Leadership Giving

Breakthrough Greater Boston’s Giving Circles represent a critical source of our annual program funding and provide a foundation of  support for our students and teachers. We salute our generous Giving Circle donors for their shared vision of educational equity and their recognition of Breakthrough Greater Boston as a means to its achievement.
To learn more about leadership giving and our giving circles, contact Emma Samler, Director of Development and Partnerships at esamler@btgbmail.org | 617.349.6647

Sustainers' Circle

Multi-Year Giving Group

Sustainers’ Circle members commit to supporting Breakthrough for three consecutive years. These individuals understand the importance of the long-term investment we make in our students and make that same investment in Breakthrough. It is thanks to sustaining gifts that Breakthrough can plan for the future, develop new programming, and grow alongside our students and teachers.

Legacy Society

Planned Giving for Breakthrough’s Future
Breakthrough’s Legacy Society exists to recognize and thank individuals and families who have made a bequest or planned gift to Breakthrough Greater Boston. By becoming a Legacy Society member, you will be making an invaluable contribution to securing the future for Breakthrough and will be joining others in helping provide for generations of students and teachers to come. Your Legacy Society membership will serve as an inspiration to all who share your vision for Breakthrough’s future.

Educators' Circle

Individual Leadership Donors

Educators’ Circle members contribute $2,500 or more annually in support of our programs. The investment these major donors make in Breakthrough demonstrates a commitment to sending all young people to college, regardless of their zip code or family income and to inspiring bright, diverse college students to become teachers.

Read more about the benefits to becoming a member of our Educators’ Circle.

Our Educators' Circle Members


  • Christine Gilman and Tom Andrews
  • Hempleman Family
  • Richard and Elizabeth Cashin
  • Trudi Veldman and Robert Kamen


  • Angela and Jason Duckworth
  • Beth Grady and Duncan Spelman
  • Claudia and Peter Scott
  • Elizabeth and Melville Hodder
  • Nancy Klemm Friedman and Richard Friedman


  • Anne and Paul Goldenheim
  • Caroline Carmichael and Bill Pelosky
  • Charlotte and Herb Wagner
  • Jim and Susan Kelleher
  • Joseph and Debra Corrado
  • Paul and Wendy Rapisarda
  • Karl Bandtel


  • Anonymous
  • Barbara and Michael Eisenson
  • Charles and Miriam Wood
  • Elizabeth Adams and Clifford Lasser
  • Jeff and Maxine Saunders
  • Jeffrey and Kate Davis
  • Jeffrey Singer and Maureen Whitley
  • Jon Piskorowski
  • Marcy Crary and Tim Hall
  • Miriam McKendall and James Zachazewski
  • Rich Meelia
  • Yolanda Kodrzycki and Scott Moriearty


  • Alan Kesler
  • Amy Gips
  • Evan Gallagher and Tracey Mahoney
  • Jack and Carol O’Neill
  • Joy Lucas and Andrew Schulert
  • Lisa and Jim Mooney
  • Louise Bray
  • Margherite and Andrew Matteis
  • Melanie Forbes Goins and Jason Goins
  • Paul and Wendy Rapisarda


  • Anonymous
  • Amy Wendell
  • Andrew and G Elizabeth Reinach
  • Ann and Edwin Kania
  • Ann and Mead Wyman
  • Asya Grinberg and Alexander Ivanov
  • Baruch Ticho and Allison August
  • Brian Linde
  • Carl Adam Carte
  • Daniel Cordeau
  • David and Susan Rockefeller
  • Edwin Johnson and Susan Lenn Johnson
  • Janet and David Offensend
  • Jim Moses
  • Jochen Salfeld
  • Kenya and Jennifer Rutland
  • Lenore Cowen and William Bogstad
  • Michael and Sue-Ellen Haynes
  • Peter and Babette Loring
  • Peter Cory and Maxine Creanza
  • Robert Tepper
  • Stephen Murphy
  • Terence and Sabrina Sanz
  • Troy and Lara Butner
  • William O’Reilly

Breakthrough Ambassadors

Annual Giving Group

Breakthrough Ambassadors contribute $1,200 or more annually in support of our programs.  Join a group of dynamic and committed individuals whose loyal support is critical to Breakthrough’s growth. Each Breakthrough Ambassador puts one teacher through Breakthrough’s high‐energy, rigorous teaching fellowship for one summer.

Read more about the benefits to becoming a Breakthrough Ambassador.

Our Breakthrough Ambassadors


  • Acheson Callaghan
  • Alan Dworsky and Suzanne Werber Dworsky
  • Alexis Belakouskiy
  • Barbara and Dick Currier
  • Ann Berman and Samuel Spektor Jr.
  • Anthony and Stephanie Froio
  • Barbara and Dick Currier
  • Brad Howarth and Dave Bastien
  • Bruce Ledoux
  • Cassandra and Douglas Scarano
  • Chris McCullough
  • Chung Ming Hsieh
  • David and Anna Goldenheim
  • David and Kathy Bryson
  • Derek Whitney
  • Don Hawley
  • Edward Hoff and Kathleen O’Connell
  • Elizabeth and Frederick Schwarz
  • Greg Murdock
  • Helene Solomon
  • Hunter Kass
  • J. Dayne Lamb and Gardner N. Stratton
  • Jacob and Barbara Brown
  • Jeff Jacobson
  • Joan and Charlie Hunt
  • Joe Maguire
  • John and Louise Stebbins
  • Katherine Finnerty
  • Katherine Metcalfe and Langdon Wheeler
  • Kathryn Miranda
  • Kristina and Patrick Lyons
  • Linda Greenberg
  • Lori and Kenny Likis
  • Mark and Kimberly Campbell
  • Max Follettie and Lioudmila Tchistiakova
  • Mike Burnes
  • Michael Timmons
  • Michelle Lower
  • Mino Fujii-Kamiyama and Kuni Kamiyama
  • Molly and Jeffrey Millman
  • Rachel Meyers
  • Robert McCarron
  • Sara and John O’Toole
  • Shaun Berry and David Bernick
  • Steven Cok
  • Thomas Kayola
  • Judy Bose

Investors' Circle

Corporate, Foundation and Governmental Leadership Investors


Investors’ Circle members contribute $5,000 or more annually in support of our programs. Our relationships with institutional investors are mutually beneficial and often multifaceted. Partnerships include employee volunteering, donation of program and event space, hosting summer interns, and more. Strong, broad based institutional support is essential to underwrite our growth across three cities. Leadership from institutional supporters, both local and national, provides a powerful endorsement of our mission and serves as a catalyst for broader community investment.

Our Investors' Circle Members


The Biogen Foundation§



Wellington Management Foundation§



  • Alexandria Real Estate Equities
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • FAO Schwarz Family Foundation§
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Llewellyn Foundation§
  • Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation
  • State Street Foundation
  • The Kraft Family Foundation§


  • BoSTEM§
  • Cambridge Community Foundation
  • CIC 
  • Google
  • Life Science Cares§
  • The Merck Foundation
  • Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
  • Schrafft Charitable Trust
  • WilmerHale
  • Vertex Foundation


  • Boston Scientific Foundation
  • National Development / Charles River Realty Investors
  • Newmark
  • Minnie Parker Charitable Trust
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • The Richmond Group


  • 484 Phi Alpha Foundation
  • Amgen Foundation
  • Avison Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Boston Properties
  • BR+A
  • Cambridge Agassiz Harvard Fund
  • Cambridge Trust Company
  • CBRE New England
  • Columbia
  • DivcoWest
  • Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation
  • Jay Calnan & associates
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mifflin Memorial Fund
  • Moses Kimball Fund
  • Northstar Project & Real Estate Services
  • Orville Forté Charitable Foundation
  • Robins Kaplan
  • Spagnolo Gisness & Associates Inc.
  • Third Rock Ventures


  • AHA Consulting Engineers
  • DENS Facility Services
  • Boston Properties


  • BioMed Reality
  • Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
  • Campanelli
  • Colliers International
  • Earth2
  • Eastdil Secured
  • EY
  • Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc.
  • Perkins + Will
  • VPNE Parking Solutions
  • Wayfair


  • BioMed Realty Trust, Inc.
  • BR+A
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Clarke Distribution Corp
  • Eastern Bank
  • Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Foundation Medicine
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Hubspot
  • Haley and Aldrich
  • Kendall Square Association
  • People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts


§Indicates recognition for cumulative giving of a multi-year gift.

Thank you to our Lead Sponsor: