Breakthrough Collaborative, the umbrella organization for Breakthrough sites across the country, recently announced a $5 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the largest single donation in its 42-year history. This transformational investment will support Breakthrough’s long-term work to create a pipeline of talented and diverse educators and leaders to ultimately improve equity and outcomes in education.

“We are honored and grateful for MacKenzie Scott’s support of the incredible work of our affiliate network, instructional coaches, national staff, and leadership. This gift is also a testament to our excellent Breakthrough Teaching Fellows, past and present,” said Vince Marigna, CEO of Breakthrough Collaborative. 

“Investing in the teacher workforce will be central to education recovery and supporting the academic needs and well-being of students,” he added. “This funding will allow Breakthrough to continue our decades-long work to increase access to the teaching profession for underrepresented students and propel future educators on their path to the classroom. We applaud Ms. Scott’s trust-based approach to philanthropy, and are grateful she has joined a growing group of long-time and new supporters who make our education equity mission possible.”

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