Key Partners

San Francisco Day School has sponsored Breakthrough since 1993, as part of its commitment to academic excellence for all students, whether in public or private schools. SF Day makes an extensive in-kind investment, including classroom and office space, tech support, gift entry, accounting, and strategic guidance. The school also makes a yearly cash contribution. Breakthrough’s history at SF Day dates back to 1990, when a Summer Program Steering Committee comprised of parents, administrators, and Trustees was convened to explore how the school could benefit a wider cross-section of young people in the city. In the three decades since, SF Day has preserved and deepened its commitment. As a result, Breakthrough enjoys great stability and can invest resources where it matters most: in our hard-working students and aspiring teachers.

Breakthrough San Francisco is an affiliate of Breakthrough Collaborative, an Oakland-based non-profit committed to increasing opportunity for high-potential, low-income middle school students and inspiring outstanding high school and college students to pursue careers in education. Founded in 1991, Breakthrough Collaborative fosters the success of 25 affiliates nationally, providing tools and resources to help sites run high-quality programs and raising the funds needed to thrive.

San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) brings together City government, schools, and community based organizations to help San Francisco children and youth, birth to age 24, and their families lead lives full of opportunity and happiness. DCYF strives to make San Francisco a great place to grow up. A supporter of Breakthrough San Francisco since 2013, DCYF increased its commitment in 2018, investing $1.73M in Breakthrough’s programming over the ensuing five years. Breakthrough deeply appreciates DCYF’s exceptional generosity and leadership.

Bristol Myers Squibb is a leading global biopharma company focused on discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines for patients with serious diseases. The company has a presence in the Bay Area with Research & Early Development sites in San Francisco and Redwood City. The Bristol Myers Squibb team is focused on helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, hematology, immunology, cardiovascular and neuroscience. Through the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the company supports community-based programs that promote cancer awareness, screening, care and support among high-risk populations in the United States, as well as China, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa. Employees around the world work every day to transform patients’ lives through science. Breakthrough extends its deep appreciation to Bristol Myers Squibb for its support of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming during the 2020-21 school-year.

Capital Group is one of the world’s most respected asset management firms, working with its clients to invest for the long term. The organization takes a similar long-term approach to charitable giving, developing enduring partnerships with nonprofits with which its associates are meaningfully involved. The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation has funded Breakthrough’s summer academic programming since 2009. Breakthrough thanks Capital Group for its deep commitment to bettering the communities it serves.

Founded in 1997 in South San Francisco, Cytokinetics works to improve the lives of patients with debilitating diseases in which cardiac muscle performance is compromised including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Cytokinetics is likewise committed to the health of the greater Bay Area; since 2022, Cytokinetics has generously supported Breakthrough with philanthropic dollars, donated technology, and volunteer hours, as well as hosted our students for memorable career exploration visits. Breakthrough deeply appreciates Cytokinetics’ generosity.

Since 1965, Dolby Laboratories has broken ground in audiovisual technology. The company is also innovating in the social impact and sustainability space – fostering employee volunteerism, making grants to community organizations, investing in the workforce of the future and making a commitment to environmental sustainability. Dolby has generously supported Breakthrough since 2016, providing financial support, mobilizing volunteers, and hosting our students at its Mid-Market headquarters on our annual Career Day. Breakthrough truly appreciates Dolby’s investments in the community.

Life Science Cares Bay Area is a collective effort to activate the financial and human capital of the region’s life sciences industry – and partner with nonprofits – to disrupt the cycle of poverty and inequality in our community. The organization has generously supported Breakthrough since 2022, providing financial grants plus an outpouring of volunteer efforts – from assembling STEM kits and final exam care packages to hosting students for our annual Career Day. In addition, through Life Science Cares’ Project Onramp initiative, our graduates have accessed transformational summer internships in the life sciences sector. We deeply appreciate Life Science Cares’ generosity and leadership.

The Warriors Community Foundation has generously supported Breakthrough’s work since 2016. Since its founding in 2012, the foundation has made grants totaling over $8.9M, and regularly invests over $1M annually in organizations working to increase opportunity and access for underserved young people in Alameda and San Francisco Counties. A tremendous inspiration on the court, the Warriors are also making a real impact, off the court, for young people across the Bay Area.