The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation invests in Land Conservation, Artistic Vitality, and Regionally Significant Collections in the Chicago region and Lowcountry of South Carolina.

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We foster land conservation through preservation, restoration, and protection of strategic lands. We encourage artistic vitality by helping professional arts organizations build their organizational readiness. We support increased access to regionally significant collections.


WE'RE HIRING! A position announcement for Director - Lowcountry Program will be posted after Labor Day.

From the Blog

Calumet Field Notes

Notes from our three day immersive board meeting in the Calumet region. Read More »

Begin Here

What has five syllables, is difficult to pronounce but is an easy way to learn more about the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation? Read More »

Remembering Life Director Elliott R. Donnelley

We are saddened to share that Elliott Ranney Donnelley, eldest son of Gaylord and Dorothy, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Elliott was the first of Gaylord and Dorothy’s children... Read More »

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22 Aug
Our own @theaterwit is wowing Las Vegas w 'Seven Homeless Mammoths' #notstayinginvegas

22 Aug
We supported @tpl_org 7 years ago for initial work on @The606Chicago. Excited to see it coming together.

15 Aug
Help determine the future of recreation at Francis Marion Natl Forest w @USForestService this Saturday 8/16

2 Aug
Site of our most recent PRI: Nature preserve doubles in size; restoration planned @HeinzeTrust @PostTrib