Friends of Breakthrough Schools

Our commitment to education is evidenced by the foundation’s signature contributions in Cleveland to Friends of Breakthrough Schools. Over the last ten years, Cleveland-Cliffs and the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation have committed over $3.4 million dollars to increase high-quality educational opportunities for underserved children in Cleveland through contributions to the non-profit, public charter school network.

In 2010, the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation made its first major gift to Breakthrough Schools when it pledged $1 million to the E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs Campus to expand and add increasing grade levels. The contribution marked the largest gift Breakthrough Schools had received to-date. Just one year later, the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation made a single contribution of $800,000.

In 2019, Cleveland-Cliffs renewed our commitment to Breakthrough and our mission to support education by pledging $1.5 million over three years to add a playground at the Cliffs campus, conduct campus renovations and to increase teacher salaries, making them more competitive with local school districts.

“Breakthrough Schools is accomplishing exactly what our leaders at Cliffs believe in: education of our city's children, who will ultimately be the future leaders in this great city.”

Lourenco Goncalves
Chairman, President and CEO
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

“The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation has provided an incredible amount of philanthropic support to Breakthrough Schools over the years, and Cleveland-Cliffs is now the largest corporate donor to our network. We are grateful for their ongoing partnership, as well as their interest in and commitment to high-quality education in Cleveland.”

John Zitzner
President, Friends of Breakthrough Schools