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

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A Year-End Note of Gratitude – December 2020

As this tumultuous year comes to a close, we would like to thank our grantees, co-funders, and other partners for your perseverance, thoughtfulness, and creativity as we continue to navigate unprecedented times. Your efforts illustrate the choice between hope and resignation as we continue to…

Broadening Narratives launch webinar

Video from our October 21, 2020 launch event for our new collections strategy, Broadening Narratives.  Webinar includes a short video sharing some stories from Chicago and the Lowcountry, a history of how the strategy came to be, a panel discussion with two collecting organizations, as...

Let’s Broaden the Narrative

What do we gain from sharing our stories? Introducing our new collections strategy - Broadening Narratives.

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