Other Ways to Give

Sponsor or Host a Breakthrough Event

Breakthrough holds three major community events annually:
Breakthroughs in Education (December)
The Breakthrough Gala (Spring)
Summer Celebration (August)

Sponsorships provide corporate and university partners a platform to be celebrated for their leadership in improving educational outcomes for our students and teachers.

Hosting gives dedicated individual donors the opportunity to gather their friends and colleagues for an inspiring and enjoyable event.

To learn more about our current event opportunities, contact Emma Samler at esamler@btgbmail.org.

Give by Check

Mail checks made out to Breakthrough Greater Boston to P.O. Box 381486 Cambridge, MA 02238.

Important Notice: Over the last three weeks (end of December-early January)  we experienced a disruption in mail delivery to our P.O. Box. The issue has been resolved, but if you had mail returned, please reach out to us at development@btgbmail.org and we can assist you. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!


Gift Matching

Many companies offer a matching gifts program for employees. This is a great way to increase the value of your gift to Breakthrough.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your employer match gifts?

The best way to learn more is to ask your employer if they match donations to nonprofits, and for more details about that process! 

How do I request a matching donation to Breakthrough?
  • Submit your matching gift request through your company’s intranet. They will reach out to Breakthrough for any additional information needed.
  • If your company requires a matching gift form to be filled out by the employee and Breakthrough, fill out the employee portion of the form and email the form to Emma Samler at esamler@btgbmail.org.
Here is some information you may need to complete your match request:
Additional questions? Contact Emma Samler at esamler@btgbmail.org.



Gifts of Stock

When you donate an appreciated security or mutual fund share that you have owned for more than one year, you receive a charitable income tax deduction for its full market value and may minimize capital gains tax on any increase in value of the stock since you purchased it. If you are interested in making a gift of stock or mutual funds, please contact Emma Samler, Director of Development and Partnerships at esamler@btgbmail.org. She will assist you in this transaction and answer any questions you may have.


Hold an Event to Benefit Breakthrough

Planning a fundraiser or friendraiser is a fantastic way to share our mission with friends, colleagues and other centers of influence. Whether it’s a house party, gathering at a local restaurant or gallery, an anniversary or birthday-based gathering, you can make the event your own.
Our development team will support your efforts and we’re happy to attend with program participants or alumni to share how Breakthrough has shaped their lives. 

Contact our Director of Development and Partnerships, Emma Samler, with your interest: esamler@btgbmail.org | 617.349.6647.


In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations provide Breakthrough participants with items and experiences that our limited budget cannot support. If any of the following contributions are within your reach please let us know. Thank you in advance!


  • Invite students to tour your workplace during July Career Day
  • Mentor a high school student in an unpaid summer internship
  • Provide a summer residence for a Breakthrough teacher


  • Grocery store gift certificates for after-school snacks, family nights, or annual camping trips
  • Movie, event and museum tickets to enrich the experiences of our students, teachers and families
  • School supplies, e.g. writing paper, colored paper, butcher paper, poster board, markers, tape, rubber cement, pencils, pens, binders, batteries
  • Office supplies, e.g. printer paper, file folders, labels, staplers, envelopes
  • Camping supplies, especially 4-person tents, summer-weight sleeping bags, sleeping pads and lanterns
  • Sports equipment for recess
  • Reference books for our drop-in center and college access program
  • T-passes for our college-age teachers
  • Small fun or useful gifts of any sort (puzzles, books, art supplies, games) to reward student achievement

In-Kind Donors

Thank you to the following in-kind donors for gifts contributed from our last fiscal year through the present

Alexandria Real Estate

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Anna’s Taqueria


Babson College

Bank of America

Bella Luna & The Milky Way


Blue Dragon

Boston Body Pilates

Boston Cannons

Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

Boston Red Sox Foundation

Boston University

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Bully Boy Distillers

California Pizza Kitchen

Cambridge Rotary Club

Catalyst Catering With Distinction

Charles Hotel


Christine Gilman

Claremont McKenna College

Colby College

Community Cooks

David Fox Photography

Denison University

Downeast Cider House

Earth2 Events

Elizabeth Grady and Duncan Spelman

Ernst & Young, LLP

Fidelity Investments

Flour Bakery

Frank Berkeley

Friendly Discount Liquors



Goose Eats


Ideal Wine & Spirits

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Jacob and Barbara Brown

Johns Hopkins University

JP Licks

Jules Catering

Kalamazoo College

Kendall House of Pizza

Legal Sea Foods

Lesley University

Liberty Mutual

Lissa Hodder

Lizzy’s Ice Cream

Lucky’s Lounge


Middlebury College


Mt. Holyoke College

Nancy and Richard Friedman

New England Patriots Charitable Foundation

New York University

Oberlin College

Otto Pizza

Peter Aldrich

Pinnacle Leadership Center

Purdue University

Rosa Mexicano

Rosemary Braverman

Samuel Adams

Santa Clara University

Season to Taste Catering

Smudge Ink

Sofra Bakery and Café

Star Market

Steel & Rye

Suffolk University

TechBoston Academy (Boston Public Schools)

Tufts University

United Liquors

University of Alabama

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

University of New England

University of Southern California

Vanderbilt University

Westcott Mercantile

Wheaton College

Whole Foods

Will Chrysanthos

Za Restaurant

Pro Bono Contributions

Donating your professional expertise (marketing, graphic design, photography, etc.) is a great way to help advance our work, while also gaining exposure for your company or business. Contact our Director of Development and Partnerships, Emma Samler, with your interest: esamler@btgbmail.org | 617.349.6647