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.

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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

2 Aug
Site of our most recent PRI: Nature preserve doubles in size; restoration planned @HeinzeTrust @PostTrib

1 Aug
Hundreds of dragonflies are convening on our deck 26 stories above downtown Chicago - anyone know why or how?

24 Jul
Summing up what we did during our 3-day Calumet board meeting a couple weekends ago. Thanks for following along!

16 Jul
How to use your org's data to illustrate impact; Illinois Cultural Data Project 7/21/14 Data+Stories=Impact