Breakthrough’s success is due to the commitment of so many students, young and old, who crave learning and academic opportunity; however, these successes are only due to the individuals, foundations, corporations, families, and service clubs who have invested in making Breakthrough available tuition-free for Manchester’s youth. 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 full list of contributors to Breakthrough Manchester in 2013-2014, please click here.


Make your donation here via The Derryfield School website. In the notes section, please indicate that you would like your gift directed to Breakthrough Manchester.
Breakthrough Annual Fund

Each year, Breakthrough must raise money in order to remain tuition-free for its students. Annual operating costs of the program include teacher stipends, teaching supplies, faculty training and support, student and family services, middle school and high school programming, and transportation.

Breakthrough Endowment

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 strains. 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.