2012 Annual Report - The Steppingstone Foundation


2012 Annual Report - The Steppingstone Foundation


2Annual Report


We talk a lot about the things that

count here at Steppingstone. Almost

every time they meet, for instance,

Steppingstone's young Scholars recite

a pledge committing themselves to

values such as excellence and respect.

On the desk of every employee sits a

statement of the organization’s core

principles. It reads: “We are results

driven, setting and holding ourselves

to high standards.” It goes on to add:

“We work as a team with a clear and

measurable purpose.”

The decision, then, to focus this

year’s annual report on Steppingstone’s

impact came quite naturally. Since we

are measuring outcomes and tirelessly

tracking results all the time, why not

share more of them with you? Why not

demonstrate the difference our work

is making in the lives of Scholars and

their families? In school communities

and workplaces across the Boston

area? In the philanthropic aspirations

and satisfactions of donors?

Steppingstone's ambition to send

ever more students to college drives

much of what we do and, therefore,

much of what we measure. Initiatives

such as the National Partnership for

Educational Access and the College

Success Academy continue to grow

out of our stubborn desire to serve

greater numbers of underserved

students. NPEA counts more than 240

organizations as members. Only in

its second year, the College Success

Academy is bringing Steppingstone's

hallmark academic rigor, college

readiness, and support services to

scores of middle-school students

in three Boston public schools in

Allston-Brighton. Our programs and

services have expanded and extended

their reach to prepare and support

Scholars over a 10-year arc, all the

way to their college graduations.

Meanwhile, the very first Scholars to

complete a program at Steppingstone

are in their mid-30s and beginning to

write the main chapters of their adult

lives. Their stories, their families, and

their remarkable achievements are in

many ways reckoned as our own.

As you’ll see in the following pages,

we count a lot of things each year:

how many schools we partner with;

how many Scholars we admit, prepare,

place, and support; how many pencils,

books, and backpacks we need to

accomplish our work; how many hours

and dollars we spend doing it all.

In addition to all the performance

metrics, the things we count, there

are also all the people we count on–

those whose help truly advances our

transformative work: a dedicated and

experienced staff, as well as hundreds

of parents, donors, school partners,

and volunteers.

Without each of you, we could

never accomplish what we do. We

could never set so many Scholars on

the path to college, year after year.

We could never report the quantifiable

and recurring successes you’ll see

documented and celebrated in the

pages ahead. Our gratitude to you, and

to our many partners and supporters, is

just about the only thing included here

that defies measurement.

So, thank you for helping us to post

the results we have to report for 2012.

We count ourselves fortunate and we

count ourselves proud.

Brian J. Conway, Board Chairman

Michael P. Danziger, Founder

Kelly D. Glew, President & COO

Board of Directors

Amy Smith Berylson

Todd Bland

Chuck Brizius

Brian J. Conway, Chairman

Michael P. Danziger

Michael Denning

Mary Driscoll

Bart Epker

Lucy Galbraith

Thomas F. Gilbane, III

Andrew Hahn

William Helman

Allison Johnson

Darlene Jordan

Isabelle Loring

Dr. Richard I. Melvoin

A. Peter Monaco, Jr.

Mike Pascucci

Brent Edward Shay

John G. Simon

John S. Weinberg

Christina Wing-O’Donnell

Board of Advisors

Ann Coles, Ed.D.

William Fitzsimmons, Ed.D.

Chris Gabrieli

Paul Grogan

Joanna Jacobson

Thomas Payzant, Ed.D.

Karl Reid, Ed.D.

Board of Ambassadors

Pamela Albright

Julie Barron

Jennifer Berylson Block

Linda Borden

Katie Bramley

Rob Broggi

Tricia Claudy

Erin Condron

James Coughlin

Laura DeBonis

Darren Donovan

Betsy Edie

Rick Edie

Jennifer Mugar Flaherty

Jonathan Goldstein

Blair Hendrix

Scott Jaeckel

Jana Karp, M. Ed.

Gord Kluzak

Joshua Levy

Libby Mallon

Anne Mitchell

Marsha Perreault

Emily Phillips

Drew Pluhar

Christian Porter

Rachel Rock

Pixley Schiciano

Anthony Schweizer

Rob Small

Jennifer Weymouth

IFC Leadership Letter

2 Scholar Profile: Louise Barias,

The Steppingstone Academy '08,

Boston Latin Academy 2014

4 Placement Schools

4 Program Highlights

6 School Partner Profile: Mary Driscoll,

Principal, Thomas A. Edison K-8 School

College Success Academy

8 Family Profile: the Denaud

Massenat Family

10 Workforce Impact: Amanda Northrop,

Vice President, State Street Foundation

The Steppingstone Academy





12 College Graduation List

13 Gift Report

19 Donor Feature: Pixley Schiciano

20 Financial Report

% of Scholars are admitted

to independent, Catholic or

public exam schools

% of Scholars graduate

from high school

of Scholars who

graduate from

independent schools

go on to attend

four-year colleges

% of Scholars earn

degrees from four-year

colleges within six years


The Steppingstone Academy


Louise Barias '08 in her chemistry lab

at Boston Latin Academy in Dorchester.



Scholars receiving

support services

from Steppingstone



Extra days of school logged

by each Scholar in The

Steppingstone Academy


7New Scholars

enrolled in 2012

8Additional hours

of academic work

completed by

each Scholar

in the College

Success Academy

Petite and soft-spoken, Louise Barias

’08 can charm you with the low-key

manner in which she recounts her

considerable accomplishments. An

honor roll student at Boston Latin

Academy, member of the debate

team, leader in the Muslim Student

Association, and lab assistant at Brigham

and Women’s Hospital, Louise is not

only a Peer Leader with Steppingstone,

but also a Crimson Scholar at Harvard

University, where she has attended

summer classes.

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” says

the 17-year-old South End resident,

a steely focus in her eyes. “I wasn’t

always sure I was seeing the fruits

of my labor, but I can say now the

sacrifices have all been worth it.”

She hasn’t even graduated high

school yet, but Louise knows she’s

heading places where too few of

her peers will go. “Most of the kids I

went to middle school with are now

either high school dropouts or have

children already,” she points out. “In

fact, if it weren’t for Steppingstone,

I might have gone down the same

path. I doubt, for instance, I would

have known anything beyond my

own neighborhood. And I probably

would have ended up in a high school

without the resources I needed to


Instead, this burgeoning young

scientist will travel to Costa Rica this

summer to volunteer at an orphanage,

before applying to large research

universities this fall to get her degree

in microbiology. She’s already begun

visiting college campuses, thanks to

the tours Steppingstone runs. “My

parents never would have been able

to take me to the campuses I’ve

seen,” Louise notes. With help from

Steppingstone’s college services,

Louise can confidently expect to

become the first in her immigrant family

to attend college in the fall of 2014.

The scholarship she won this spring

helps assure it. The Christian A. Herter

Memorial Scholarship, which Steppingstone

helped Louise earn, guarantees

that up to half the cost of the college

of her choice will be covered.

Despite everything else she juggles,

in what passes for “free time” during

her busy junior year, Louise still

manages to tutor younger Scholars in

Steppingstone’s Saturday SMASH

program—“because I came to every

single SMASH session when I was a

young Scholar,” she explains. “And not

just for the homework help, but for

the community.”

Of the many Steppingstone services

and experiences that have enriched

Louise’s life—first, as a Scholar, then

as a Peer Leader, tutor, and volunteer—what’s

made the biggest difference?

The study skills and the Latin I

learned at Steppingstone really gave

me an advantage going into Boston

Latin Academy,” she says. “But what’s

mattered most is the support I received

afterward. I talk to my Steppingstone

Advisor all the time, and the relationship

has really grown over the years.

She’s seen me through a lot of things.

So, it’s not just the training I got and

the classes I attended—although they

did make me a more organized and

disciplined student—it’s really the

people who have carried me since.”


Changing Lives, One at a Time

42Hours of tutoring and

homework assistance

provided by Steppingstone

Steppingstone reaches all over the city of Boston to recruit, select,

prepare, and support motivated students. We serve 1,400 Scholars

each year. We do it one by one. But the numbers add up.


The Steppingstone Academy Placement Schools

Beaver Country Day School

Belmont Day School | Belmont Hill School

Boston College High School | Boston Latin Academy

Boston Latin School | Boston Trinity Academy

Boston University Academy

Brimmer and May School

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Cambridge School of Weston

Commonwealth School | Concord Academy

Dana Hall School | Dedham Country Day School

Deerfield Academy | Derby Academy

Dexter School | Fay School | The Fenn School

The Fessenden School | The Governor’s Academy

Holderness School

The Meadowbrook School of Weston

Milton Academy | Newton Country Day School

Noble and Greenough School

John D. O’Bryant School

The Park School | Phillips Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy | The Rivers School

The Roxbury Latin School | St. Mark’s School

St. Paul’s School | St. Sebastian’s School

Shady Hill School | Southfield School

Thayer Academy | The Winsor School

Xaverian Brothers High School

College Success Academy Schools

Thomas A. Edison K-8 School

Gardner Pilot Academy

Jackson/Mann K-8 School

The Steppingstone Academy

It’s hard to overstate the lasting impact

that The Steppingstone Academy

continues to have on thousands

of young people and hundreds of

institutions, well beyond the city of

Boston. Few organizations committed

to expanding educational access and

improving educational opportunities

can point to the kinds of results we

continue to see.

Scholars who complete The Steppingstone

Academy’s rigorous program of

academic preparation are 800% more

likely than their peers in a public

district high school to complete a

bachelor’s degree. It’s a fairly staggering

contrast, but the odds and the data

show that today only one in 10 ninthgraders

enrolled in a Boston Public

high school (that isn’t an exam school)

will complete a four-year

degree by the time he or she turns

25 or so. For Steppingstone Scholars,

eight out of 10 will earn a college

degree before they reach that same

age. Consider that 1,682 Scholars

have completed The Steppingstone

Academy’s 14-month-long academic

program to date, and you’ll get a sense

of what our work has achieved over

the past 23 years.

Steppingstone Scholars studied at

more than 40 independent, Catholic,

and public exam schools in the Boston

area last year. Alumni Scholars could

be found on the campuses of more

than 100 different colleges.

In 2012, more than 200 Scholars

attended The Steppingstone Academy’s

summer and after-school programs.

They came from every neighborhood

in the city of Boston and from families

with average incomes of less than

$40,000 a year. Many will be the first

in their families to attend college. But

like the hundreds of Scholars who’ve

gone before them, most will be framing

a college diploma by 2025.

College Success Academy

Launched in July 2011 with the aim

of setting more Boston public school

students on the path to college, the

College Success Academy currently

serves middle-grade students from

three partner Boston public K-8

schools: the Edison School, the Jackson/

Mann School, and the Gardner Pilot

Academy. Scholars participate in a

rigorous summer and after-school

program, based on The Steppingstone

Academy model, that begins the

summer before fifth grade and

continues through the summer after

eighth grade. Math, English/language

arts, and science are the foundation

of the curriculum, and advisors track

Scholars’ academic and social-emotional

development throughout the program.

Once in high school, Scholars will

receive support and college-readiness

services to ensure they stay on track

to graduate from high school, and

ultimately a four-year college.

In 2012, the College Success Academy

continued to post promising early

results. Scholars began to outperform

peers on several key academic measures.

During their fifth-grade year, the pilot

class of College Success Academy

Scholars made greater gains in both

reading and math than peers across

the country, according to the Measures

of Academic Progress (MAP),

a widely used diagnostic assessment

tool aligned to state standards. The

Scholars’ MAP results also demonstrated

that the College Success Academy’s

summer program is successfully

preventing summer learning loss.

In addition, the number of Scholars

achieving Advanced or Proficient scores

on the Massachusetts Comprehensive

Assessment System (MCAS) exams

increased in the spring of 2012.



The Steppingstone

Academy’s 14-month

academic program


to date

96% of College

Success Academy

Scholars qualify

for free or

reduced meals

income of

families participating

in The Steppingstone




Underrepresented students served

by the National Partnership for

Educational Access in 2012


% of College Success

Academy Scholars

are English Language


National Partnership for

Educational Access (NPEA)

The National Partnership for Educational

Access marked its fifth year by adding

36 new members in 2012, bringing

the total number of organizations it

served to 242. Launched in 2007 to

share best practices among nonprofits

dedicated to providing college access

to underrepresented students, NPEA

has steadily expanded its services

and its reach. Last year, member

organizations in 33 states helped more

than 150,000 students. NPEA’s annual

conference, held in Chicago in 2012,

drew 321 attendees who benefited

from workshops, discussions, and

practical tools for improving college

access and collaboration.

Through NPEA, organizations

like the Massachusetts Educational

Financing Authority and The Boston

Foundation can engage with and learn

from organizations such as the KIPP

Foundation, A Better Chance, and

Johns Hopkins University Center for

Talented Youth. Meaningful programmatic

improvements often result.

“Whether it’s attending one of the

local meet-ups, participating in a

webinar, having students attend a

college tour, or using the website to

connect with colleagues as passionate

about serving students as I am, NPEA

coordinates services for members

that I can’t find in any of my other

professional memberships,” says

Pamela Pleasants, Assistant Dean of

Admission, Milton Academy.


States in which NPEA

members serve students


Running a school with no extended

learning day, and more than 700

students who ride buses from as far

away as East Boston, principal Mary

Driscoll understands what it means to

have a partner like Steppingstone:

It means more students gain access

to extra academic instruction on-site.

It means students who lack resources

and live at a distance can take advantage

of a supportive community. But, most

of all, it means more students can

dream of going to college.

Steppingstone’s College Success

Academy takes students and whole

families by the hand, beginning

in fourth grade, and tells them it’s

possible to think about college,” says

the principal of the Thomas A. Edison

K-8 School in Brighton. “It creates a

core of college-minded middle-school

students, who become a leaven in the

dough of the whole school community.”

Now in the second year of its

three-year pilot, the College Success

Academy currently operates at

Driscoll’s Edison School, as well as

the Jackson/Mann School, where

additional Scholars from the Gardner

Pilot Academy also attend. Modeled

after Steppingstone’s first initiative,

The Steppingstone Academy, the

College Success Academy runs

summer and after-school programs

for middle-school students in Boston

public schools who want to ready

themselves for a college prep

curriculum in high school.

“We have this cohort of students

that spends extra time during the

summer and three afternoons a week

during the school year on academics,”

reports Driscoll. This year, nearly a

third of Edison’s fifth-graders enrolled

in Steppingstone’s rigorous program.

They begin to understand how to

become good students and how to

conduct themselves in the world,”

she observes. “This tends to rub off

on peers and the rest of the school

community. Having even a handful of

Scholars in a classroom helps teachers

get more traction with the entire class.”

But the impact the College

Success Academy has on the school

community doesn’t stop at the classroom

threshold, Driscoll points out.

“Many of our families are immigrant

families. They don’t speak English,

and they don’t necessarily understand

school culture in this country.” In

fact, more than 40 percent of Edison

students are English language learners.

The College Success Academy builds

another bridge for them. It teaches

them that college can be within reach.”





Catholic, and public

schools that partner

with Steppingstone


Alumni enrolled in

four-year colleges

Enriching School Communities

Scores of schools, colleges, and universities benefit from the

difference that Steppingstone Scholars make in their communities.

Here are a few of the ways in which we count ourselves proud.

Scholars currently enrolled

in independent, Catholic,

and public exam schools



Awards for academic,

extracurricular, and

personal achievements

received by Scholars

in 2012

Principal Mary Driscoll at the

Thomas A. Edison K-8 School in Brighton.

Scholars elected

as class presidents


Colleges currently attended

by Steppingstone Alumni

Different countries

where Scholars

were born


Financial aid dollars

awarded in 2012

by independent and

Catholic schools to

Steppingstone Scholars

and their families



Families received

financial aid

counseling from



Families attended Steppingstone’s fall

conference to learn about college

admissions, readiness, and financial aid

When the envelope from The Roxbury

Latin School arrived that cold Saturday

in March, Monique Denaud watched

anxiously as her son, Alvin, opened it,

read it, and then broke into a smile.

He’d done it. He’d gotten into one

of the most selective and storied

independent schools in Boston. And

in that moment, Alvin’s mother, who

came to Boston from Haiti, could see

a future for her son that she’d scarcely

imagined the year before.

“I never would have known this kind

of opportunity might be a possibility,”

she says.

While Alvin Massenat’s acceptance

at Roxbury Latin resulted from his own

hard work as a Steppingstone Scholar,

it is also the upshot of his family’s

tireless efforts. In addition to caring

for Alvin and his two sisters, Saika and

Atamawa, Monique works at a nursing

home in Brookline and is studying

part-time to become a registered

nurse. “Although it is sometimes hard,”

she confides, “this is the time for me

to help my kids find schools where

they have the best chance at a future.”

When Alvin began his academic

preparation with The Steppingstone

Academy last July, Monique had

hoped Steppingstone would give him

the focus and confidence he needed

to find a school that would both

challenge and nurture him. It did.

The teachers and staff at Steppingstone

were so helpful in organizing us

and making us feel comfortable looking

at different schools,” she observes.

Currently a sixth-grader at the Rogers

Middle School in Hyde Park, Alvin

will bring his love of math, guitar,

and running to the campus of RL as

a seventh-grader this coming fall.

A generous financial aid package

will help make it possible. “Without

Steppingstone, I never would have

thought about trying to afford the

cost,” notes Monique. “I can’t even

really put into words how I feel,”

she adds.

“I’m trying to give my kids the best

life possible. I had heard how great

Steppingstone was. Now, I know it’s



Alvin Massenat '13 with mother, Monique Denaud, and

sisters, Atamawa and Saika, in their home in Mattapan.

Helping Families

When Steppingstone comes into the life of a Scholar, possibilities

are changed. So are families. For generations.


Philanthropic partners like the State

Street Foundation understand the

impact Steppingstone has on Boston’s

workforce and economy. Having

supported our work for 20 years, the

foundation, and its parent corporation,

State Street Bank, have both seen the

return on their investment. They’ve

seen it in the hundreds of Scholars our

programs have helped prepare for

employment in the job markets of

today and tomorrow, and among the

ranks of State Street’s own employees,

where some young Steppingstone

alumni can now be found. Here’s how

Amanda Northrop, Vice President of

State Street Foundation, explains the

difference that Steppingstone makes:

“We have deep roots in the city of

Boston, and the focus of our work

is improving the employability and

economic self-sufficiency of vulnerable

people. That’s why the State Street

Foundation has been supporting the

work of Steppingstone since 1992.

Steppingstone’s holistic approach

and its long-term work with Scholars

assures that more young people

graduate from high school and are

prepared to apply for and make sound

decisions about college.

The impact of Steppingstone’s

work extends well beyond what

happens in the classroom, however.

It really prepares Scholars for life and

careers. Workers today need resilience,

critical thinking, and an ability to both

communicate effectively and relate to

people from a variety of backgrounds.

We need to make sure our local

communities are producing job-ready

young professionals with these

kinds of skills. Steppingstone helps

us do that.”

Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

Steppingstone’s impact doesn’t end with alma maters.

It continues in the careers of alumni and in the workplaces that

hire the qualified young professionals we help prepare.

Three alumni who worked for State Street Bank in 2012:

Donavan Brown '95

Thayer Academy 2001

Tufts University 2005

The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University,

Masters degree in International Business, 2011

Analyst, Professional Development Program,

State Street Bank

Currently Assistant Vice President,

Relationship Management Group, Brown Brothers Harriman

Kevin Tran '94

Boston Latin Academy 2000

Boston University 2004

Intermediate Associate,

State Street Global Markets

9Scholar 37

parents hired by

Steppingstone's Admission

Department in 2012

Alumni in the


Students worked

as peer leaders, teaching

assistants, and interns

in 2012

4% in law


Krystal Brooks '93

Boston Latin School 1999

University of Massachusetts, Boston 2006

Audit Specialist, State Street Global Advisors

36% of alumni work in

business or finance

21% in science,



and math

(STEM) fields

21% in education

7% in non-profit


11% in arts and


Hours of employment, jobreadiness,

and leadership training

provided to students and families

by Steppingstone in 2012

Steppingstone Scholars have graduated from the following colleges and universities:


Amherst College (2) | Babson College (4) | Barnard College (3) | Bates College | Becker College

Bentley College (2) | Berklee College of Music | Boston College (13) | Boston University (19) | Bowdoin College (4)

Brandeis University | Bridgewater State University | Brown University (7) | Bryant University (2)

Bryn Mawr College (3) | Carnegie Mellon University | Centre College | Cheyney College | The Citadel Military College

Clark University (3) | Clarkson University | Colby College | College of the Holy Cross (6) | College of Wooster

Columbia College, Chicago | Columbia College, SC | Columbia University (8) | Connecticut College (2)

Curry College (2) | Dartmouth College (7) | Duke University | Eastern Nazarene College | Eckerd College

Emerson College (2) | Emmanuel College | Endicott College (2) | Fisk University | Fitchburg State College

Florida A&M University | Fordham University (4) | Framingham State University (2) | George Washington University (5)

Georgetown University (2) | Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia State University | Gordon College

Hamilton College (3) | Hampshire College | Hampton University (3) | Harvard University (14) | Howard University

Johns Hopkins University | Johnson & Wales University (2) | Lasell College (2) | Lesley University

Maine Maritime Academy | Marlboro College | Manhattan College (2) | Massachusetts College of Art & Design (3)

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (5) | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2)

Middlebury College | Morehouse College | Mount Holyoke College | New York University (2) | Nichols College

Northeastern University (21) | Pace University | Pine Manor College (4) | Providence College | Rollins College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Rhode Island School of Design | Salem State College (1) | Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Art & Design | Simmons College (7) | Southern Connecticut State University | Spelman College (6)

Springfield College | St. Francis College | St. John’s University (2) | Stanford University | Stonehill College (2)

Suffolk University (4) | Syracuse University (7) | Temple University (5) | The New School | Trinity College, CT (2)

Trinity College, D.C. | Tufts University (8) | Tulane University | Tuskegee University | Union College

University of California, Berkeley | University of California, Davis | University of Connecticut

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (19), Boston (15), Dartmouth (2), Lowell (2) | University of Miami

University of New Hampshire (2) | University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill | University of Pennsylvania (4)

University of Pittsburgh | University of Rhode Island (2) | University of Richmond | University of Rochester

University of Southern California (3) | University of Vermont (2) | University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin, Madison | Wellesley College (4) | Wentworth Institute of Technology (2)

Wesleyan University (2) | Williams College (4) | Yale University (6)

2012 Gift Report

Founders’ Circle




Anonymous (2 gifts)

L.G. Balfour Foundation

Mrs. Leonard Block

Brian & Karen Conway

Betsy & Michael Danziger

The Ford Foundation

Charles Hayden Foundation

Joanna & Jon Jacobson

Liberty Mutual Foundation, Inc.

Isabelle & Ian Loring

Holly McGrath & David Bruce/

Highland Street Foundation

A. Peter Monaco

Medha Sinha & Arthur G. Epker III

Richard and Susan Smith Family


President’s Circle

$10,000 - $49,999


Anonymous (2 gifts)


Abrams Foundation

Bain Capital Children’s Charity LTD

Bank of America Foundation

John G. & Amy Smith Berylson

C. Hunter Boll

The Boston Foundation

Linda & Mark Borden

Deb & John Brennan/Hunt Street Fund

Kate & Chuck Brizius

Cabot Family Charitable Trust

Julie & Kevin Callaghan

Mrs. Peter H. O. Claudy

The Clipper Ship Foundation

Devin & Erin Condron

John & Stephanie Connaughton

Kerrie & James Coughlin

David & Victoria Croll

Peggy & Dick Danziger

Dean Welfare Trust

Sandy & Paul Edgerley

The Evans Family Foundation

Fidelity Investments

Sandy & Dozier Gardner

Debbie & Keith Gelb

Kate & Tom Gilbane

Kaia & Jonathan Goldstein

Barbara & Amos Hostetter

Kimberly Hsu-Barber & Jeffrey Barber

Olga & Scott Jaeckel

Abby Johnson & Chris McKown

Allison & Edward Johnson

Darlene & Gerald Jordan

Karen Kames & Christopher Gaffney

Karp Family Foundation

J. C. Kellogg Foundation

Mary Beth & Adam Kirsch

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein

Fund, Inc.

Linde Family Foundation

Anne R. Lovett & Stephen G. Woodsum

The Ludcke Foundation

Carolyn & Peter S. Lynch

Peter Lyon

Paul Maeder & Gwill York

Tristin & Martin Mannion

Andy & Linda McLane

Kristin & Stephen Mugford

Brooke & William Muggia

Marion & David Mussafer

Thomas O’Donnell & Christina

Wing-O’Donnell/The Karen Wing

Family Charitable Foundation

Amelia Peabody Foundation

Red Sox Foundation

Stephanie & Adam Rogers

The Richard Eric Rosenberg Foundation

Pixley & Kenneth Schiciano

William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft

Charitable Trust

John & Susan Simon

Christine & Robert Small

State Street Foundation

The Tudor Foundation, Inc.

Amanda & John Waldron

Amy & John Weinberg

Jenny & Sandy Weymouth/Hess


Connie & Sankey Williams

Scholars’ Society


Anonymous (3 gifts)

Melora & Andrew Balson

Mr. & Mrs. James A. Block

Jennifer & Jonathan Block

Marina & Walter Bornhorst

Katie & Don Bramley

Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall

Charity Fund

Constance B. Coburn & James DeK.


The Cosette Charitable Fund

Lisa & Todd Cronan

Laura DeBonis & Scott Nathan

Gretchen Effgen & Anthony Schweizer

Cynthia A. Fisher & C. James Koch

Jennifer Mugar Flaherty & Peter G.

Flaherty II

Nancy & Richard Friedman

Abigail Ross Goodman & Mark Goodman

Blair & Jacqueline Hendrix

Mariem Horchani & Stephen Murphy

Anne & Colin McNay

Barbara & Richard Melvoin

Anne & Jeff Mitchell

Martha Mugar

Northern Trust

Pappendick Family

Marsha & Justin Perreault

Michael & Emily Phillips

Emily & Drew Pluhar

Reebok Foundation

Lindsey & Matthew Russell

Jeanne & Bob Savitt

Ellen & Steve Segal

Richard, Ann, John & James Solomon


Jennifer & Seth Stier

Suzie Tapson & Gordon Burnes

Resa & John Wing

Denotes donors who have made gifts for at least 20 consecutive years.

Denotes donors who have made gifts for at least 10 consecutive years.

Denotes donors who have made gifts for at least 5 consecutive years.

Denotes donors who have made gifts for at least 3 consecutive years.





Anonymous (2 gifts)

The Sidney & Beatrice Albert Foundation

Pamela & Bear Albright

Nichole & Richard Aldrich/

RA Capital Associates

Kristen & James Atwood

Fiona & James Benenson

Meg & Tomas Bergstrand

Tricia & Tim Blank

Elizabeth & Seth Brennan

Bruce Breimer & Lorna Doran

Jessica & Rob Broggi

Maribeth & Mark Brostowski

Robin & Marcia Brown

Bill & Barbara Burgess

Cindy & Warren Burroughs, Jr.

Susan Okie Bush

Kristin & Joseph Casey

Katherine Chapman

Christensen-Dunn Early Foundations Fund

Dr. John & Bette Cohen

Wendy & Travis Connors

Peter Cornetta

Sheena & David M. Danziger

Margot & Jon Davis

Motoko & Gordon Deane

Coleen & Ted Dinneen

Deanna & Tony DiNovi

Darren J. Donovan

Sadhana & Rick Downs

Michael & Barbara Eisenson

Lee & Jack Englert

Mara & Stuart Feldman

Mark & Janelle Fisher

Joan FitzGerald

Betsey & Charlie Gifford

Lynn & James Gilbert

The Goldman Sachs Foundation

Brad Goldstein/Oxbow

Boston schools from which

The Steppingstone Academy

drew Scholars

Sharon Grady

Judy Grant & Jon McLaughlin

Liz & Art Greenwood

Jeffrey & Victoria Hadden

Jeanne & Thomas Hagerty

Alex & Abbe Hocherman

Abigail Housen & Harry Lasker

Skip Hughes & Barry Tubman

Virginia Hutcheson

Susan Jefferson & Paisley Boney

Char Joslin & Les Cheek

Charlotte & Charlie Kline

Tania & Gordon Kluzak

Diana & Todd Knightly

Cynthia & Jeffrey Leach

Sondra H. Levenson

Kate Lubin & Glen Sutton

Rania Matar & Jean Abouhamad

Pam & Stuart Mathews

Rebecca Melvoin/Melvoin Foundation

Jim & Lisa Mooney

Kelley Murphy

Kathleen & Mike Nilles

Pete Oberle

Laura & Steve Peck

Carolyn & Phillip Perelmuter

PNC Foundation

Amy Feind Reeves & Douglas Reeves

Rachel Rock & Joshua Levy

Jean Weinberg Rose & Jeff Rose

Carol & Bill Sahlman

Holly & Louis Salemy

Sue & Ted Saraceno

Caterina & Dan Schwinn

Robert G. Segel & Janice L. Sherman

Kristine & Ned Shadek

The Shane Foundation

Barbara & Edward Shapiro

Brent Edward Shay

Lori & Matthew Sidman

Esther Simon Charitable Trust

Peter J. Solomon Family Foundation

Abby Sosland & Mark Goodman

Sovereign Bank Foundation

Colleen Spencer

Jill & Michael Stansky

Paige & Rick Sutphin

Polly & Ming Tsai

Linette & Geoff Van Flandern

Diane & Ralph Vogel

Eve Waterfall & Claire Walton

Catherine & Scott Webster

Marilee Wheeler

Linda Wisnewski & William Collatos



Anonymous (3 gifts)



Alli & Bill Achtmeyer

Erica Adler

Russell Ain

Martina Albright & Jon Bernstein

Dave Alexander

Mark & Kathy Alperin

Maren Anderson & Duke Collier

Marie & Alex Attia

Sara & Charlie Ayres

Jennifer & Bracknell Baker

Pam & Jesse Baker

Robert P. Ball

James Barry

Susan Barry

Maryann & Paul Bell

Elizabeth & Coleman Benedict

Fred & Tricia Bentley

Sheri E. Berman & Gideon Rose/

The Baobab Fund

Elizabeth Berylson

Tyler Blackwell

Amy & Ben Bloomstone

Kristin Blount

Elaine Boltz

Tarah & Allen Breed

Charles & Kathryn Brown

Liese & David Brown

Elizabeth Bryant

Chris Burke

Gail & Matt Burr

Jonathan Busch

Katie & Paul Buttenwieser

Ania & Carlos Camargo

Jane Carr

Nicolette Clifford

Adam Cohen

Claire J. Cohen

Dimitri Cohen

Ashley B. Coleman

Jessica & Brian Collins

Casey & Christina Condron

Sarah & Lance Conrad

Drew & Kim Conway

Molly Conway

Hope & Louis Crosier

David Crowley/Crowley & Cummings, LLC

Lindsay Deane

Kristen Deane


Scholars taken on Steppingstone college tours

Dick & Maryellen Denning

Emily & Michael Denning

Rob & Dubs Dickey

Rose DiSanto & Stephen Starnes

Trevor Doe

MaKenzie & Daniel Domb

David Donahoe

Laurie B. Donahoe

Jeaniene & Mark Donovan

Beth & David Drubner

Beth Duggan

Betsy & Rick Edie

Tim Ehrlich

Jennifer & John Eielson

Epstein/Carver Family Foundation

Caroline Erisman

Katherine Fabiani

Katie & Mike Fahey

June Ferestien & Michael Winton

Laurel & Ken Ferretti

Michael Flaherty

Valerie & Doug Fleishman

Leslie & Michael Franchella

Timothy Furcillo

Adele Gagne & Rick Hardy

Beth Gilbert-Bono & Mark Bono

Kelly & Michael Glew

Deborah Glotzer

Allison & Matthew Godoff

Andrew Gorgone

Melissa Gorham

Eric & Katie Green

Jessica Greenberg & Rob Bombardier

Donald & Martha Greenhalgh

Andrew & Liz Hahn

Elizabeth & Edward Halloran

Meredith Hanrahan

Michael & Chinita Hard

Danielle & André Heard

Zachary Heath

Robert & Ross Henderson

Tamara & Peter Hermann

Molly Hogue

Carrin Holborn

The Hoppin/Thomas Family

Charles Hovsepian

Joan Howland & William Webber

Charles Humber

Barbara & Thomas Israel

Community Foundation of Southeastern

Massachusetts – Hope and David

Jeffrey Fund

Julia & Peter Johannsen

Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Johnson 3d

Ann & Ed Kania

Thomas Karthaus

Will & Chris Kendall

Nicole & Arvind Khanna

Erin & Hyung-Do Kim

Louise Totten Knabe

Connie & Peter Lacaillade

William Laub

Christina & David Lavalle

Mr. & Mrs. David S. Lee

Mr. & Mrs. Jon R. Lind

William T. Lynch & Ingrid G. Larson

Melissa & William Lyons

Alice & Todd Markson

Liz & Michael McCabe

Lynne Menichetti

Karen Meyers & Jay Zagorsky

Brian Morris

Victoria Moskowitz & Lee Glickenhaus

Nicole & Terry Murray

Elizabeth & Todd Needham

James Nicoletti

Amy & Tom Olivier

Anne O’Neil & James Ricotta

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Pellegrino

Tom & Trish Perlmutter

Christian & Russ Porter

Katie & Brooks Porter

Stephen Richard

Ken & Kathryn Robinson

Brad Roblin

Kristin Roda

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew L. Root

Christina Ros

Jenna Rothbard

Maggie Sahlman

Anni & Charles Santry

Tedd Saunders

Alys & George Scott

Robert F. Shapiro, Jr.

Justin Shaw

Mark R. Simmons, Jr.

Adrienne & Curtis Smith

Mason Smith & Gordon Green

Steven M. Smith

Kendrin Sonneville

Barbara G. Starnes

Thomas Stemberg & Katherine Chapman

Robert A. M. Stern

Rachel & David Stettler

Karen Welt Steeves & Jeff Steeves

Zoe & Brad Stoesser

Carol & Howard Stoner

John & Leslie Stonestreet

Shannon Stowell

David Sullivan

Mark & Katie Sullivan

Victoria Svirskiy

Derek Taff

Amy Tassendorf

Kerry & John Tavernese

Sandra & Bob Taylor

Marah Thornhill

Christina Tiemann

Arzu & Murat Tuncata

Rachelle Waiting

Courtney Jacobs Walsh

Lucas Walsh

Dix & Alexandra Wheelock

Sylvia D. Whitman

Regina Joseph Winslow

Jeremy Wintersteen

Doug & Abby Wolfson

Elizabeth & Robert Wood

Kate & Hamilton Wood

Sara L. Wragge

Daphne & Yishai Zohar


Up to $250


Anonymous (4 gifts)

Anonymous (2 gifts)

Kristin Achtmeyer

Erica Allen

Nancy Allison

Michael Andreini

Michael Ansman

Alycia Aube

Joanna Aven Howarth

Stuart Badrigian

Maria Baimas-George

Samantha Bain

Jennifer Baker

Nell Beattie

Emily Beck

Audrey Bell

Cheryl & Adam Bendtsen

Adam Benson

Cam Berjoan

Brian Berube & Susan Wolff

Robert Biederman

Helen Black

Nancy & Todd Bland

Kevin Bodkin

Kathryn & John Boger

James Bomberg

Patricia Bowler & David Wendell

Dr. William Boyd & Ms. Deborah Blish

Tara Brady

Meghan Brahm

Hilary Brayton

Matthew Breuer

Teves Brighton

Jamie Brod

Nate Buffum

Alexandra Burns

Iris Butnaru

Shirley & Eugene Buzderewicz

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Byrnes

Robert J. Carpenter

David Carson

John Carter

Liza Casella

Young May Cha

Bruce Chafee

Jae Chang

Jane B. Clark

Megan Clark

Sara & Gregory Clark

Franklin Cohen & Frances Ginn

Claire Cohen

Samantha Cohen

Andrew H. Cohn

Casey Coleman

Damon Coleman

Ann S. Coles

Allie Conway

Christina Corda

Alison Corey

Jessica Courtney

Cornelia Cronan

Jessie Cronan

Chris & Meredith Danis

Constantine Davides

Molly Davidson

Michelle & Thomas Davis

Drew Davis

Caitlin Day-Lewis

Juliet DeFrancisco

Brian & Katy Denning

Charles Devens III

Patrick Devlin

Margaret Dinan

Mark Dolan

Jamie Donelan

Courtney Doran

Andrew Dresner

Christine Driscoll

Mary Driscoll & Luke Hill

Mihaela Dumea

Molly & Stephens Dunne

Katie Dunphy

Sarah Dussault

Laura Eliason

Valerie Eliason & Matthew Bennett

Sharon & Stephen Engler

Taylor Evans

John Faubert & Elizabeth Pratt

Julie & Mike Fay

Kathleen Federico

Kate Femino

Marlene Ferrante

Mark & Tobey Fidler

Nancy & Barry Fisch

Edward Fish

Rachel Fish

Andrew Flick

Sarah & Charlie Forbes

Patrick Ford

Marc Fortier

David Foster

Beth Friedman

Elizabeth Friel

Courtney Gardner

Laurence A. Geffin & Yurika Hashizume



Books purchased for Scholars


applied to The




Elizabeth Geller

Bianca Germain

Raya Gildor

Tom & Jeremy Glenn

Robert Glor

Nicolle Goldfinger

Alex Gonzalez

David Gould

Christine Govern

Angela Grant

Marisa Greenwald

Tyler Griffith

Skylar Griggs

Jackie Grodin

Sean Grover

Michael Hacker

Antony Haivanis

Julia Halleran

Maura Halloran

Rachel Haltom-Irwin

Yasmin Hamed

Rachel Hamilton

Mike & Leslie Hammer

Jenna Hardy

Rebecca Harris

Baron Hartley

Tom & Emily Haslett

Mr. & Mrs. George Hatsopoulos

Emily Hawkridge

Pat & Jeff Hayden

Robert Hayes

Kelly Heard

Kate Heffernan

Katherine Hein

Mary & Winder Heller

Aaron Herr

Ann Hickey

Barbara & William Hickey

Polly & Prentiss Higgins

David Hill

Jonathan Hill

Diana Hoffman

Richmond Holden

Joe Horgan

William Hughto

Ben & Lisa Humphreys

Elizabeth Hutchinson

Emily Ingardia

Raymonde Jacquet

Sufia & Yasin Jamal

Mary Lee Jamieson



Megan Wells Jamieson

Doris & Robert Janowski

Matt Javitch

David & Mary Johanson

Megan & Ted Johnson

Jack Kane

Lauren Kaplan

Brad Karelitz

Julia Karol

Sarah Kaster

Dana Katz

Margot Kearney

Nell Kelleher

Brian Kelly

Monica Kelly

Keith Kenney

Allison Kent Trumbull & Robert Trumbull

Kimberly Kerivan

Matt Kessler

Lindsay Kneen

Carter Knight

Jeff Krafchick

Erica Krueger

Zachary Kubetz

Colleen & Rob Kurson

Kate Lagana

Dana Lampert

Joshua Langsam

Laura Moberg Lavoie & Brian Lavoie

Elena Lee

Meredith Legg

Liane & Lloyd Levenson

Stephanie Levy

Claire Lewis

Janet Lewis

Jennifer Lewis & Christopher Buell

Tyler Lewis

John Lieb

Beckham & Robert Lindon

Lauren & James Lipscomb

Cara Lodigiani

Heather Long

Evan Lorey

Stephen Losordo Jr.

Kevin Love

Elizabeth Lyle

Hallie Mabrey

Bridget Mackey

Clara Maddox

Mr. & Mrs. Francis Maher

Holly Maloney

Josh Mandel

Alicia Manning

Ivette & Ivan Manrique


our summer



Ashley Marlenga

Michael Marshall

Stefanie Matthews

Peter & Porter May

Abby Mayer

Shontel McAlpine

Joyce & Joseph McCaffrey

Claire McClintock

Katie McEvoy

Tricia & Geoffrey McGean

Erin McGrath

Doreen McGuire

Molly McInerney

Joe McKeever

Colin Mckelligan

Jill Medvedow & Richard Kazis

Molly Melican

Shannon Milillo

Abigail Moffat

Eleanor Molyneux

Laura Montgomery

Sarah Moore

Veronica & Eric Morganti

Peter A. Mullin

Anne M. Murphy

Colleen Murphy

Jessica Murphy

Julia Murphy

Melissa Murray & Kristin Arcangeli

Taraneh Naghieh

Anaide Nahikian

Elizabeth & Marshall Neilson

Marianne & John Nelson

Max Nibert

Alexandra & Jonathan Nichols

Monica Niedermeyer

Emily Nixon

Daniel Noonan

Troy Norris

Jeffrey Nowil

Christopher O’Brien

Michael O’Brien

Ryan O’Connor

Caitlin O’Hara

Matt O’Malley

Thomas L. P. O’Donnell

Robert & Sara Ohlheiser

Jessica Orsina

Elizabeth Owens

Danielle Palihnich

Elizabeth Parfit

Meggie Patterson

Camille Payne

Kay & Rodger Payne

Tom & Ellen Payzant

Richard Peaver

Josh Peck

Hadley Pennington

Heike Pfaeffle

Karen Pick

Laura Pierce

Gina Placanico

Thomas Poaps

Marisa Porter

Julie & Michael Posternack

Amanda Powers

Caitlin Previdi

Arthur Price

Christian Price & John LoBue

Tyler Price

Chris Primiano

Alec Radzikowski

George & Fernande Raine

Elizabeth Rampolla

Elizabeth Ratto & Roy Y. Liu

Kyle Rattray

Sebastian Roervig

Jess Rowlands

Robert Rutkowski

Ellen Ryan

Gail Ryan

Emily Salema

Allison Elizabeth Savage

Patrick Scanlon

Magda & Stephen Schleicher

Anne Schwabenbauer

Suzy Schwartz

Ilana Sclar

Rachel Segall & James Hurley

Hilary Segar

Jesse Shaw & Elizabeth Lyons

Mary Sheehan

Gretchen Sherwood

Nathan Shippee

Amy Shirk

Richard Silverman

Jacqueline Sims

Rahul Singh

Eleanor Smith

Jill Snider

Natalie Sperling

Vivian & Lionel Spiro

Sara Steele-Rogers

Joan & Robert Stein

Margaret Stewart & Ted Merritt

Molly Storer

William Stout

David Stringer

Griffin Sullivan

Joseph Sullivan

Mary Sullivan

John Switchenko

Anne Taylor

Lynne Mooney Teta & Anthony Teta

Rebecca & Kevin Tidmarsh

Warren Tolman

Belinda & Seth Traub

James P. Tremble

Katie Tully

Nancy & Tony Ullman

John Van der Stricht

Jane Viner

Katie Wadsworth

Andrea & Greg Wagoner

David & Gwen Wanger

Elizabeth Ward

Valerie Weed

Michael Weiler

Andrew Weiner

Linda Weinstein

Chris Westlund

Betsy Wheeler

Jackie White

Mike White

Brandon Wilson-Evitt & Steven Evitt

Raymond Wu

Samantha Yanofsky

This report is accurate to the best of

our knowledge. We sincerely apologize

for any errors or omissions.

Steppingstone would like to thank

the following corporations for

their generous support:


The Charles Hotel

Di Santo Design

Ropes & Gray LLP

Up to $4,999


Artu Rosticceria & Trattoria

Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro

Belmont Day School

Blue Ginger

Boston Organics

Boston Public School DELTAS

Bristol Lounge

Cape Cod Country

Captain John’s Charters

The Cambridge School of Weston

Castanea Partners

Delicious Desserts

Dexter and Southfield School

East Boston Savings Bank

East Meets West Catering


Fay School

Fenn School

Four Preppy Paws

Goodwin Procter, LLP

The Governor’s Academy/

Dr. Peter H. Quimby

Gretta Cole

Harvard Business School Student


Hingham Savings Bank



JoJo Loves You


La Campania

Life in Synergy

Local 149


Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Matthew Bennet Photography

The Meadowbrook School of Weston

Mint Julep


Newton Country Day School

North End Yoga

North River Outfitter

The Overlook Golf Club

Pam Walker Interior Design

Park School

Recycle Studio

The Ritz-Carlton


The Roxbury Latin School

Sammy Leigh Photos

Samuel Adams

Sara Campbell Ltd.

Savenor’s Market

Shady Hill School

Simple Details Events

Smith & Wollensky

Tennis & Racquet Club

Tickets for Charity

Tie Your Apron

Towne Manicure


Urban Decay

Veritas Tutors, LLC

W Hotel

Watermill Management Company

The Winsor School

Winston Flowers



Steppingstone would like to thank

the following corporations for

their matching gifts:

Anonymous (2 gifts)

Adobe Systems Incorporated

American Tower

Bank of America Foundation

BNY Mellon

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC

Insurance Services Office, Inc.

State Street Foundation


Wells Fargo Foundation

Gifts were made to Steppingstone

in honor of the following individuals:

Jennifer & Jonathan Block

Kerry Brennan

Buckingham Browne & Nichols Class of


Brian J. Conway

Zora Davis

Caitlin Day-Lewis

Spencer Gaffney

Kate & Tom Gilbane

Kelly Glew

Alison & Matthew Godoff

Kenneth Goulin

Allison Johnson

Julia Karol

Michael Lefebvre

Alison & Craig Levy

Ian & Isabelle Loring

Camille Payne

Emily & Michael Phillips

We are so grateful for the

generous support of Steppingstone

Alumni. A special thanks to

Alain Davis ‘91, Eric Andrew ‘94,

and Timothy O’Connell ‘96

for their leadership gifts.

Names in bold denote gifts

of $100 or more.

Leo Boatswain ‘91

Alain Davis ‘91

Katie O’Leary Keegan ‘91

Natasha Velickovic ’91

Ivan DeJesus ‘92

Timothy Healey ‘92

Lois Bonsu ‘93

Colgan Johnson ‘93

Eric Andrew ‘94

Alex Bien-Aime ‘94

Kevin Tran ‘94

Donavan Brown ‘95 & Lauren Brown

Stephond Goler ‘95

Marcus Haymon ‘95

J. P. Jacquet ‘95

Johane Alexis ‘96

Channel Baez ‘96

Joy Kogut ‘96

Care packages (which included encouraging letters,

ramen noodles, highlighters, and more!) sent

to college freshmen before their first final exams

Timothy O’Connell ‘96

Kaitlin Barry Pellerin ‘96 & David Pellerin

Cynthia Nguy ‘97

Emely Orellana ‘97

Kousha Bautista-Saeyan ‘98

A.T. Desta ‘99

Darian Reid-Sturgis ‘99

Lamarr Rollins ‘99

Robyn E. Gibson ‘00

Craig Groves ‘00

Keanna Hagood ‘00

Roshaun LaForce ‘00

Sophia Tsakmaklis ‘00

Tran Vu ‘00

Marissa Bias ‘01

Max Clermont ‘01

Donald Medor ‘01

Courtney Monahan ‘01

Samantha Salfity ‘01

Shanelle Walker ‘01

Tinyan Chan ‘02

Anthony Mathieu ‘02

Languages spoken in the

homes of Steppingstone





School visits by Steppingstone staff


National Partnership for Educational


We are grateful to the following organizations

for their support of NPEA.


A Better Chance

ACT, Inc.

The Associated Colleges of Illinois

Boston College Law School

Buffalo Prep

Cate School

Chicago Scholars

The College Board

College Possible

The Common Application

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

DePaul University Center for Access and


DePaul University Center for Intercultural



John Fanning, in honor of The Partners

Program at The College Preparatory


High Jump

Meredith Laban, in honor of Horizons at

Dedham Country Day School

Horizons for Youth

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Indian Springs School


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Johns Hopkins University Center for

Talented Youth

Latin School of Chicago

Milton Academy

National Scholarship Providers Association

New Jersey SEEDS

Ninde Scholars Program

Oberlin College


Phillips Exeter Academy

Pine Manor College

Polk Bros. Foundation

Prep@Pingree at Pingree School

Project Grad Atlanta

Rainier Scholars

Reach for Excellence

Peggy Sarkela, in honor of REACH Prep

School and Student Services by NAIS

Schuler Scholar Program


St. George’s Independent School


Berylson Fund for Leadership


Amy Smith Berylson and John Berylson

established The Berylson Fund for Leadership

Development to provide Steppingstone’s staff

with high-quality professional development

opportunities that would enable them to

better serve the needs of a growing organization.

In 2012, the Fund generously supported

programs of professional development

for three Steppingstone staff members.

President and Chief Operating Officer Kelly

Glew attended a course entitled “Strategic

Perspectives in Nonprofit Management,”

offered by Harvard Business School’s Social

Enterprise Initiative. The program cultivates

mastery in nonprofit leadership, with the aim

of improving organizational effectiveness.

Megan Wells, Director of Scholars and Families,

and Audra Peek, Admission Senior Associate,

participated in Boston University School

of Management’s Institute for Nonprofit

Management and Leadership. Over the course

of nine months, these talented members of

the Steppingstone staff learned best practices

in team, project, and financial management,

in addition to core leadership skills. We are

grateful for the support of the Berylson Fund,

which continues to foster excellence and high

levels of professional competency among

Steppingstone’s hard-working staff.

Dollars raised at

our annual gala



Donors giving

for five


years or more


New donors


Donors who

gave in 2012



Corporations and

foundations supporting


Pixley Schiciano, member of Steppingstone's

Board of Ambassadors and a donor since 1999,

in her home in Wellesley, Mass.

Each year, hundreds of individuals

and philanthropic organizations lend

their support to our work. You donate

your time, your expertise, your dollars.

We are humbled by not only what

you give to Steppingstone, but also

why you give. The reasons for your

generosity continually reward and

inspire us. Consider why Pixley

Schiciano supports Steppingstone,

and you’ll see what we mean:

Steppingstone and the Scholars it

serves are just so inspirational. They

remind me all the time of why we care

and why our philanthropic support

matters. My daughter’s best friend is a

Steppingstone Scholar. My son’s

Latin teacher is also an alumnus of

Steppingstone. So, my family has

benefited directly and personally from

the impact that Steppingstone is making

in the world.

“I’m fortunate enough to have had

a lot of wonderful opportunities in my

life. What Steppingstone provides is

the chance to spread opportunities

around to others. But aside from

the great work, the people who are

drawn to this mission also inspire and

impress me. I get to share the passions

of an entire community of committed

people. And that’s just thrilling,

rewarding, and easy. It gives me such

a sense of fulfillment that I can honestly

say to myself: ‘This is something I

really want to go out and be a part of




Steppingstone’s donors know their

generosity changes lives. Including

their own.


Statements of Financial Position


Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents $1,132,233

Current portion of accounts and pledges receivable $1,038,617

Other receivables 7,235

Prepaid expenses 62,003

Total current assets 2,240,088

Pledges Receivable, net of current portion and discount 923,716

Property & Equipment, net 128,251

Deposits 45,428

Total assets $3,337,483

Liabilities & Net Assets

Current Liabilities

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other 201,790

Deferred revenue 118,205

Total current liabilities 319,995

Deferred Rent 75,287

Net Assets

Total liabilities 395,282


Operating 1,057,858

Property & Equipment 128,251

Total unrestricted 1,186,109

Temporarily restricted 1,756,092

Total net assets 2,942,201

Total liabilities and net assets $3,337,483

Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets

Operating Revenue and Support:

Fundraising events $909,640

Less - cost of direct benefit to donors (89,576)

Net fundraising events revenue 820,064

Contributions and grants $3,581,783

Conference $136,930

In-kind revenue $107,331

Membership income $69,887

Other income $10,636

Interest income $1,431

Total operating revenue and support 4,728,062

Operating Expenses:

Program Services:

Steppingstone Academy 2,315,678

College Success Academy 783,654

National Partnership for Educational Access 410,786

Replication 83,768

Total Program Services 3,593,886

Supporting Services:

General and administrative 582,146

Development 835,156

Total supporting services 1,417,302

Total operating expenses 5,011,188

Changes in net assets from operations (283,126)

Other Revenues:

Unrealized gains (losses) on investments (8,691)

Investments impairment allowance (76,698)

Changes in net assets (368,515)

Net Assets, beginning of year 3,310,716

Net Assets, end of year $ 2,942,201

Financial Statements for December 31, 2012

The Steppingstone Foundation, Inc.

The Steppingstone Foundation

Founded in 1990, The Steppingstone

Foundation is a not-for-profit

organization that develops and

implements programs that prepare

underserved schoolchildren for

educational opportunities that lead to

college success. Based on the premise

that, regardless of circumstance,

children can achieve at high levels

academically with effective preparation

and support, Steppingstone programs

emphasize rigorous standards and

achieve meaningful results.

The Steppingstone Foundation runs

three programs in Boston:

The Steppingstone Academy prepares

underserved middle-grade students for

admission to competitive independent,

Catholic, and public exam schools

through a rigorous 14-month academic

component, followed by comprehensive

support services to ensure that Scholars

thrive, graduate from high school, and

earn degrees from four-year colleges.

Each year, The Steppingstone Academy

serves 1,000 Scholars in grades five

through 12, and an additional 400

Alumni Scholars in college.

The College Success Academy, which

welcomed its pilot class of 46 Scholars

in July 2011, provides after-school and

summer academic programming to the

students attending three partner

Boston public K-8 schools: the Jackson/

Mann, the Edison, and the Gardner

Pilot Academy. Scholars participate in

a program of academic preparation,

modeled after The Steppingstone

Academy, which spans four academic

years and five summers. Scholars

attend their first six-week summer

session before fifth grade, and attend

after-school classes three times a week

during the school year. In high school,

Scholars will receive comprehensive

support services, including academic

mentoring, social/emotional counseling,

and college guidance.

The National Partnership for Educational

Access (NPEA) is a membership

association that supports organizations

providing college access programming

to underserved students across the

country. NPEA has more than 240

members in 33 states, collectively

serving 150,000 students. Through an

annual national conference, regional

meetings, and professional development

offerings, NPEA serves as a convener,

disseminating best practices and key

findings to programs across the

country, in order to strengthen the

field of college access. Visit NPEA at


The Steppingstone Foundation is grateful

to 23 staff members who contributed to

the research, reporting, and creation of

this report. We also thank the following

firms that donated or discounted their

services to make the design and printing

of this annual report possible:






The Steppingstone Foundation is

committed to a policy of equal treatment

for all individuals.

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