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Congo Leadership Initiative

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, International, International Development, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Youth Development Programs

Mission: CLI develops the next generation of leaders to be catalysts for peace and prosperity in the Congo.

Results: CLI has empowered more than 100 young leaders in Kinshasa and is expanding quickly!

Target demographics: Youth

Geographic areas served: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I held a bake sale benefit that partially fund raised for Congo Leadership Initiative. The hard working staff there were friendly, quick to respond and very helpful. They definitely take an interest in your efforts and make you feel like your work is a priority.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

CLI is doing incredible work to build a network of support for its training efforts among youth leaders in the Congo. They have found ways to build on the passionate and inspirational leadership of their founder and further their impact and deepen their investment there. Their US-based team is great at sharing information about what is going on and keeping donors and other supporters informed about developments on the ground in the Congo and their own growth and expansion.


Rating: 5

I first donated to the Congo Leadership Initiative after a conversation with its founder left me struck by its important mission: change the status quo in the Congo by working with those most likely to make a sustainable change for the country. Developing young leaders is a cause I am deeply aligned with and the transparency of CLI's organization made me confident my support would be used effectively. As a donor, I continue to be engaged by the organization and am consistently impressed with its regular communication of work and successes.


Rating: 5

CLI has developed an innovative, cost-effective approach to addressing some of the most pressing issues in Central Africa. This approach ensured that my donation went directly to enhancing the capacity of CLI and its ability to support young leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The organization provides transparent communications to donors, detailing their budget and expenses. I intend to continue donating to CLI due to their effectiveness and transparency.


Rating: 4

I feel that CLI has done an amazing job of identifying a true problem in the Congo, and tackling it. Because of what they do, they are starting at the bottom of a chain that will ultimately help for further development of the whole nation. Education is extremely important, and from the quick success they've already seen, it's obvious that it is one that can be fixed with the right focus and effort. On top of being a great organization for the popele they help, CLI makes it very easy for everyone to get involved in the cause and feel like they are making a difference.