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About Clare Butterfield

Clare Butterfield is the Program Director at ISEIF

Love and Enchiladas and the Smart Grid

June 20th, 2017|Blog|

Our grantees at SCARCE have been spending their grant year running a video competition for young people in DuPage County. The challenge was to create a video in the one of the many native languages spoken in the homes of DuPage County school families that explains the potential value of the smart grid. Entries were [...]

The Internet of Ridiculous Things (IoRT)

June 20th, 2017|Blog|

Time for another blog chat between Clare & Uzma! This time on the Internet of Things in Clothing. Lightly edited transcript. Uzma:  so what world-changing tech product are we talking about today? Clare:  You're early. Uzma:  I didn't check the time, I just let my calendar alert me, I have full trust in the machine. [...]

Non-numerical fun with numbers

May 16th, 2017|Blog|

Part 2 of our series on the role data plays in our grantmaking. Go to part 1. ISEIF is an evidence-driven foundation. We like data. Lots and lots of it. The numbers provide a baseline of transparency between us and our grantees. If an organization says they’re going to reach 10,000 people, we’d like some persuasive [...]

A Tale of Two Toolkits

April 19th, 2017|Blog|

Recently we have come into possession of two toolkits designed to help shape messages about the smart grid for consumers.  One was created by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), and the other by the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) housed at the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). (ISEIF supports both these groups and supported [...]

How not to ask ISEIF for money

March 9th, 2017|Blog|

For someone new to fundraising for a non-profit it is not at all obvious how to approach a foundation. Some of us at ISEIF have been in your shoes for more years than we've been in our shoes, so we get that. Few errors are fatal here. But here are a few ways that people [...]

Stepford wives, R2D2, and the new smart home

March 9th, 2017|Blog|

This is the first of a new feature for the ISEIF blog. A chat between Clare & Uzma, lightly edited and transcribed. Enjoy: Clare:  Hey Uzma, I found the chat button! Feeling so empowered! Uzma:  Hooray! Can you hear me now? Clare:  It makes me want to chat about a smart home! Uzma:  I think [...]

A person on fire does not want a sandwich

February 8th, 2017|Blog|

A person who is on fire does not want a sandwich. A person who is on fire wants a fire extinguisher. This explains, in one horrible metaphor, how ISEIF looks at pedagogical questions, and it explains why we sometimes decline proposals that might make sense on their face, and that are submitted by excellent organizations. [...]

Finding people where they are

December 15th, 2016|Blog|

Our friends at Elevate Energy continually impress with their Adena Rivas of Elevate Energy offers a lunch and learn to Walmart employees creative community energy outreach. They know how to find people where they are. Down in southeastern Illinois, where it can be hard to gather a crowd, Adena Rivas (right) might offer [...]

Three Little Questions – Bob Wengel at The Shedd Aquarium

November 10th, 2016|Blog|

Did you ever wish you could ask someone who does something really cool for a living three little questions to understand their world better? We’ve decided to make the three little questions an occasional feature of the ISEIF blog. To start us off, we asked Bob Wengel, Vice President for Facilities at the Shedd Aquarium [...]

Tilting at Windmills – and Winning

October 5th, 2016|Blog|

As part of our Surge Summit in September, ISEIF staff took the time to tour some local sustainable businesses. I got to go on the tour of Testa Produce, which I’ve wanted to do since the first time I saw their big wind turbine spinning slowly from 47th street. Katie Moster, their Marketing Coordinator, showed [...]