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Education : Early Childhood Programs and Services

Children's Literacy Initiative

Helping teachers deliver effective literacy instruction

four stars

95.45

2314 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
tel: (888) 408-3388   Web Site
EIN: 23-2515768

Board Leadership
Christine S. Beck
Chair

CEO
Joel Zarrow
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.45 four stars
  Financial 94.97 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

94.97

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.53
  Program Expenses Growth 13.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Literacy Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Literacy Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Literacy Initiative (PA) 95.45 four stars
Educational First Steps (TX) 92.78 four stars
Literacy, Inc. (NY) 93.07 four stars
Opportunity, Inc. of Palm Beach County (FL) 92.76 four stars
Small Steps Nurturing Center (TX) 91.88 four stars

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Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI), founded in 1988, works with teachers to transform instruction so that all children can become powerful readers and writers. Our goal is to close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. CLI offers professional development for pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers across the country. We provide coaching and seminars, lesson plans, a prekindergarten curriculum, and collections of high-quality children's literature. Our programs promote research-based methods for teaching reading and writing. CLI is involved in large projects in the public school systems of Philadelphia, Newark (NJ), Camden, Baltimore, and Boston.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,574,864
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,072,741
Total Contributions $6,647,605
   Program Service Revenue $3,866,655
Total Primary Revenue $10,514,260
   Other Revenue $5,921
TOTAL REVENUE $10,520,181
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,293,549
   Administrative Expenses $938,140
   Fundraising Expenses $864,334
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,096,023
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-575,842
   
Net Assets $5,434,700

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Partnership with Schools $9,293,549 100.0%

Ratings History
Children's Literacy Initiative has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 06/01/2016 95.45 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 94.63 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 95.46 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 92.73 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 90.83 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.76 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 85.01 three stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 87.00 three stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 87.81 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 91.64 four stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 92.30 four stars
2005-06 04/01/2006 83.31 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 78.48 two stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 85.57 three stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 93.40 four stars
2001-06 02/05/2003 96.33 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-2515768
Name in IRS Master File CHILDRENS LITERACY INITIATIVE
NTEE Code B92
NTEE Classification Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$113,574 1.02% Joel Zarrow Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$116,147 1.04% Cameron Voss Former Interim Executive Director

Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI), founded in 1988, works with teachers to transform instruction so that all children can become powerful readers and writers. Our goal is to close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. CLI offers professional development for pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers across the country. We provide coaching and seminars, lesson plans, a prekindergarten curriculum, and collections of high-quality children's literature. Our programs promote research-based methods for teaching reading and writing. CLI is involved in large projects in the public school systems of Philadelphia, Newark (NJ), Camden, Baltimore, and Boston.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Literacy Initiative (PA) 95.45 four stars
Opportunity, Inc. of Palm Beach County (FL) 92.76 four stars
Phoenix Day (AZ) 85.38 three stars
Literacy, Inc. (NY) 93.07 four stars
Educational First Steps (TX) 92.78 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Children's Literacy Initiative
2314 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
tel: (888) 408-3388
fax: (215) 561-4677
EIN: 23-2515768

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Board Leadership

Christine S. Beck
Chair

CEO

Joel Zarrow
Executive Director

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