Give a gift and support equity in education

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

Literacy to Liberation

Literacy is the very foundation of all learning and the pathway to liberation for every human being. At Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), we believe that systemic change is the only solution to the current social unrest and the only way that the public education system will become equitable for children of color. This year we sharpened our mission to better reflect our work, purpose, and the children we serve.

This Giving Tuesday, CLI is calling on its national community of donors and advocates to support this sharpened mission, helping teachers master instruction that elevates the cultures of Black and Latinx children and advance literacy mastery in a manner that offers mirrors and windows into who they are.
When you give to CLI you are supporting an evidence-based approach built on 30 plus years of literacy and education innovation and service. When you make a gift to Children's Literacy Initiative, you not only support our new mission and equip schools with the vital resources they need, you also empower a generation of young learners who deserve every opportunity to receive a quality education.

Can you make a gift today?

Each gift will help children become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers. Teachers and children are returning to in person learning and your gifts will support their adjustment and new-found knowledge from the past year. CLI coaches are working hard every day helping teachers create opportunities for Black and Latinx children to see themselves in the books and reading lesson plans in the classrooms.

With your support, CLI will continue to empower children, enable teachers, strengthen schools, and uplift communities. Join the thousands of CLI advocates this #GivingTuesday and give the gift of literacy!

Here’s what you can do on Giving Tuesday in support of CLI, teachers, and students:

Make a gift. Your tax-deductible contribution fuels our work. With your help we can ensure teachers in under-resourced schools continue to have the training and resources they need to help students develop the reading skills essential to success. With your support, we can do more.

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Trusted & Validated

For over 30 years, we have built on this foundation, continuing to grow and improve our methodologies to transform and strengthen classrooms, build teacher knowledge and capacity, and improve student literacy outcomes. 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 Philanthropy

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

Transforming Classrooms for Racial Equity

Learning to read is a strong predictor of a student’s future academic achievement. Our goal is to close the literacy achievement gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. Stay informed with the work we are doing in communities nationwide.
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Liberating, Innovating and Transforming Education

Join a movement of supporters and advocates for reading and literacy outcomes, and drive equity and racial justice in education
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