In 2019, we put forward The Breakthrough Challenge – a $10 million campaign to propel us toward a new North Star: to move the needle on educational equity by doubling the number of college graduates from Central Texas’s low-income communities.

186 generous community members accepted our challenge, stretching their investment in Breakthrough just as our students stretch courageously every day to create new possibilities for themselves and their families.

Today, as a result of this campaign, we have tripled the number of first-generation college graduates, doubled the number of students served, and multiplied our impact. With your support, we can proudly say that Breakthrough Central Texas has become the leading college access and success nonprofit organization in Central Texas.

As we celebrate the profound success of The Breakthrough Challenge, let’s take a moment to look back.


About the Final Report Book Cover

Salvador Gloria-Moreno is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with a UTeach certification. During his first semester in college, Salvador created this self portrait, entitled “Luminous Opportunity,” for a Breakthrough art competition. It celebrates the Breakthrough advisors who have been “beacons of light” in his life – guiding him and other students on their educational journey and providing a safe space where they can express themselves, be themselves, and grow as individuals. In 2020, this artwork was gifted to every donor who invested in The Breakthrough Challenge, as a small token of our gratitude for the countless opportunities you have unlocked for Salvador and thousands more Breakthrough students. Upon graduation, Salvador hopes to pursue a career in education himself, so that he can be that beacon of light for the next generation of young people following in his footsteps.

Special thanks to our Matching Donors:

Carolyn and Jack Long, Luci Baines Johnson & Family, Anonymous



Christie Bybee
Walt Penn
Jessica Slade, Breakthrough Founder

Honorary Co-Chairs

Gary Farmer
Senator Kirk Watson

Hannah Temple
Ted Whatley


Mayor Steve Adler
Barry Aidman
Malia & Steve Aycock
Cyndi Bock
Amber Carden
Taylor Ellison
Rosalind George
Dr. Timothy George
Staley & Jack Gray

Ricky D. Green
Carolyn & Jack Long
Diana & Gregg Lowe
Susan Lubin
Richard Marcus
Lynn Meredith
Lucy Nazro
Tiffany Nels
Karey & Chris Oddo

Virginia Potter
Jackie & Eric Price
Louise & Sergio Rodriguez
Laurel & Dudley Simmons
Richard Topfer
Christa Tuttle
Tito Vidaurri
Neil Webber


Karen Arredondo
Carlos Alpuche
Ricardo Apanco Sarabia
Ariel Barrera
Tiara Clayton
Joe Cruz
Veronica Donley
Jose Garibay-Medrano
Robert Grace
Alexandra (Allie) Kleinberg
Huy Nguyen

Giovanna Perez
Gloria Perez
Marissa Peña
Javier Ramirez
Joseph Ramirez
Daniel A. Reyes
Jeniffer Saucedo
Jasmin Vara
Amely Vela


Gary Keller and Mary Pfluger  |   Carolyn and Jack Long

Cheryl and Walt Penn  |  Neil Webber

Tejemos Foundation

Hannah Temple, Christopher Sanders, T.L.L. Temple Foundation

Anonymous • Dick Clark III Foundation • Luci Baines Johnson and Family • Diana and Gregg Lowe

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation • Fran and George Ramsey • The Smalling Family

Webber Family Foundation • Mary Garwood Yancy and Howard Yancy

Aileen and Mike Aviles • Don and Lenee Bennett • Clinton and Christie Bybee • Susan and Gary Farmer

Love, Tito’s • Lowe Foundation • Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo Margain • Anonymous

Wm. Travis Penn and John B. Wicher • Stephen M. Seay Foundation • Winkler Family Foundation

Jeanette and Ernest Auerbach • The Bock Foundation • Anonymous • Andrea and Dan Ellinor

Kelly and Scott Ferguson • Rosalind Jones George • Staley and Jack Gray • Ricky D. Green

Susan and Chris Mack • MFI Foundation • Nelson Puett Foundation • Anonymous

David and Josette Bahler • Bridger Family Fund • The Clayton Fund • Janet and David Cooper

Peter and Brooke Freeland • Jordan and Katie Jaffe • Carrie and Jeffrey McDowell

Jamie and Ruth Pennebaker Jackie and Eric Price • Brian Roberts and Sarah Mead • Judy and Hector Ruiz

Anne and Cord ShifletSteve Shook • Laurel and Dudley Simmons • Jessica Slade • Ellen C. Temple

Robert and Christa TuttleMelba and Ted Whatley • Leslie and David Wolff

Kate and Scott Abel • Austin and J’Lynn Bartlett • Lynne Rupp and Doug Brothers • Kristina and Carlos Flores

Eva Garza-Nyer and Adam Nyer • Anonymous • Diana and Sean Greenberg Family • Dr. Harry and Idona Griffith

Chris Hester Cary and Brad Johl • Matthew and Tamara Ketterman • Lindsay Maki and Tom McWalters

Susan and Richard Marcus McDowell Foundation • Laurée Moffett • Anna and Jason Near • Michael and Tiffany Nels

Valerie and Jeff Newberg • NIAnonymous • Peggy O’Shaughnessy • Sergio and Louise Rodriguez • Bryan Rollins

The Shepherd 5 Points Family FoundationMaya and Shaka Smart • Missy and Todd Smith • Charlotte A. Smith

Sugar Creek Foundation • Neal and Beth SuttonIngrid and James Taylor • Dr. Denise Villa and Jason Dorsey

Susan Wallar • Liz and Senator Kirk Watson • Kristen and Patrick Worrall

Karen and Barry Aidman • Lee and Anissa Allbritton • Paula Angerstein and Paul Grosso • Kendall and John Antonelli

Randy and Lynn Atchison Gene and Sharlene Austin • Susan and Charlie Avant • Malia and Steve Aycock

Pamela Chandler and Patrick Ousey • Allison and Marc ChavezThe Cline Family • Craig and Ann Conrad • Christina R. Corona

Mark and Ge Crozier • MC and Scott Deskins Jr. • Jill and Mark Dewey Kimberly and Timothy Dowling • Jon Driscoll

Munira Fareed and Suaad Sait • Favaron Family • Jacquetta and Lowell Feldman Anonymous • Julie Fisher

Sherrie and Dr. Robert Frachtman • Mohit and Aparna Goyal • Natalie and James Gray • Carrie and Michael Griffith

Andrea Guengerich and Elizabeth Stephens • Robyn and Rob Hargrove • Grace Holland • Jack Humphrey and Allison Cook

Willemijn and Kevin IlcisinLeslie and David Jaffe • Kerry and Temp Keller • Cathleen King Naumann • Andrew Lack • Ellen and David Lake

Jack and Jill LasersohnSusan and Craig Lubin • Stephanie Humphreys and Kevin Lucas • Sarah and Bennett Maddox

Clayton and Andrew Maebius • Daniel and Lori Mannion David and Fredericka Middleton • Melissa Muckenthaler • Lucy C. Nazro 

Heather and Jack Nelson • Linda and Paul Parrish • Shannon and Chris PeiferClayton Penn • Evelyn Penn • Holden Penn • Hudson Penn 

Brandi and Jeff Pinsker • Dan and Linda Poole • Eileen and Stephen PortnerSusanne Pringle and Dan Rodney

Dennis Quinn and Joan Cheever • Michael Ramirez and Kaitlin DeBarros • Logan Reichle • Gretchen and Daniel Scardino

Esteban Serrano • Nina Shuvalov • Clayton and Gaby Smith • Christen and Steven Steen • Dulce and Mike Stenglein

Margot and Grant ThomasJasmin Vara • Susan Vaughan Foundation • Larry and Susan Westall • Holly Wissmann and Fabian Martinez

Tammy and Edwin Young • Jacqueline Olson and Minkun Zhang

Carlos Alpuche Caceres • James Carter • Ted Chauviere • Katie and Steve Felice • Alexandra and Merritt Beck & Amanda M. Beck Foster

Rey Garcia • Cheryl and Jim George • Richard and Virginia Gorelick • Laurie and Dirk Gosda • Michele Grieshaber and Michael Klug

Herndon Family FoundationJanice L. Kolbe • Debbie and Chris Pacitti • Joseph Ramirez • Jené Shepherd • Eleanor Siff • Donnie Spier

Robert and Leslie Suffoletta • Melodie and Bob Summersett • Tere and Tito Vidaurri • Suzanne and Marc Winkelman • Lisa Womack