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

22 Oct
Art+Ecology: Photo exhibit @librarysociety celebrating 25yrs of #ACEBasin preservation @artistresidency #aac14conf

22 Oct
We sponsored the #aac14conf @artistresidency opening reception at @reduxartcenter one of our #CHS arts grantees.

21 Oct
Powerful public art in Charleston SC, aligned w @artistresidency pre-conference theme Art+Ecology.

21 Oct
Busy conference week! We've got staff in #CHS for @artistresidency & DC for @NWLLC