Breakthrough Manchester is a community-supported nonprofit program. Our successes in student learning and teaching are only possible with continued support from individual, corporate and philanthropic investors who understand that we cannot afford to bypass high-potential human talent – regardless of zip code, socioeconomic status or heritage. To learn more about donations to Breakthrough Manchester, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Your support allows Breakthrough Manchester to remain tuition-free for Manchester middle school students, and to recruit and train talented young adults as the next generation of excellent teachers. There are many ways to support the students and teachers at Breakthrough. Please consider which fund fits with your charitable interest and make a gift to the program today.
To see the progress report of gifts and grants to the 2014-2015 Breakthrough Manchester Annual Fund, please click here.
Each year, Breakthrough must raise money in order to remain tuition-free for its students. Annual operating costs of the program include stipends for teachers and instructional coaches, teaching supplies, faculty training and support, food services, school year programming, and transportation.
It is a driving goal to fully endow the program, ensuring that the spirit and work of students teaching students will forever be a part of the city of Manchester. Supporting the unrestricted endowment is making a lasting commitment and investment in the program and its students.
The Joel Vargas Achievement Fund
This fund, part of Breakthrough Manchester’s permanent endowment, was established in 1996 in honor of Joel Vargas, the first Breakthrough student to become a Breakthrough director. It is a discretionary fund used to ensure that Breakthrough students are not derailed from their dreams or excluded from essential enrichment activities because of finances. The interest accrued on the fund each year supplements students’ academic experience through art classes, music lessons, summer camp, etc. The chief aim of The Joel Vargas Achievement Fund is to provide the kinds of individualized support that can make a real difference in the life of a child with limited economic resources.
Elkin Teaching Fellowships
The Elkin Teaching Fellowship, named in honor of Pauline and Martin Elkin who led a challenge campaign to establish this endowed fund, allows Breakthrough to attract high school and college age teachers who otherwise may not be able to participate due to financial constraints. Breakthrough teachers receive a Living Allowance Stipend; however, many need to earn additional money to contribute to their educational and living costs at school. Elkin Teaching Fellowships make teaching feasible for many bright and talented young people.