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About Clare Butterfield

Clare Butterfield is the Program Director at ISEIF

Three Little Questions – Doug Farr

2017-07-31T13:48:10+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Blog|

This month, ISEIF got to pose three little questions to Doug Farr, Founding Principal and President of Farr Associates and a national leader in designing sustainable neighborhoods and buildings. Doug’s most recent book, Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future, will be available later this year. Doug’s work on Sustainable Nation led him to [...]

Love and Enchiladas and the Smart Grid

2017-06-20T17:35:47+00:00 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)

2017-06-20T17:55:04+00:00 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

2017-05-16T21:33:49+00:00 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

2017-04-26T16:15:12+00:00 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

2017-03-09T21:39:15+00:00 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

2017-03-09T19:57:56+00:00 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

2017-02-08T16:33:52+00:00 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

2016-12-15T21:52:24+00:00 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 [...]