The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is now accepting applications to its 2023 Advancing Development program, an offering of our Social Impact Institute.

Advancing Development is a six-month program designed to support four to five nonprofit directors of development in honing and refining their fundraising skills. Through weekly individual coaching by renowned fundraising expert David Cooper, and monthly cohort group learning sessions, participants will strengthen knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of donor engagement, fundraising strategy, development best practices, and creation of development plans.

Advancing Development is made possible by our program sponsor, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Program Design

  • Individual coaching sessions every other week with participants and David Cooper for six months
  • Monthly group cohort sessions with all participants, facilitated by David Cooper, for six months
  • Individual weekly coaching sessions will be held by Zoom or phone; monthly group cohort sessions will be held virtually by Zoom
  • Participation will be limited to four to five individuals
  • Participant fee: $500 per participant

Eligibility and Commitments

  • Participants must specifically be either 1) a director of development or in a development position and able to demonstrate that their primary job responsibilities are related to development and fundraising, or 2) an Executive Directors/CEO who is chiefly responsibility for their organization’s fundraising and development, should the organization have no development position on staff. Priority will be given to directors of development for program admission and to applicants who did not participate in the 2022 Advancing Development Cohort.
  • Eligible participants must work for an organization serving Loudoun County with priority given to organizations with a physical presence in Loudoun.
  • Participants commit to attending bi-weekly (every other week) coaching sessions and monthly cohort sessions between September 2023 and February 2024.
  • Applications must be submitted to Nicole Acosta at [email protected] by Tuesday, September 5, 2023. The application may be downloaded below. Applications must include a copy of the applicant’s position description from their organization that details their job duties.
  • Applicants will be notified of their participation in the program by September 11, 2023. Applicants selected for participation will then receive an invoice for immediate payment of the program fee.

Group Cohort Session Dates

  • Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 13, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 3, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 5, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 9, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Participants must commit to attending all six cohort sessions. Monthly group cohort sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Individual coaching sessions every other week will be scheduled directly with participants once accepted into the program and will begin in September.

Application Form


Contact Nicole Acosta at [email protected].

About David Cooper
David Cooper has held nonprofit leadership roles for more than 30 years, generating more than $500 million for the organizations he has served. He specializes in principal and major gift philanthropy and attributes much of his fundraising success to effective prospect development and management. David has brought his expertise in achieving challenging goals and objectives across various industries including higher education, environmental and conservation, and human services.

David served as Vice President of The Compass Group five years before retiring from his role in June 2023. Prior to joining The Compass Group, David served as vice president of individual giving for the National Recreation and Park Association. In this role, he created a successful individual giving program from the ground up. He has also held senior development positions with multimillion fundraising goals at prestigious institutions including the Gettysburg Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Land Trust Alliance, and George Mason University. David holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree from Campbell University.

Advancing Development Sponsor
Advancing Development is made possible by the generosity of

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation