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  • 2013 In Review

    Posted on December 20, 2013
    Written by David Farren
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    As we come to the end of my first year at GDDF, this is a good moment to thank everyone who has helped welcome and orient me. My appreciation ranges across land conservation, arts and collections, as well as the larger philanthropic and non-profit communities in both the Chicago region and the South Carolina Lowcountry. As I reflect on 2013, here...

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  • Introducing our two new staff in Chicago - Ellen Placey Wadey, Program Officer and Clover Morell, Grants and Administrative Assistant. 

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  • Last fall, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation completed a grantee and stakeholder survey with the Center for Effective Philanthropy - our third effort over the past decade to solicit feedback. Our heartfelt thanks to all those who completed the anonymous surveys, as they are an important tool for us. See what we're doing as a result of your feedback.

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  • As I compose this initial post as Judith Stockdale's successor, I'm delighted by the warm welcome I've received in my new role, both here in Chicago and in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Although it can sometimes sound like a cliché, the opportunity to lead GDDF truly is a "dream job" for me.

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