The THRIVE accelerator program provides an opportunity to look beyond the 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 and The Spark Mill.

Here's who was accepted to Cohort 3

Applications close July 30, 2021

WHEN: 9 Sessions: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30am.

Sept 14 - Nov 9, 2021. Demo Day: the week of Nov 15, in the evening.


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


WHO: Staff/board team of your choosing. Executive Director and at least one Board member must attend all sessions.


Cost: $150


Team Driven
Mentor Guided
Challenge Specific
Mission Focused


  • Network with varied organizations  

  • Input and guidance of mentor 

  • Dedicated time to be strategic with staff and board 

  • Catapult your organization to the next level

  • $1000 award at completion, chance to win $1000 more

  • Free membership and coworking at CVA

Cohort 3 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 a mentor who walks alongside them during the process. 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.


“It was so beneficial to have our President and VP participating with staff - it provided a great connection between our Board members and our entirely new staff members. Our mentor was amazing. Loved it all!”

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“I really liked being exposed to varied topics that will help us improve our programs and take our organization to the next level.”

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I hope this program continues forever, I can see such benefit to the nonprofit community and the wider community. What a wonderful world we are building.”