Announcing 11 collections projects to be funded by Broadening Narratives grant initiative to illuminate underrepresented stories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grants total $670,000 to 11 collecting organizations and five advisory groups in Chicago and the Lowcountry of South Carolina; Grant recipients will receive a range of $20,000 to $200,000 to fund new projects. CHICAGO [Dec 8, 2021]—The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the…

Call for Art! Deadline December 15

We are hosting our 3rd biennial Lowcountry Land Conservation Symposium on May 10, 2022 and seeking artwork from Lowcountry artists to use for the branding of the event. Submissions should represent the theme Inclusive Conservation in the Lowcountry: Resilient Communities Working Together. Selected artwork will…

Survey of 91 performing arts organizations in Chicago reveals 44% still uncertain about return to in-person performances

Despite overall industry comeback, smaller organizations still struggling to reopen FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IMAGES [in header, clockwise from left: The Space Movement Project, Remy Bumppo, Red Twist] CHICAGO [October 25, 2021]—The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—an organization that…

Headed into fall – September 2021 Newsletter

New Charleston Office We have moved to a new office in Charleston. While still primarily working remotely, we are receiving mail here, and we hope to host visitors again starting early 2022, COVID-permitting.New Phone – 843.972.7187New Address – 1640 Meeting Street Road Suite 303 Charleston,…

Fall outlook from Lowcountry arts groups: What’s next in the face of the Delta variant?

Longtime boosters of the arts in the Lowcountry and Chicago, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF) collaborated with Together SC and the SC Arts Commission to survey 3,782 arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits in the spring of 2021. They aimed to take a pulse…

New staff, new grants, new office – Summertime news from GDDF

New Staff We are pleased to welcome two new staff members! Baronica Roberson will join our team on August 30th as Director, Finance and Administration. She comes to us after serving as Deputy Commissioner/Chief Financial and Operating Officer for the Chicago Public Library. More about Baronica here. Natalie…

Welcome, Baronica!

We are pleased to welcome Baronica Roberson to the GDDF team. Beginning August 30th she will be our Director, Finance and Administration. Baronica brings sound financial management and strong operational experience to GDDF and will serve as strategic business partner, advisor and thought-leader, reporting directly…

Announcing ten projects funded by new “Broadening Narratives” grant initiative

GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLEY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES COLLECTIONS PROJECTS FUNDED BY GROUNDBREAKING “BROADENING NARRATIVES” GRANT INITIATIVE TO ILLUMINATE UNDERREPRESENTED STORIES   Grants total $579,000 to ten organizations in Chicago and Lowcountry of South Carolina; Grant recipients to each receive a range of $20,000 to $100,000 to fund…

Welcome, Natalie!

We are pleased to welcome Natalie Birk, who started in June as our Executive Assistant. Natalie brings over 30 years of government and non-profit management experience to GDDF. Natalie has held leadership and management positions at a number of institutions including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial…

Art to See 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’re an arts organization with an upcoming event that’s not on this list, please complete this form to be added and make...