Holiday Season Giving

Your gift to Breakthrough’s Student and Family Support Fund is a lifeline for students when they need it most. Every contribution eliminates financial barriers for students impacted by difficult times, helping them with housing stability, transportation, food security, and mental health resources. Your support will provide students and their families with a safety net as they work hard to achieve their educational goals.

Dear Friends of Breakthrough,

As 2023 draws to a close, I reflect on the remarkable journey our Breakthrough students have taken this year: from sixth graders embarking on their path to college and high schoolers exploring postsecondary options, to 21 college graduates who will cross the stage this December. 

Every student is dedicated to joining Breakthrough’s 331 first-generation college graduates – but for some, unexpected financial hurdles can derail college dreams. Today, we extend a special request that holds profound significance for students and their families on their college path.

Will you make a difference in the lives of Central Texas families by contributing to Breakthrough’s Student and Family Support Fund? 

This fund serves as a safety net for students encountering unforeseen challenges, addressing a myriad of needs ranging from mental health services, grocery and housing assistance to tuition, legal aid, and technology support. All students deserve to have their basic needs met as they work tirelessly to achieve their educational goals.

Partnering closely with our students for more than a decade has been a deep privilege, allowing me to witness their triumphs, connect with their families, and address their unique needs. In my role as the Chief Strategy Officer at Breakthrough, I am closely involved with the allocation of the Student and Family Support Funds and have witnessed firsthand the transformative power they hold…

Students facing food insecurity on a Friday can receive a grocery gift card the same day, ensuring they don’t experience hunger over the weekend.

Students dealing with grief can be connected quickly to mental health counseling.

And students facing eviction can recieve rent support so they stay safely housed.

Many student support funds respond to emergency needs and crisis situations, like the examples listed above. All student support funds provide timely intervention when other community resources are unavailable, eliminating financial barriers so students can focus on school. 

We need to raise $200,000 by December 31st to provide direct relief to Breakthrough students and families facing urgent needs. As someone who follows Breakthrough’s mission with care, thank you for your support.

It is with gratitude that I ask you to consider a gift to safeguard college dreams. The Student and Family Support Fund steps in when a student’s determination alone cannot overcome financial obstacles, fortifying their educational path. Will you join me in making a difference for our students, their families, and future generations?

 Ensure your gift is eligible for a 2023 tax deduction! See deadlines below:

Stock donations must be transferred by your firm/broker by Friday, December 29th

Wire transfer donations must be received by Friday, December 29th

Check donations must be postmarked by Saturday, December 30th

Online donations must be made on or before midnight on Sunday, December 31st

With sincere appreciation,

Andrea Guengerich Harper

Chief Strategy Officer


Give By Mail

Mail your tax-deductible gift to Breakthrough Central Texas, 1050 E. 11th Street, Suite 350, Austin, TX 78702


Tribute Gift

Make a gift in the name of, or in honor or memory of a loved one. 


Donor Advised Fund 

Request a grant from your donor advised fund for Breakthrough, EIN: 74-2991346


Gift of Stock

Make a gift of your appreciated securities to avoid capital gains tax and enjoy a charitable income tax deduction. If you plan to transfer a gift of stock to Breakthrough, please complete this notification form so we can properly credit your gift to you.


Wire Transfer

Please contact our Development Team at donations@breakthroughctx.org to request account information to make your gift via wire transfer.


Remember Breakthrough in Your Will

Interested in helping students realize their college dreams beyond your lifetime? Structure your will to provide for your family first; then include a gift to the charitable organizations you love. A simple sentence and meeting with an estate planning attorney are all it takes. The following is an example of wording that may be used to name Breakthrough as a beneficiary of your last will and testament. Your gift may be a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. 


“I, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise and bequeath to Breakthrough, [federal tax ID #74-2991346], [written amount or percentage of estate] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

For questions or to connect directly with a member of our Development Team, please contact donations@breakthroughctx.org.