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APPLICATION OPEN FOR THRIVE: An Accelerator for Social Good

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

COHORT 4 : Sept 13-Nov 8, 2022.

Applications open NOW-Aug 8, 2022

WHEN: 9 sessions, 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.

Cost: $150. Space is limited!

Virtual Information Sessions

Tuesday, June 28: 5:30-6:30pm

Monday, July 11: 12:30-1:30pm

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Program covers 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.

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.


  • 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 UTurn

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