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.


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

$200,000 in grants awarded to 32 museums, libraries, and other collecting organizations in Chicago and South Carolina to provide immediate relief

For Immediate Release Click here for photos Full list of grantees GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLEY FOUNDATION AWARDS $200,000 IN GRANTS TO 32 MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES AND OTHER COLLECTING ORGANIZATIONS IN CHICAGO AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF This follows $2 million of expedited general operating funds to its…

Reflecting on Actions to Address Institutional Racism

David Farren, Executive Director of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Compounding the trauma that communities of color are disproportionately experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, black communities in this country have yet again been traumatized by the senseless killing of George Floyd while…

Art to See (Virtually) – From GDDF Grantees

Grantee photos, clockwise from top left: Theatre Wit (IL), Charleston Jazz Orchestra (SC), Access Contemporary Music (IL), Khecari Dance (IL), Village Rep (SC). [If you have issues with the links below, please visit the Google Doc directly here.]

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