Friday, May 24, 2024



From Breakthrough Greater Boston, May 28: Breakthrough Greater Boston was selected last month as one of 100 local nonprofits to get a grant of $100,000 from the Cumming Foundation’s $100k for 100 program – the biggest single institutional investment yet for the nonprofit. Breakthrough, which helps under-resourced students get to four-year colleges and trains teachers for work in urban areas, was chosen from more than 430 applicants.

“The Cummings Foundation is very committed to the local communities where the staff and clients of the Cummings Organization live and work. We are delighted to support very worthy nonprofits like Breakthrough Greater Boston that are working tirelessly for the benefit of the people they serve,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director.

The support from the Cummings Foundation will help BTGB double the number of students and teachers served in its program as BTGB expands from Cambridge into Dorchester. The partnership also supports programs to help move low-income students into careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math and provides tutoring and support services to help students get into and succeed in four-year college.

“This is the largest institutional investment in Breakthrough Greater Boston’s history and comes at a critical point in our organization’s evolution,” said Elissa Spelman, executive director of Breakthrough Greater Boston. “We are now in our second year of a six-year expansion into Dorchester to double the number of low-income students and aspiring educators we serve annually. Having a leadership investment from the Cummings Foundations at this time will help both expand and enhance Breakthrough’s impact, ultimately getting more kids on the path to college and training more college students for careers in education.”

Now in its third year, the $100K for 100 program awards $10 million in grants annually to nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. This year’s recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including education, health care, hunger relief and homelessness prevention. The complete list of grant award winners are posted here.