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 $10,000 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


  • Ann Gallo §
  • Christine Gilman and Tom Andrews §
  • Caroline Carmichael and Bill Pelosky §
  • Jeff Saunders and Maxine Rojas Saunders §
  • Joseph and Debra Corrado §
  • Trudi Veldman and Robert Kamen §


  • Angela and Jason Duckworth §
  • Anne and Paul Goldenheim
  • Elizabeth and Melville Hodder§
  • Jon and Beth Piskorowskib §
  • Marcy Crary and Tim Hall §
  • Melanie Forbes Goins and Jason Goins §
  • Micahel and Barbara Eisenson §
  • Richard and Elizabeth Cashin Family Fund





  • Duncan Spelman
  • Jeffrey and Kate Davis §
  • Jim and Susan Kelleher §
  • Lisa Fiering §
  • Louise Bray §
  • Martin and Antoinette Hayes §
  • Paul and Wendy Rapisarda
  • Terence and Sabrina Sanz §
  • Yolanda Kodrzycki §


  • Elizabeth Adams and Clifford Lasser
  • Emily Newmann
  • Lake View Fund
  • Laurie Family Foundation
  • Mike and Janis Weilheimer
  • Miriam McKendall and James Zachazewski
  • Molly and Jeffrey Milman

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

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

$5,000+Alexander Ivanov and Asya GrinbergBaruch Ticho and Allison AugustClaudia and Peter ScottHarriet CraryKatharine Bradbury and Phil MossMartin Murphy and Jill ReillyMax Follettie and Lioudmila TchistiakovaRich MeeliaAmy and John WendellRobert DeFrantzSuzanne NissenWilliam and Lia PoorvuWilliam and Mary-Jo Hannigan








$2,500+Andrew and G Elizabeth ReinachAndrew ReschovskyAnn and Mead WymanBrad and Meredith SherwinBrad Howarth and Dave BastienBrian LindeDaniel KamenDavid and Susan RockefellerEdwin Johnson and Susan LennJ. Dayne Lamb and Gardner N. StrattonJack and Carol O’NeillKathryn and Michael MirandaMarl AlbrechtMichael HaynesNoelle DanaheyPeter Cory and Maxine CreanzaRutherford PascalSuzanne Werber DworskyYu-Tzu Tai and Chung-Ming Hsieh






$1,200+Barbara PietteCassandra and Douglas ScaranoDebra MaconeDoug and Judy WeinstockI-Ping Joseph ChanJames TimmonsJochen SalfeldKara BixbyMartin HolloranMichelle LowerMino and Kuni  KamiyamaPeter and Babette Loring









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 §
  • Takada Pharmaceuticals Foundation §


  • Anonymous §
  • BoSTEM §
  • Cummings Foundation §
  • Hologic Charitable Foundation
  • Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation §
  • Schrafft Charitable Trust §
  • The Philanthropic Initiative §
  • Wellington Management Foundation §


  • Alexandria Real Estate Equities
  • Amelia Peabody Foundation
  • Baupost Group, LLC
  • Boston After School and Beyond
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • FAO Schwarz Family Foundation §
  • Google/ The Tides Foundation
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Llewellyn Foundation §
  • Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • State Street Foundation
  • The Boston Foundation §
  • The Gates Foundation
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley


  • Akamai Charitable Foundation
  • Cambridge Community Foundation
  • CIC §
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
  • Sanofi Foundation


  • 484 Phi Alpha Foundation
  • Accenture
  • Amgen Foundation
  • Clinton H & Wilma T Shattuck Charitable Trust
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mifflin Memorial Fund
  • Minnie Parker Charitable Trust
  • Moses Kimball Fund
  • Newmark
  • Orville Forté Charitable Foundation
  • Spagnolo Gisness & Associates Inc.
  • The New England Revolution Foundation
  • Third Rock Ventures


  • AHA Consulting Engineers
  • Bard, Rao, and Athanas Consulting Engineers
  • BioMed Realty Trust, Inc
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
  • Cambridge Trust Company
  • Children’s Hospital of Boston
  • City of Cambridge
  • EY
  • KPMG U.S. Foundation
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc.
  • Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Tyton Partners
  • Young Authors Foundation

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




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