Boston Breakthrough Academy's Third Graduating Class Raising Nearly $90,000 in Donations for Lovin' Spoonfuls Triggering Matching Gifts From Two Anonymous Foundations for a Combined Commitment of $180,000 in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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​Boston Breakthrough Academy, a leadership development program offering emotional intelligence training to adults in the Boston area, announced today that its third graduating class, “B3”, has interrupted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by raising nearly $90,000 for Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a food rescue and hunger relief organization based in Boston. These funds then triggered matching gifts from two anonymous foundations for a combined commitment of $180,000.

  • Serve more than 265,500 meals to those with food insecurities;
  • Rescue over 265 tons of food that would have otherwise been thrown away;
  • Reopen the possibility to complete the purchase of 2 extra trucks, which would have otherwise been delayed

“We are extremely grateful to Boston Breakthrough Academy and their B3 class for their incredible generosity through their giving efforts to Lovin' Spoonfuls. While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the fundraising and events landscape, our corporate donors challenged us to find individuals throughout our community to support our mission. The students of BBA’s B3 class made this challenge possible for us, bringing more than 1,485 individual donors into relationship with our mission,” said Ashley Stanley, CEO of Lovin’ Spoonfuls.  

B3 is comprised of 30 students, men and women from Boston and throughout the U.S. who had one common vision in mind, to create a world of love, connection, courage, acceptance, and integrity.

“We declared that we would support the most vulnerable, at-risk and underserved members of our community during COVID-19,” said Brian Walshe, Fundraising Leader for Boston Breakthrough Academy’s B3. “We did that, and people are fed today because of our efforts!”

AJ Leto, Lead Coach and Enrollment Director at the Boston Breakthrough Academy, was blown away by this team’s effectiveness in raising funds during the current pandemic. “In our programs, we emphasize the value of contribution and teach tools of possibility, vision and leadership. Amidst their own struggles, the students of B3 took a powerful stand for our community. Our 30 students and my coaching team acknowledged that support was our contribution, despite our own struggles in this unprecedented time. In the face of one of the biggest challenges in our lives, we chose to elevate others to the same health & safety we enjoy. I am beyond proud of our relationship with Lovin’ Spoonfuls and the efforts of BBA’s B3 Team.”

B3 is hosting a graduation on June 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm, and the general public is invited to attend. Boston Breakthrough Academy is also currently enrolling for a class that begins July 31. Learn more at

Source: Boston Breakthrough Academy


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