Breakthrough Greater Boston Awarded $100,000 Cummings Grant 

Education nonprofit serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston communities receives Cummings Foundation grant

BOSTON, May 18, 2020 – Breakthrough Greater Boston has received a four-year, $100,000 grant through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant program. The organization, now serving over 500 students annually since expanding into Somerville from Cambridge and Boston, is one of 130 nonprofits to receive the grant award. Breakthrough was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

Founded in Cambridge in 1992, Breakthrough Greater Boston is a year-round, tuition-free program that offers six years of academically intensive out-of-school time services to highly motivated, traditionally underserved middle and high school students in Greater Boston. Unique to Breakthrough is the Students Teaching Students model, which offers diverse, high achieving college and high school students the opportunity to teach middle and high school classes, while benefiting from professional mentorship and research-based instructional training.

Breakthrough’s Board Chair Melanie Goins recently described the meaningful relationship between the Cummings Foundation and Breakthrough: “There are many things that make the Cummings Foundation special. One that has stood out for us is that they regularly award multi-year gifts. For an organization committed to being in young people’s lives for six years, this resonates! We, too, need partners to believe in and commit to us for the long term…we are proud that the Cummings Foundation believes in the promise of our young people and has decided to partner with us so that we can grow the impact of Breakthrough.”

About Breakthrough Greater Boston
Breakthrough Greater Boston transforms urban education for students and teachers. Through six years of intensive, tuition-free, out of school time programming, Breakthrough changes students’ academic trajectories and supports them along the path to four-year college. Simultaneously, Breakthrough builds careers in education through an unparalleled teacher training program for college-aged students that features competitive recruitment, research-based training, and daily coaching from master teachers. Breakthrough’s unique Students Teaching Students model inspires college students to become the next generation of urban educators and students to become college graduates.

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About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at