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THRIVE Cohort 4 

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The THRIVE accelerator program provides an opportunity to look beyond current challenges and obstacles and plan out a direct and streamlined path forward. Organizations will spend concentrated time planning and executing real-time solutions with guided facilitation. We will utilize accelerator techniques to build a cohort-responsive program. 


THRIVE was created through collaboration between The Collaboratory of Virginia at UTurn and The Spark Mill.

New cohort members to be announced soon


WHEN: 9 weeks. Tuesdays 8:30-10:30am. Sept 13 - Nov 8, 2022. Demo day: Nov 15 evening.

WHERE: In person at The Collaboratory of Virginia at UTurn, 2101 Maywill St.


WHO: 4-5 people in staff/board team of your choosing. Executive Director and at least one Board member must attend all sessions. 

WHAT: Cover core nonprofit building blocks like mission/vision/values, impacts and outcomes, engaging stakeholders, sharing your story, and theory of change, but also invites participants to consider these differently than they ever have.


Cost: $150

Space is limited!


Team Driven
Mentor Guided
Challenge Specific
Mission Focused


  • Network with varied organizations  

  • Input and guidance of mentors

  • Dedicated time to be strategic with staff and board 

  • The work is buildable, and you end with an actionable plan 

  • $1000 award at completion

  • Free membership and coworking at CVA

Cohort 4 Details

Teams:  Nonprofits with the time and capacity for strategic thinking, who have a specific hurdle they want to clear to get to the next level of impact with the community. This is NOT for organizations in crisis.


Area of Focus:  Each session incorporates content and exercises to help teams address a specific challenge. Sessions are facilitated by experienced industry leaders and include concept introduction, breakout sessions, networking, follow up assignments, and regrouping to share progress.

Mentors: Each team will have access to a group of mentors who provide support each week. Mentors come from a wide variety of sectors and provide an outside perspective along with general coaching in the work. Want to be a mentor? Fill out our Interest Form.

Demo Day:  Community-building pitch event where teams celebrate their work and tell their story and impact to funders, colleagues, and supporters from across sectors and the region.


Virtual Information Sessions

Tuesday, June 28: 5:30-6:30pm. Sign Up.

Monday, July 11: 12:30-1:30pm. Sign Up.


“We started trying to solve this one thing, but we identified a million other things we know are happening but don't have the time [to address].

The exercise and this time are valuable to us because we’re able to take these holistic looks at our organization.”

Tropical Leaves

“It's a great opportunity to really put aside the day-to-day and focus on strategy.”


"Since attending THRIVE, we have revamped our board bylaws and committees and hired a third staff member.


We wouldn’t have prioritized these pressure points if we hadn’t identified them during the accelerator. “ 

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