Lowcountry Land Conservation Partnership

The Lowcountry Land Conservation Partnership (LCLCP) is a collaboration of diverse organizations working across the entire Lowcountry to promote the health and vitality of natural and human communities by advancing conservation goals. Initiated by the Foundation in 2005, and expanded in 2019, the Partnership’s work is guided by three shared conservation values:

  • Protection of natural systems and related cultural assets to support thriving communities and strong equitable economies, reflective of Lowcountry culture.
  • Prioritization of climate resilience as a central framework for resource allocation including migration corridors, development patterns, and increasing the region’s ability to withstand or recover from intensifying weather events and sea level rise.
  • Fostering a durable, inclusive conservation community by meaningfully engaging a diverse range of stakeholders, providing mentoring and leadership opportunities, and by building support for policies and programs that will further the goals of the partnership.


The Partnership is reauthorized by the Foundation’s board every two years. Currently, Audubon South Carolina, Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, Coastal Conservation League, Ducks Unlimited, Lowcountry Land Trust, Open Space Institute, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, Southern Environmental Law Center, and The Nature Conservancy SC participate in the LCLCP.


The Partnership’s priority landscapes are identified by the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Map, South Carolina Conservation Bank priorities in the lower coastal plain, and other conservation prioritization tools with an emphasis on efforts in eleven counties – Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Georgetown, Williamsburg, Dorchester, Marion, Jasper, Hampton, Horry – that provide resilience for nature and humans.

Grantee Perception Report: A New Landscape and New Opportunities

It would be an understatement to say a lot has happened since the last time we did a Grantee Perception Report with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) in 2017. What hasn’t changed is the Foundation’s commitment to our mission and the inspiring work of…

GDDF announces 12 collections projects to be funded by “BROADENING NARRATIVES” grant initiative to illuminate underrepresented stories

Grants total $755,500 to 12 collecting organizations and five advisory groups in Chicago and the Lowcountry of South Carolina Grant recipients will receive a range of $10,000 to $150,000 to fund new projects   CHICAGO [January 11, 2023]—The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—which supports land…

Welcome, Jason Crowley

The Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Lowcountry Program Director, Jason Crowley. Jason will begin with us February 6th, working out of our Charleston office at 1640 Meeting Street Road, along with current staff member Ame Holcombe. Jason comes to us…

2022 Year End Notes

Executive Director’s Note I’m pleased to share from the entire staff and board year-end gratitude for the perseverance and thoughtful, impactful efforts of our 300 grantees and many philanthropic partners. This has been a challenging year navigating Covid resurgences, staff goings and comings, back to…