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

Field Notes from the Lowcountry

The coast north of Charleston, South Carolina is rich with extensive natural areas, which Foundation board and staff visited in November. Read More »

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 »

Recent Tweets

11 Dec
Congrats @sethbou of @acmchicago MT @jvonrhein: Putting new #classical music within reach of all #chicagomusic

6 Dec
Weekend plans? Visit the untamed #Lowcountry of the #ACEBasin - Maps & videos by @islandpacket for birding, hiking

5 Dec
Congrats #migratory bird conservation champions @BeidlerAudubon @nature_sc @DucksUnlimited @SCDNR & @USFWSSoutheast

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