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

Through grantmaking and other tools, the Foundation helps strengthen and sustain the communities in which we work by supporting equitable and inclusive access and engagement with land, art, and collections.

Natural lands; preserved and restored on a landscape scale — are critical to the well-being of wildlife, plant life, and human communities.
Arts organizations; creatively accomplished and operationally strong — are the backbone of our regions’ artistic vitality.
Collections; accessible to the public and creatively interpreted, urge us to consider where we’ve been, where we are now and where our next steps might take us.


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Announcing the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PRESS RELEASE On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, supported by the philanthropic community, announced Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, which will support individual artists and artisans – including stage and production members and part-time cultural workers…

Art to See (Virtually) – From GDDF Grantees

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New Study Reveals Significant Impact of Chicago’s Storefront Theatres

Despite limited resources, 41 small theatre companies in Chicago filled a combined quarter of a million seats last season and staged more than 60 world premieres CHICAGO [November 20, 2019]— The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—an organization that offers unrestricted grants to…

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