CLI Prison Alliance

Making Disciples Worldwide

aka CLI Prison Alliance   |   Raleigh, NC   |  http://www.cli.world

Mission

We lead inmates to Christ by distributing Bibles, Christian books, and evangelistic tracts. Then we disciple inmates and equip them to become disciple-makers through our correspondence-based Bible studies.

Ruling year info

1996

CEO

Cathy Phillips

Main address

4724 Hargrove Rd Ste 100

Raleigh, NC 27616 USA

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Formerly known as

Christian Library International Inc

EIN

56-1966935

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the United States, over two million people are incarcerated in our nation’s jails and prisons. These men and women are separated from their families, communities and vocations. We seek to bring together resources that assist chaplains and other administrators to spiritually benefit inmates. Through our church partnerships, we also enlist caring Christians to correspond with inmates and serve as Bible study mentors. We are dedicated to leading churches to remember those who are in prison, and to reminding inmates that they are loved by God.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Book Distribution

We collect gently used Christian books and Bibles and donate them to jails and prison across the US.

Population(s) Served

Leading inmates to Christ is one of our greatest passions. We’ve written a free Bible study called "Who is God?" that invites prisoners to begin a relationship with Christ and get connected with our discipleship program. Together with the Holy Spirit, we then help new believers mature in their faith and make disciples, with two other courses called "Christian Leadership" and "Disciple of Christ."

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability 2020

Excellence in Giving 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of active church partnerships

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of books distributed

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Related Program

Book Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Related Program

Bible Studies

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In the coming year our greatest goals are to engage 1% of all incarcerated individuals in the US and establish CLI in 6 countries outside of the US.

As we seek to engage more and more inmates globally, we are calling on chaplains, churches, volunteers, and donors to help us move forward. By working directly with chaplains in prisons and jails we can ascertain the greatest needs in each facility. The chaplains help us to distribute books, Bibles, and Bible study applications to all interested inmates.

In addition, we partner with churches through book drives and by providing volunteer opportunities for their members. Next, onboarding new volunteers helps us to correspond with each student inmate faithfully and efficiently. These volunteers also help us to pack and distribute books and Bibles to ensure that we meet every request.

While our international program takes on a slightly different format, our goal of reaching inmates remains the same. We work closely with local pastors in the countries that we work to get into prisons and share the gospel. This often looks like bringing in printed materials and working with prison officials to create time and space to teach the Bible studies.

Building on a 25-year-old ministry, we’ve found that doors have continued to open in each of the areas that we are pursuing growth. As one of few Christian non-profits donating books and Bibles to prisons, we’ve built a reputation nationally for our work. With two shipping facilities, one in North Carolina and one in Georgia, we are able to receive and distribute donations to facilities daily. Those books and Bibles are all stamped with our organizations contact information and serve as a pathway for inmates enrolling in our Bible Studies. Our hundreds of volunteers are based all around the nation and are committed to corresponding with inmates across the US to mentor them through the studies. We’ve also implemented paid postage for all inmates that allows an ease when it comes to that correspondence.

In 2020 we saw 301,525 books and bibles distributed and 18,936 Bible studies reviewed. Halfway through 2021 we’ve already seen a 65% increase in inmates enrolling in our Bible studies in the US alone. Our Global Outreach Director has established relationships in Nigeria, Cuba, India, Tanzania, Puerto Rico and the list is continuing to grow. As we step out in faith to partner with pastors in each of these regions, we are seeing prisons that had previously been closed to the gospel, begin to open their doors, and let us teach the studies. As a result, we’ve already seen thousands of inmates become disciples of Christ.

How we listen

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Financials

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CLI Prison Alliance

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alan North


Board co-chair

Cathy Phillips

Organizational demographics

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