Join a Community Council!

Children’s Literacy Initiative Community Councils support our mission to ensure kids from any and every background have the opportunity to become powerful readers, writers and thinkers.

Community Council members are actively engaged in helping children learn to read in their communities. Acting as ambassadors, they work to build grassroots support and leverage local resources that help to improve teacher instruction and student reading proficiency rates in local, high-need elementary schools.

Benefits & Guidelines

Community Councils include members from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds. Members meet quarterly as a group and as needed throughout the year.
  • Grow personal and professional networks through leadership development and philanthropic engagement

  • Recognition of Council leadership and engagement in marketing materials and donor publications

  • Gain experience as a leader in a national nonprofit organization with potential future opportunities to join the national Board of Directors


  • Make a personal contribution or raise a minimum of $350 annually

  • Serve as a connector for CLI in your own personal and professional networks to identify potential CLI donors, sponsors and new Council members

  • Help lead planning and execution of events and activities