Join the Collab Lab!

DRF is excited to announce that applications are now open for the second cohort of Collaboration Lab, a partnership between Danville Regional Foundation, Healthy Places by Design and the Tamarack Institute.  

At DRF, we fundamentally believe in the power of collaboration to transform our region. We are committed to supporting the structures, networks and connections that lift up community voices, bring people together to tackle our communities’ challenges and ultimately make this a great place to live.

This work doesn’t happen without dedicated people who work tirelessly to make a difference in our region. We know community members are already forming innovative collaborations to create change, with the understanding that no one person, organization, or even system can make the changes we want to see alone.

DRF wants to partner with community members to create a culture of collaboration in the Dan River Region.

With that in mind, we’re recruiting for a second cohort of Collaboration Lab, a ten-month opportunity to come together with other regional leaders from a variety of disciplines to share and discover the best strategies for creating and strengthening collaborative networks.

The Collaboration Lab is designed as a learning journey to

  • Build cross-sector relationships,
  • Enhance collaborative leadership skills,
  • Practice innovative approaches and
  • Uncover strategies for meaningfully engaging people in a sustained collaboration.
  • The program will include the opportunity to complete a planning sequence for a new collaboration or enhance an existing collaborative effort, with the help of national experts and local peers.

We hope that we all will emerge from the program with a deeper understanding of the ways we can implement the most impactful strategies within our context for change, and join the growing network of local ambassadors for collaboration.

We invite interested parties to apply for the second cohort of Collaboration Lab. Please see the program description for more information.

Applications will be open until August 13 and the second Collab Lab cohort will be selected by August 20.

We hope to create a diverse and representative group from multiple sectors. If we have more applicants than we can include, there will certainly be other opportunities to be involved in the upcoming year.

The program will launch on September 14. If you are interested, please fill out this brief survey to apply.  


Questions? Contact Annie Martinie at