Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Inc

Students Teaching Students

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Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Inc

EIN: 23-2789601


Breakthrough increases educational opportunity by focusing on the development of both students and teachers. Through academic enrichment and college access, Breakthrough prepares students who have limited educational opportunities to attend and succeed at competitive high schools and, ultimately, to envision themselves at four-year colleges. Simultaneously, Breakthrough develops future educators by providing professional teaching experiences to college students through its selective residency programs.

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Executive Director

Michelle Palmer

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Formerly known as

Summerbridge Philadelphia



Subject area info


Middle school education

College preparation

Population served info


Economically disadvantaged people


NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to solve educational inequities and the lack of representation in teachers. We also aim to solve the teacher shortage, especially in underserved areas of Philadelphia.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Students Teaching Students

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia launches talented students, beginning in middle school, on a path to college success and inspires outstanding college students to pursue careers in education.

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is different from other college success programs in many ways:

It intervenes early, recruiting students in the sixth grade – a critical time for students academically, socially and emotionally
It makes a two-year commitment ensuring that students enroll in selective high schools on the path to graduating from high school, attending and graduating from college.
It delivers rigorous college-preparatory courses in an exciting and supportive learning environment
IIt operates on an average 14:1 student teacher ratio, allowing a level of individual attention impossible in most educational settings
It engages talented college students from around the country to teach in the summer program – and to serve as role models and mentors to students
It engages talented future teachers from Greater Philadelphia college and university education programs to teach in the school year program – and to provide engaging enrichment experiences to students
It employs experienced educators as “Instructional Coaches,” providing comprehensive, hands-on training and mentorship to novice teachers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to serve students and help them reach their educational and career aspirations through our tuition-free program while striving to reach educational equity and diversity. We bring together educationally underserved, highly-motivated middle schoolers and diverse college students who aspire to be teachers in a program designed to inspire, support and establish a more equitable education system.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 21-22 Audit Report
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26.05 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$19,772 -$208,037 -$38,666 $99,945 $221,015
As % of expenses -2.5% -30.3% -7.4% 21.1% 35.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$19,772 -$209,032 -$40,371 $99,093 $221,015
As % of expenses -2.5% -30.4% -7.7% 20.8% 35.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $651,945 $475,949 $342,393 $410,170 $1,966,467
Total revenue, % change over prior year -26.3% -27.0% -28.1% 19.8% 379.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 14.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.9% 99.9% 85.9% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $788,846 $687,463 $521,377 $474,718 $628,452
Total expenses, % change over prior year -7.6% -12.9% -24.2% -8.9% 32.4%
Personnel 77.2% 80.1% 42.0% 35.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 10.1% 5.5% 6.6% 41.8% 7.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.5% 9.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.7% 14.3% 51.4% 20.7% 83.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $788,846 $688,458 $523,082 $475,570 $628,452
One month of savings $65,737 $57,289 $43,448 $39,560 $52,371
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $85,200 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $8,526 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $854,583 $754,273 $566,530 $600,330 $680,823

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.3 2.6 4.2 5.9 18.4
Months of cash and investments 5.3 2.6 4.3 6.1 18.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.4 2.4 2.4 5.2 8.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $349,879 $147,438 $183,911 $234,466 $966,044
Investments $1,138 $0 $1,553 $5,406 $6,519
Receivables $334,285 $320,697 $179,348 $12,400 $1,210,549
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $8,526 $8,526 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 11.7% 31.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.3% 3.3% 24.2% 12.5% 28.9%
Unrestricted net assets $355,634 $146,602 $106,231 $205,324 $426,339
Temporarily restricted net assets $324,235 $320,697 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $324,235 $320,697 $179,348 $15,400 $1,132,868
Total net assets $679,869 $467,299 $285,579 $220,724 $1,559,207

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Michelle Palmer

Michelle Palmer became Executive Director of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia in February 2021, the culmination of decades of work in the field of education. As a teacher and administrator at Germantown Friends School and other independent schools, Michelle works closely with students, faculty, and staff on strategic initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in education. Michelle is deeply committed to making education fair and accessible. To that end, she facilitates the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) staff development project and currently teaches a Social Justice course at GFS’s Upper School. She is a co-founder of the GFS Alumni of Color program and served as its first manager until 2020. In recent years, Michelle has shared her expertise and experience in this area by presenting at several prestigious education conferences around the country. Michelle has a Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology from Arcadia University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jason Duckworth

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/8/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/08/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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