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.