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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: Founded in 1990, The Steppingstone Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs that prepare underserved students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels with effective preparation and support, Steppingstone programs emphasize rigorous standards and achieve meaningful results.

Results: 99% of Scholars who complete The Steppingstone Academy graduate from high school, 92% enroll at four-year colleges, and more than 80% earn their degree from a four-year college within six years.

Target demographics: Steppingstone supports families who dream of college for their children, but face serious obstacles. The average income for Steppingstone Academy families is less than $40,000 a year. Steppingstone Scholars commit in 4th or 5th grade to the hard work necessary to graduate from college. They enjoy challenges, thrive among other motivated classmates, and are typically the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,600 Scholars and their families

Geographic areas served: Boston

Programs: The Steppingstone Academy, the College Success Academy, the National Partnership for Educational Access

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a Steppingstone Scholar in 2001. For the past 15 years, Steppingstone has played a monumental role in each chapter of my academic life. I wouldn't have made it to this point without the organization, the teachers, and the employees. I will be forever indebted. Thanks Steppingstone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can comfortably say that The Steppingstone Foundation played an integral in preparing me and many of my older siblings for the sometimes very difficult transition from attending a public vs. private school. Since completing our middle and high school experiences, we have all maintained a connection with the Steppingstone family via very active and welcoming Alumni outreach activities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A program to prepare students for some of the best high schools and , more importantly, the difficulties of life. The teachers and administrators genuinely care about the students and want to see them achieve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was accepted to Steppingstone after my mom moved to Boston from the Bronx in search of better educational opportunities. As a fifth grader, I was a little hesitant to join a 14-month program that only seemed like additional school but little did I know that Steppingstone would change the course of my life. Steppingstone became a second family for me where I would receive academic and social support. Steppingstone teachers and advisors always believed in me and encouraged me to fight for my dreams. There aren't words to explain the impact that Steppingstone has had on my life and I will be forever grateful to them.

Jasmine26

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit changed the trajectory of my life. Being an inner city minority student I wouldn't dream of some of the opportunities I've been afforded.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a Steppingstone Scholar from 1994-1996. It was the most significant and formative educational experience of my life. It is the reason why I was able to attend a private school and later on one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. Steppingstone is a high impact non-profit that is filling a critical gap in the education inner city children receive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My teacher invited me to this program and it changed my life. They were able to provide me not only the knowledge to be successful at my exam school but provided me everything from rides, uniforms, book bags and encouragement all through the way till college. I recommend this program to anyone who looking for a chance to be successful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I entered into Steppingstone in 1999/2000. I was nine years old and my parents wanted me to have a better chance to receive a greater education. They enrolled me in Steppingstone. Over the next two summers and one school year, I was prepared for that better education. More importantly I was pushed and inspired to become a better me. I still have the letter I wrote to myself before leaving the program at Boston Latin Academy. I am proud to say that I made my child-self proud! Going to Steppingstone prepared me to take on and graduate from Boston Latin School. It taught me test taking skills and LATIN to do wel on the entrance exam, SATs, and even GRE. It gave me some of the longest lasting friendships and networking circle that I have today! I am happy that Adrian was my buddy on that Saturday as I went to take that test at the Holland School to get into Steppingstone. I am a proud graduate of 2001! A veteran of the summer talent shows. A past participant in the Saturday Study Halls and someone who is forever grateful to this program for giving a bright girl from Roxbury the chance to shine!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Steppingstone has impacted my life in so many ways, it could take a lifetime to explain it all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There isn't another foundation like Steppingstone and I don't think there ever will be. No other educational experience that I've had since or that I had before compares to the Steppingstone experience. They were rigorous yet supportive, and they always balanced high expectations and accountability with just as much personal attention. Despite the fact that I've always been talented, I don't know if I would have made it to college if I hadn't gone to Steppingstone.

It's been more than 20 years and they still keep in touch with me. And on the occasions that I've seen or talked to Mr. Danziger (the co-founder) over the years, he's treated me with the same level of familiarity and warmth, even though it's been 22 years.

I truly love these people and I remember mostly every name and face of the teachers I had at Steppingstone; their impact was so lasting. This organization does what they say they will do.