Ways to Give

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. 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 inspire students and develop teachers at Breakthrough.

Ways to Give:



A cash gift entitles the donor to an income tax charitable deduction in the year in which the gift is received. Please make checks payable to The Breakthrough Manchester and mail to:
Breakthrough Manchester
2108 River Road
Manchester, NH 03104-1396


Credit Card:

A credit card gift is recognized at full cash value on the date that our business office processes the charge and it is accepted at the bank. The School accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Please call 603.621.6273 or make a secure online credit card gift on our online giving page.



In most cases, an outright gift of appreciated securities entitles the donor to an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value of the securities. In the case of securities, which have been held for more than one year, the capital gains tax is waived. Please be sure to notify the Director of Philanthropy and Communications that a transfer is coming through so your gift can be appropriately acknowledged and receipted.

To electronically transfer stock to Breakthrough Manchester, please contact:
Robert J. Boulanger
RBC Wealth Management
9 Trafalgar Square, Suite 200
Nashua, NH 03063
Phone: 603.577.4925
Fax: 603.577.4959
DTC#: 0235
Account #: 310-40782
Tax ID #: 02-0265542


Gifts in Kind:

Gifts-in-kind are non-monetary contributions given for use by Breakthrough. The Breakthrough Office assigns no dollar value to these gifts, but does furnish a gift receipt. It is the responsibility of the donor and their tax advisor to assign a value to this gift for tax purposes.


Matching Gifts:

Double or even triple your contribution! Many employers match their employees’ contributions to nonprofits. You must initiate this process through your human resources department; fill out and send us your company’s matching gift form, and we’ll do the rest!


Planned Gifts:

Planned gifts are made through bequests, trusts, insurance and annuity programs designated to build Breakthrough’s endowment and provide a tax deduction to the donor. To discuss estate planning options, please contact our Director of Philanthropy and Communications.

Breakthrough Funds


Breakthrough Annual Fund

Each year, Breakthrough must raise money 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.


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 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 Fellowship

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.

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