sowing seeds of change
letter from ceo
and board chair
im · pact | \ im-˙pakt
to have a direct effect or impact on
synonyms: effect, influence, mark
by the numbers
- One-on-one embedded teacher coaching
- Trainings in the best practices in early literacy instruction
- Leadership development to support sustainable change
- High-quality classroom books and materials
By helping educators learn high-impact instructional strategies and nurturing dynamic professional learning communities, CLI builds lasting capacity in teachers and principals that endures over time.
Increases in schools’ growth rates reflect the high collaboration between CLI’s Early Literacy Coaches and school-based Literacy leads and principals. See how CLI moved a cohort of Philadelphia schools.
Despite the unpredictable disruptions to our children’s learning, CLI has continued to support amplified reading outcomes. See how our Chicago partnership has sustained growth in reading attainment.
CLI's community of supporters work and give to empower and amplify reading outcomes for Black and Latinx children. Together, we are committed to providing Black and Latinx children access to high-quality, identity-affirming books and teachers with best-in-class early literacy instructional resources.
raise a glass for reading
In 2021, CLI began hosting the event virtually, sharing regional impact stories with a national audience. This year CLI expanded the celebration across an entire week coined Spirit Week. During RGR Spirit Week (May 16 – 19), CLI hosted three virtual events: an interactive Read Aloud, a fun Family Game Night, and the main fundraising event featuring a fireside chat.
CLI's Literacy Champion, Jason Reynolds
NYT Bestselling author and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, was this year's special guest. CLI announced Mr. Reynolds as Literacy Champion of the Literacy to Liberation campaign. CLI is grateful to Jason for his advocacy for our mission and work with educators and Black and Latinx children.
Philanthropic Dollars Raised
LIT Society Members
fueling a movement:
the power of collective philanthropy
strong belief and loyal support
Richard Gluck has had a lifelong interest in childhood reading education. His strong belief in the value of reading for personal growth and economic success has inspired his loyal support of Children’s Literacy Initiative for over 10 years.
gates foundation and improving pre-k
music, literacy and a passion for change
the framework and diagnostic
tool for teaching and learning
– Teacher at a CLI-supported school
The CLI team brings an interdisciplinary lens to every aspect of our work. From senior leadership to regional advisory boards, we are passionate about our mission and commitment to dismantle structural racism through antiracist early literacy instruction and create equity in education. Get to know our leadership team, advisory board, and board of directors.
Children’s Literacy Initiative’s sound fiscal practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have continued to earn it a Gold Participant rating from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on non-profit organizations.
Additionally, CLI has maintained its 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. A 4-star rating is given to organizations that score a 90 or above in Charity Navigator’s review and is considered “Exceptional.” It demonstrates an organization’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
With only 17% of expenditures going to administration and fundraising costs, in 2021-22 83% of all expenses were dedicated solely to CLI programming. In turn, unrestricted philanthropic funding has enabled CLI to invest in organizational capacity, technology, and innovation--all critical to its sustainability and strategic growth.
connect with us
Inspired by what you've seen and want to support CLI? You can contact a member of our Development Team to learn more about how your philanthropic investment can advance our literacy mission. Click here to connect with us.
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