Support our scholars during these unprecedented times through our newly established Victory Fund
Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow
Our latest video - Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow - was released at this year's Breakthrough BASH! Please enjoy this story of Parice as she goes from dreaming about launching rockets to actually doing it!
The 2 1/2 Minute Video
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!
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 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
High-performing, non-profit public charter schools in Ohio only receive about 1/2 the funding of traditional district schools.
Friends Board of Directors
Karen Long Cascio
Mike de Windt
George von Zedlitz
Lifetime Board Members
Jeanette Grasselli Brown
Friends of Breakthrough Office
Phone: (216) 539-9349
3615 Superior Avenue, Suite 3103A
Cleveland OH 44114
John Zitzner, President
Susan Ertle, Executive Director
Timothy Mann, Senior Advancement Officer
Karen Solomon, Senior Director of Annual Fund
Katie Emerson, Director of Engagement and Donor Relations
Samantha Sopko, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations
Kelly Berg, Director of Volunteer Relations
Melodee McCrodden, Director of Annual Fund Operations and Stewardship
Sara Krane, Grants Associate
Kelly Clifford, Advancement Coordinator