Supporting land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional collections for the people of the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

We seek to sustain and build resilient, vital, engaged, and equitable communities in our two regions by supporting conservation, arts, and collecting organizations.

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Announcing 11 collections projects to be funded by Broadening Narratives grant initiative to illuminate underrepresented stories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grants total $670,000 to 11 collecting organizations and five advisory groups in Chicago and the Lowcountry of South Carolina; Grant recipients will receive a range of $20,000 to $200,000 to fund new projects. CHICAGO [Dec 8, 2021]—The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the…

Survey of 91 performing arts organizations in Chicago reveals 44% still uncertain about return to in-person performances

Despite overall industry comeback, smaller organizations still struggling to reopen FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IMAGES [in header, clockwise from left: The Space Movement Project, Remy Bumppo, Red Twist] CHICAGO [October 25, 2021]—The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—an organization that…

Fall outlook from Lowcountry arts groups: What’s next in the face of the Delta variant?

Longtime boosters of the arts in the Lowcountry and Chicago, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF) collaborated with Together SC and the SC Arts Commission to survey 3,782 arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits in the spring of 2021. They aimed to take a pulse…

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