Dedicated to serving under-resourced students and military veterans
Don and Sarah McMillan’s commitment to community service dates back to their high school years and has never waned since.
Upon taking over the practice, Don and Sarah sought to make an impact on their local community and beyond through a significant commitment of time and talent to two causes near and dear to them: under-resourced students’ access to education and military veterans. Over the years, they have deepened that commitment through their own service and gratefully watched the amazing support and time commitment of members of their team who have eagerly jumped on board to give of themselves.
Beacon Academy students, who hail from the Greater Boston area, overcome economic challenges to become leaders at independent schools throughout the Northeast.
They earn admission to this program based in Boston after they finish 8th grade, then complete a rigorous 14-month program and go on to matriculate at a range of excellent day and boarding schools to start 9th grade. Founded in 2005, Beacon has graduated close to 300 students. We are proud to help support their incredible work: their talented secondary school placement directors join us in our office when independent school admissions directors visit us, “Monsieur Don” has dusted off his beret to teach a spring French class, and we usher Beacon alumni seniors at the top day and boarding schools through their college search and application process.
Don and Sarah, proud parents of a combat veteran of the Iraq War and children of a WWII POW, have long committed to giving back to those who have given so unselfishly in their service of our country.
We provide educational counseling to veterans seeking college or graduate school guidance and to children of veterans in need of assistance finding the best school, college, or graduate program for their children. We proudly educational planning support to families affiliated with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund who have lost a loved-one as a result of active military duty. We also support the treatment of the invisible wounds through our annual active participation in Run to Home Base, the premier clinical care in the nation provided to veterans with PTSD and TBI at no cost to them.
Sarah also served on the board of Build Boston, a local non-profit devoted to using entrepreneurship to incentivize students for long-term learning, for seven years during which she and her team proudly shepherded dozens of students through the college search and application process.
She continues to consult with Build Boston on matters of program and college access. Her current role as a leader of Boston Women in Business for Good, an organization devoted to supporting local non-profits, has allowed her to keep the causes that matter so much to her at the forefront of giving and extend her love of community service to other causes that change people’s lives for the good.