Join the Chicago Community Council
Improve early literacy in Chicago's most vulnerable communities.

The CLI Chicago Community Council supports CLI’s mission to ensure kids from any and every background have the opportunity to become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.

By raising visibility and resources to support CLI’s work to improve early literacy instruction and student reading proficiency rates in high-need elementary schools across the city, Community Council members are actively engaged in moving the needle on literacy in Chicago’s most vulnerable communities.

Help Chicago Students Learn to Read

Community Council Member Guidelines

The CLI Chicago Community Council meets quarterly as a group, and in the interim with members of the CLI and Council leadership team as needed to execute Council events and initiatives.

Council members commit to serving one fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) at minimum, to experience a full cycle of CLI Chicago programming.

All CLI Chicago Community Council Members Will...

Make a personal contribution or raise a minimum of $350, to ensure CLI Chicago meets its annual philanthropic goals.

Serve as connectors for CLI in their own personal and professional networks, to identify potential CLI donors, sponsors, and new Council members.

Lead on the planning and execution of Council events, and volunteer at other CLI events.

Community Council Member Benefits

Opportunities to grow personal and professional networks through leadership development and philanthropic engagement.

Opportunity to gain experience as a leader in a national nonprofit organization, with potential future opportunities to join the national CLI Governing Board of Directors.

Recognition of Council leadership and engagement in CLI marketing materials and donor publications.

How to Join the CLI Chicago Community Council

If you would like to join the CLI Chicago Community Council, please fill out the form on the right.

To learn more about the CLI Chicago Community Council, please contact Jaclyn Stacy in the CLI Chicago offices at

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