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 »

Recent Tweets

22 Nov
Expansive vista of the Santee River Delta. Thousands of conserved acres are quite a sight! @nature_org

22 Nov
Red wolves at Cape Romain National Refuge. @USFWSSoutheast @USForestService

22 Nov
Fueling up for our afternoon #seeweerestaurant #awendaw

20 Nov
Announcing the new @linkshall Performance Scholarship for 2015 @ACREresidency artists! See if you're eligible -