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). Are you in the Chicago Region or Lowcountry?Event Start DateEvent End DateEvent TimeEvent NameBrief Description Event CostEvent link (for more information) Organization...

May 2021 Newsletter

Latest News Make sure you never miss any Foundation news and sign up for our newsletter. We recently reaffirmed our ongoing commitment to diversity and equity in stewarding our endowment, from managers to investments. The full letter in Crain’s Chicago Business includes several ways for foundations and others…

For Immediate Release: Additional $750,000 announced to illuminate underrepresented narratives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLEY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $750,000 IN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TOWARDS “BROADENING NARRATIVES,” A MAJOR NEW FUNDING INITIATIVE TO ILLUMINATE UNDERREPRESENTED NARRATIVES Next deadline for applications is July 30, 2021 CHICAGO—Less than a year after announcing the allocation…

For Immediate Release: $3 million in Grants to Small Arts & Culture Orgs

GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLEY FOUNDATION EXPEDITES ADDITIONAL $3 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SMALL ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS IN CHICAGO AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO PROVIDE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 RELIEF Grants include $750,000 in additional support designated for the Foundation’s new Broadening Narratives collections strategy to…

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…