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! Director - Lowcountry Program (PDF for download). Those interested may contact Susan Himmelfarb at The Himmelfarb Group for additional information; please do not contact the Foundation.

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 »

Recent Tweets

29 Oct
Big #MillenniumReserve news @nwi: Public recreational access coming to Lake Calumet

28 Oct
Landscape scale conservation in photos MT @NatGeoMag: New issue reveals the wildness of South Carolina's #ACEBasin

25 Oct
Chicago! RT @ABPPNPS: Arnold Randall of @FPDCC and @chiwilderness discusses challenges in urban landscape. #NWLLC2014

24 Oct
Dr. Mamie Parker bringing it home at #NWLLC2014 ! We're all "a piece of work!"