Help achieve the dream of a 100% literate Chicago.

By giving to us, you’re supporting all 100+ of our members. When you give monthly, you’re sustaining our work and ensuring that the organizations we serve have the resources they need, day in and day out.

Donors who give more than $1,000 to the CLA in a fiscal year become part of the Boundless Society, and get the opportunity to engage more deeply in our work, including special listing in our printed annual report, VIP tickets to CLA events, and a special gift upon joining.

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At the CLA, we believe that literacy can be a powerful tool – but it has to be equitably accessible to all.

With that in mind, the CLA is committed to building deep community relationships, utilizing data-driven research, and forging new models for systemic change to ultimately reach our shared vision of a 100% literate Chicago. Here are some ways we’re driving those conversations:

Chicago Community Confabs – Virtual dialogue and networking built to create opportunities for authentic connection and a deeper understanding between Alliance members and Chicago communities facing barriers to literacy resources

The Equity Through Literacy Framework – A research-based, equity-focused theory of change to connect greater literacy to positive social outcomes

DECODE – a free, virtual thought-leadership summit exploring how the tools of literacy empower us to engage in and contribute to our community, political life, and democracy in Chicago

Perspectives on Literacy – a platform for thoughts, insights, and stories about literacy from the Chicago Literacy Alliance, our collaborators, and the literacy community at large

Beyond Words – a quarterly CLA newsletter sharing news from us, the Alliance, and the literacy sector

Your support makes all of these possible – so stay tuned for more in 2021!

Get Involved

Advancing literacy is a team effort – and whether we’re CLA staff, member organizations, board members, volunteers, supporters, or just interested in the field of literacy, we’re all in this together.

Check out our upcoming programs and events – and join us!

Curated resources and opportunities for Chicago’s literacy sector.

Our flagship 2020 conference – fully digital and fully free.

A robust, data-driven effort to direct literacy services for the greatest impact.

Other ways to support us:

Show your support for literacy with merchandise from the official CLA shop. Purchases further the work of the CLA and our partners, in Chicago and beyond.

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Want to learn about other ways to support our work, including corporate gifts and naming opportunities at the award-winning Literacenter?

Amanda Porta
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