Clare Butterfield: Executive Director

Clare Butterfield has been named Executive Director of the Christopher Family Foundation (CFF), effective October 1, 2018. She joins CFF after serving as Program Director for the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, where she initiated a robust statewide grants program to engage Illinois consumers in the transformation to a digital electric grid. Previously, she was the Founder and Executive Director of Faith in Place, a statewide organization created to diversify and expand the environmental advocacy community. Butterfield has also served as an organizer for Faith in Place at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Prior to that, she worked as a transactional attorney, specializing in corporate and tax law.

Butterfield received a J.D. from the University of Illinois, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois. She is also ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Rooted in a Christian perspective, the Christopher Family Foundation (CFF) uses its grantmaking to foster creativity and innovation and to build capacity and collaboration in the Foundation’s areas of funding priority. CFF is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities, primarily in the greater Chicago area and in Illinois, through its four major program areas: Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship, Individual & Family Health & Wellbeing, and Community & Fellowship.