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

Reflections on the Donnelley Board

The success of our Foundation is no doubt due in part to the unusual structure of our board for a family foundation: Family members work closely with others from Chicago and the Lowcountry, helping to guide our mission and strategies. Read More »

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 »

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23 Nov
Meeting time @HobcawBarony a 16,000 acre research center. Learn more about this historic property

23 Nov
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23 Nov
Sandy Island: Conservation victory story #Waccamaw #NWR @selc_org @scccl @brookgreensc @nature_org @USFWSSoutheast

23 Nov
Learning the conservation history of #Winyah Bay from @SCDNR , heading up the #PeeDee River.