intergenerational opportunities, residents are enabled to use their acquired skills in real-world ways to gain enrichment and mastery. Our mission is to empower people – intellectually, creatively, and emotionally – to do what they do best for the rest of their lives.
The Durfee Foundation has funded over 100 sabbaticals to leaders in Los Angeles since 1997. Evaluations have revealed that sabbaticals help organizations retain their leaders and help shift leaders' perspectives from daily management to distributed leadership and generative thinking and activity. Organizations also benefit from having an opportunity to plan and strengthen their capacity. Sabbaticals can create a permanent shift in the culture of work/life balance for both the leader and the organization's staff. Learn more on the Durfee Foundation website.
The 2021-2022 class of Sabbatical Fellows:
Martha Dina Arguello
Martha Dina Arguello is the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR-LA). PSR-LA advocates for policies and practices that improve public health, eliminate nuclear and environmental threats, and address health disparities.
Martha Arevalo is Executive Director for the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). CARECEN empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity.
Maria Lou Calanche
Maria "Lou" Calanche is the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy LA, a youth
development organization. Legacy LA builds the capacity of youth to reach their full potential and equips them with tools to transform their lives and community.
Tim Carpenter is the Founder and CEO of EngAGE, a nonprofit that provides arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs to older adults and families living in affordable older adult and multi-generational apartment communities in California and Oregon.
Liz Herrera is the Executive Director of El Nido Family Centers, a social service non-profit agency. El Nido strives to build healthy families by providing community-based social services in some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles County.
Zachary Hoover is the Executive Director of LA Voice, a multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that awakens people to their own power, training them to speak, act, and work together to transform our County into one that reflects the dignity of all people.
Laura Jiménez is the Executive Director at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ). CLRJ is a statewide organization committed to honoring the experiences of Latinas to uphold their dignity, their bodies, sexuality, and families.
John Kim is the Executive Director of Advancement Project California, a multi-racial, multi-generational racial justice organization working to expand educational opportunities for California's children, create healthy and safe neighborhoods, build participatory and representative communities, and shift public investments towards equity.
Christine Mirasy-Glasco is the Executive Director of Upward Bound House (UBH). UBH's mission is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services, and advocacy.
Adam Murray is Chief Executive Officer of Inner City Law Center (ICLC), a non-profit poverty law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County. ICLC provides legal representation and advocacy to thousands of homeless and working poor clients.
Tara Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Glendale and Pasadena. The organization is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women and works to end gender-based violence, promote girls' empowerment and advance racial justice.
Alberto Retana is the President and CEO of Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.
Alexandra Suh is the Executive Director of KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance). KIWA combines organizing, leadership development, services, and policy advocacy in order to improve the lives of immigrant workers in low-wage industries in Koreatown and build a foundation for social change.