Websites, Postcards, & Annual Reports

Client: Chicago Community Loan Fund

Project Team: DanielColleen

The Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) is a community development financial institution (CDFI), serving the greater Chicago area. Check out our news item to learn more about CDFI’s. We’ve worked with CCLF on several projects, starting with the design and construction of their online tool Building for Sustainability. That was followed by re-designing their main website

Building for Sustainability is full of resources for architects, contractors, and building owners interested in energy efficient design, construction, and retrofit. The new website replaced a publication, ensuring that all resources can have up-to-date information and saving CCLF significant paper use and printing costs. To let people know about the new resource, Colleen designed a postcard for CCLF to draw people to the site and a second postcard to help them promote upcoming workshops and trainings on sustainable building.

We worked with CCLF to put together their 2009-2010 annual report, assisting them in identifying the themes, stories, and images for their various audiences. Colleen and Daniel put together a few initial design directions for staff to review and revised until we had a finished template. We provided direction to their photographer and selected images to pair with content on each page. Emily Copeland provided content editing and Daniel coordinated printing and shipping to deliver the finished copies right to their door.

CCLF wanted to reduce their paper use and print costs in the Annual Report process. Daniel set up a digital publication tool, embedding the report on their website and allowing CCLF to easily link their constituents to the page. The number of printed reports and mailing costs were cut substantially.

Working with Tamarack has been an absolute pleasure and we hope to expand our relationship. They are personable, responsive, intelligent and creative. However, above all else they are dedicated. You guys are great.
Jesse Davis, Project Manager @ CCLF

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