The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is now accepting applications to its 2024 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 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 sponsor, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Program Design

  • Individual coaching sessions twice per month with participants and David Cooper, over six months
  • Monthly group cohort sessions with all participants, facilitated by David Cooper, for six months
  • Individual coaching sessions will be held primarily by Zoom or by phone; monthly group cohort sessions will be held virtually by Zoom or in-person as specified in the schedule below.
  • 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 positions on staff. Priority will be given to directors of development for program admission. Priority will also be given to applicants from organization that have not previously participated in past Advancing Development cohorts.
  • Eligible participants must work for an organization serving Loudoun County with priority given to organizations with a physical presence or location in Loudoun.
  • Participants commit to attending two individual coaching sessions per month and monthly cohort sessions between August 2024 and January 2025.
  • Applications must be submitted to Joanne Trimmer at [email protected] by Friday, June 28, 2024 (application form can 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 July 12, 2024. Applicants selected for participation will then receive an invoice for immediate payment of the program fee.

Group Cohort Session Dates

  • Friday, August 23, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (In-Person)
  • Friday, September 22, 2024, 12:00pm – 2:00pm. (In-Person)
  • Friday, October 18, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 15, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Friday, December 20, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Friday, January 10, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Participants must commit to attending all six cohort sessions. Monthly group cohort sessions will be held virtually via Zoom or In-person as specified. Individual coaching sessions every other week will be scheduled directly with participants once accepted into the program and will begin the first week of August 2024. In-person sessions will be held at the Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center (714 East Market Street, Leesburg, 20176

Application Form


Questions? Contact Joanne Trimmer at [email protected] or 703-779-3505, x1.

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