May 20, 2018
Breakthrough Greater Boston Gets $500K to Spur Growth

August 22, 2017 — Breakthrough Greater Boston, a nonprofit based in Cambridge that prepares underserved students to be successful in four-year colleges and trains urban teachers, today announced it has been awarded a $500,000 grant to propel organizational growth over the next four years.

Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) said the Catalyst Grant from the Wellington Management Foundation is the largest grant it has received in its 25-year history.

The funds will support Breakthrough’s original Cambridge site, its growing Boston site, and a Somerville site that will launch this school year.

“This timely investment made by the Wellington Management Foundation is not only a founding gift for our Somerville site but will serve as a catalyst for a larger and more successful Breakthrough,” said BTGB Executive Director Elissa Spelman. "The one-time grant, spread over the next three years, will allow the organization to build its capacity to best serve our increasing number of students and teachers over time.

"The Wellington Management Foundation has been a long-standing partner to Breakthrough and played a major role in our expansion to Boston. We are immensely grateful for the foundation’s support and for their significant impact on education in the Greater Boston community.”

Founded in Cambridge in 1992, BTGB 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.

BTGB employs a model that trains high-achieving high school and college students to teach classes and help run the programs. Breakthrough Greater Boston opened its Boston site in 2013 and will serve its first class of rising seven graders in Somerville next summer.

BTGB said its out of school time programming changes students' academic trajectories and supports them along the path to four-year college. Simultaneously, BTGB builds the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment, research-based training, and coaching from master teachers.

The Wellington Management Foundation, founded in 1992 in Boston, supports programs and organizations that improve the education and educational opportunities of economically disadvantaged youth. Through annual grants and catalyst gifts, the foundation supports more than 60 education focused nonprofits in eastern Massachusetts and 10 global cities where Wellington Management has offices.

The Catalyst Giving Initiative was launched in 2015 "to help education-focused nonprofits that are showing meaningful and sustainable academic outcomes move forward in a significant way towards their strategic vision."

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