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. 

Leveraging Enhanced Federal Conservation Programs to Support On-the-Ground Conservation

by Rebecca Judd, Program Officer – Conservation While the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is a place-based foundation in the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina, in a time of challenge from 2017 to 2020, we recognized the compelling need to support advocacy…

COVID-19 impact survey paints bleak picture for non-profits in creative, cultural sector

COVID-19 impact survey paints bleak picture for non-profits in creative, cultural sector Sector surviving on emergency funding, more needed COLUMBIA, S.C. – A recent survey of South Carolina nonprofit organizations revealed more than half serving in the creative and cultural sector lacked the funding to continue…

Arts Professional Development Resources

The following resources were recommended by Chicago arts organizations supported by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. Some of these are national and/or broader than arts, so would be applicable in the Lowcountry and in land or collections, as well. Workshops/ Executive Education / Webinars…

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