Children's Literacy Initiative

Support students & teachers this school year.


Trusted & Validated

  • Charity Navigator

    We’ve received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy! View the Report

  • GuideStar

    Sound fiscal management and a commitment to accountability and transparency have earned CLI a Gold Participant rating. View the Report

  • High Impact Philanthroy

    UPenn’s Center for High-Impact Philanthropy identified CLI as on organization where charitable dollars can do the most good. View the Report


Walk into a CLI classroom and you immediately know it's a place to learn and grow. It's a place you wish every child had the opportunity to be.


Other Ways to Give

Donate By Check

CLI welcomes your gift. Please make your check payable to “Children’s Literacy Initiative” and mail to:

Children’s Literacy Initiative
990 Spring Garden St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Donate via Donor-Advised Fund

Click here to recommend a grant from your donor-advised fund (DAF) to support Children's Literacy Initiative.

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Foundation & Corporate Giving

For more information, please contact Janet Pinkerton at

Employer Matching Gifts

Many employers match charitable contributions made by current or former employees and their spouses. If your company is eligible, please contact your HR office.

Donate Stocks and Securities

Contact us for transmittal instructions if you wish to make a gift to CLI in the form of appreciated securities—publicly traded stocks, bonds and mutual fund shares.

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Leave a Legacy

By choosing to support CLI through your bequests and estate plans, you are leaving a legacy that reflects your life - one that will transform future generations of powerful readers, writers and thinkers.

Two thirds of American children cannot read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.

In low-income neighborhoods there is only 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children.

A child who cannot read
proficiently by third grade is


more likely to leave
high school without a diploma.

In coaching, teachers work with a master educator before, during and after a lesson, getting feedback on their implementation of a newly learned teaching skill.

Coaches & mentors are found to be highly effective in helping teachers implement a new skill.

Numerous studies have shown coaching to be successful at changing teacher practice and improving student learning.

Our Financials

For the 2018-19 fiscal year only 13% of all expenses went towards administration and fundraising costs, the remaining 87% were dedicated solely to the delivery of services to schools.



You can also view our most recent Form 990, and review our latest audit.

Federal Tax ID# 23-2515768

Annual Report

For a better look at how Children's Literacy Initiative helps both teachers and children, and how your donations make that possible, check out our most recent annual report here.

Check out our past annual reports below.

CLI Annual Report 2019
30 Years Strong, Annual Report 2018
Building a National Community for Literacy, Annual Report 2017
Reading Equals CLI, Annual Report 2016
Growth with Impact, Annual Report 2015

Transform Your Local Community

Join the Children's Literacy Initiative community and support our mission to ensure kids can become powerful readers, writers and thinkers.

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