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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GDDF News

Explore recent news and stories from the Foundation, grantees, and partners. 

2022 Lowcountry Land Conservation Symposium

  The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation held its third Lowcountry Land Conservation Symposium for its land conservation grantees at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC.   “Inclusive Conservation in the Lowcountry: Resilient Communities Working Together” was this year’s theme, and the day-long event included morning…

ADDITIONAL $2.1 MILLION IN GRANTS EXPEDITED TO SMALL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS IN CHICAGO TO PROVIDE THIRD WAVE OF COVID-19 RELIEF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS PHOTO: Congo Square Theatre Company’s first rehearsal for the upcoming production of “What To Send Up When it Goes Down,” March 31-May 1, 2022 Photo by John Boehm CHICAGO [March 16, 2022]—One year after its April 2021 announcement…

What don’t you know about the place you live?

Seeking your stories, Kerri Forrest – Lowcountry Program Director – talks about Broadening Narratives at Pecha Kucha Charleston 38

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