Make a gift. Empower a child.

Every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and learning to read is a critical step in that journey.

Children’s Literacy Initiative has been an innovator in early literacy instruction for more than 30 years and we couldn’t do it without you. As a CLI supporter, you are part of a passionate community who wants to see thousands of students across the country become strong readers, writers and thinkers. 

By helping educators learn high-impact instructional strategies and nurturing dynamic professional learning communities, you help CLI to build lasting capacity in teachers and principals, and transform classrooms to empower students.

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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. 

Your investment will enable CLI and its partners to normalize anti-racist, culturally sustaining early literacy instruction and catalyze generational impact at the onset of every child's literacy journey.

Trusted & Validated

Supporters can trust that their investments are valued and used to further the CLI mission, to transform early literacy.

  • 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

Connect with us and learn how you can have an impact.
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.
Naimah Bilal
Chief Development Officer
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Simone Champagnie
Officer, Major Gifts
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Satya Nelms

Foundation Relations
& Grants Manager

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Our Financials

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.

You can also view our most recent Form 990, and review our latest audit. Federal Tax ID# - 23-2515768

How Your Investment Will Change Everything

With your investment, we can amplify reading outcomes for Black and Latinx children. Philanthropic investments can advance change, but some changes can change everything.

By giving to CLI, you’re supporting social justice, education, and progress. Your contribution will help us to continue to enhance our programs so that teachers and students across the country, no matter who they are or where they come from, have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Join a movement of supporters and advocates for reading and literacy outcomes, and drive equity and racial justice in education
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Inspired by what you've seen and want to support CLI? Contact a member of our Development Team to learn more about how your philanthropic investment can advance our literacy mission