Friends of Breakthrough Schools is a non-profit development and advocacy organization. Friends of Breakthrough is responsible for closing the gap in public funding needed to provide quality education to thousands of children in Cleveland each year, as well as working with community, business, and political leaders to build city-wide support for high-quality public school options for all children in Cleveland.
The 2 1/2 Minute Video
Equity in Education
Our latest video - was released at this year's Breakthrough BASH! Check out our scholars and the importance a high quality education has in creating positive change.
Join for Updates
Are you a young professional looking to make an impact on Cleveland?
Click here to learn about the Friends of Breakthrough Schools Emerging Leaders group leading the charge. Get involved today!
Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow
Please enjoy this story of Parice as she goes from dreaming about launching rockets to actually doing it!
Belief, Passion, Courage, Commitment
Breakthrough students are up for any challenge! And, our educators provide the guidance and support needed to be successful in life.
Meet Our Alumni
Follow four class of 2017 students, 6th grade through college, in these short vignettes.
Dreams are being realized. Listen to the journey of Celeste, a Breakthrough alum, college graduate, and active Cleveland citizen!
Our Alumni are such a big help in motivating and encouraging our scholars!
Semper Virens Legacy Society
The Semper Virens Legacy Society was established to recognize individuals who have made a long-term commitment to Breakthrough Schools and was created in concert with the recent formation of the Friends of Breakthrough Schools Legacy Fund of the Cleveland Foundation.
If you would like to learn more about legacy giving, which helps to ensure long-term financial stability through the preservation and investment of dollars for future benefit, click here or reach out to Susan Ertle.
Friends Board of Directors
Karen Long Cascio
Erin de la Mare
Mike de Windt
Celeste Kamasa Scott
George von Zedlitz
LIFETIME BOARD MEMBERS
Jeanette Grasselli Brown l David Gunning l Walter Kalberer l Michael Merriman l Bridget Moreno l John Sinnenberg
Friends of Breakthrough Office
(PLEASE NOTE NEW BLDG AND SUITE)
Phone: (216) 539-9349
3615 Superior Avenue
Building 44, Suite 4403D
Cleveland OH 44114
John Zitzner, President
Susan Ertle, Executive Director
Timothy Mann, Senior Advancement Officer
Karen Solomon, Senior Director of Annual Fund
Kelly Berg, Senior Director of Engagement
Colleen O'Brien, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations
Melodee McCrodden, Director of Annual Fund Operations and Stewardship
Kelly Clifford, Advancement Coordinator
Lisa Whitesell, Grants Administrator