Our mission of Land Conservation and Artistic Vitality for communities in the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina honors the values and legacy of our founders Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley by focusing on a healthy natural environment and artistic expression.
Where We Work
How We Work
No organization creates change on its own. In both land conservation and artistic vitality we partner with many organizations. We are particularly interested in collaborations that recognize the value of diverse groups working together. In these situations we do more than make grants, by organizing our work into initiatives. Within initiatives we commission and share research, using data to best understand the issues. We support coaching to build the strength of organizations. We connect people through convening, encouraging them to work together. We employ strategic communications to help larger audiences better understand challenges and opportunities.
Applying for a grant
If your organization is considering a grant application, please review our Programs section to make sure your proposal is relevant to our mission and regions. While we organize the bulk of our work into initiatives, your proposal need not fit into any particular intiative to be eligible. To learn more, visit the Grants section. We do not have a Letter of Intent (LOI) process. Instead, we encourage you to call us with questions as you shape your proposal.