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.

Where We Work


How We Work


In addition to our primary work of grantmaking, we engage in partnerships and convenings, commission and share research, and use coaching to build the strength of organizations.


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

30 Aug
Beverly Shores, IN is seeing stars. Lakeside town in Calumet Region replaced streetlamps, joined @NIPSCO

29 Aug
New season, new brand - @SeanachaiTC renames itself Irish Theatre of Chicago @Suntimes

26 Aug
Celebrating 30Yrs! @ILMICanal Heritage Corridor @IllinoisDNR @HHPreservItNPS @LewisUniversity #HeritageArea30

26 Aug
Monday morning feel good story: Squirrel saved during Fox River canoe trip