Getting to Know… Lowcountry Artistic Vitality

Discover more about our Lowcountry Artistic Vitality program and how GDDF supports the rich and vital arts scene in this unique region. Photo: The Gibbes Museum in Charleston hosted a masquerade opening of the exhibition Something Terrible May Happen: The Works of Aubrey Beardsley and…

Getting to Know… Collections & Broadening Narratives

Discover more about our Collections program and Broadening Narratives strategy. Photo: Student researchers at Claflin University work with a collection of photos from the collection of civil rights photographer Cecil Williams. Our 5 Questions Getting to Know Series asks our program officers to provide an…

Cash Reserve Grants Support Chicago Small Arts Stability and Sustainability

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation expands commitment to Chicago’s small arts organizations by offering grants to establish or expand critical cash reserves, increasing the sector’s financial stability and sustainability   Foundation has provided $550,000 in cash reserves funding to 27 small arts organizations in the…

Getting to Know… Chicago Land Conservation

Discover more about our Chicago Land Conservation program and how we support natural and working lands protection. Photo: Midewin Tallgrass Prairie is home to the largest prairie restoration project east of the Mississippi. Our 5 Questions Getting to Know Series asks our program officers to…

Getting to Know… Chicago Artistic Vitality

Discover more about our Chicago Artistic Vitality program and how we support neighborhood small arts organizations that are the spark for Chicago’s artistic innovation. Photo: Chicago Dance Crash is one of the premier hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the Midwest. Photo courtesy of Mark Hackman….

Getting to Know… Lowcountry Land Conservation

Our 5 Questions Getting to Know Series asks our program officers to provide an introduction to our work and insights about what is interesting and unique about each of our program areas. By Jason Crowley, Lowcountry Program Director Why does the Foundation support land conservation…

Remarks and Reflections of David Farren at the Arts Club of Chicago

Remarks delivered by retiring Executive Director David Farren on December 6, 2023 at a reception honoring his 11 years of service to the Foundation. I’m honored for all of you to be here to mark my retirement. It’s really a celebration of what we’ve done…

Arnold Randall Named Next Executive Director

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation announces the appointment of Arnold L. Randall as its next Executive Director. Randall currently serves as the General Superintendent of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the nation’s oldest and largest forest preserve system. He is a thoughtful and…

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…

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Executive Director David Farren to Retire at End of Year

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, a family foundation with a three-generation legacy in the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina, announces that our long-term Executive Director, David Farren, will retire at year-end. Over his 11-year tenure, the Foundation has been a leading…