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…

We’re Hiring

We are hiring an Executive Assistant. The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, a 67-year-old family foundation, awards approximately $6 million a year in grants to support land conservation, the arts, and collections in the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Its work includes communications,…

Arts Professional Development Resources

The following resources were recommended by Chicago arts organizations supported by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. Some of these are national and/or broader than arts, so would be applicable in the Lowcountry and in land or collections, as well. Workshops/ Executive Education / Webinars…

For Immediate Release: Survey of 61 small arts organizations in Chicago reveals benefits of virtual programming, impact on plans for 2021

[header images – Silk Road Rising and Cerqua Rivera CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THESE IMAGES AND MORE] CHICAGO [January 26, 2021]—The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—an organization that offers unrestricted grants to 175 small arts organizations in Chicago with budgets under $1…

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). TimestampOrganization NameIn what city neighborhood or town are you in?Event NameEvent link (for more information) Brief Description Event Start DateEvent End DateEvent...

Hope and resilience in the new year | January 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year Last week’s peaceful transfer of power in our nation’s capital buoyed our spirits for this new year. Celebratory poetry and music remind us of the power of the arts to both unite and inspire us. The diversity of voices at the podium…

Inside Philanthropy: Seeking More Diverse Collections, an Arts Funder Looks Beyond Museums and Libraries

Seeking More Diverse Collections, an Arts Funder Looks Beyond Museums and Libraries by Mike Scutari, Inside Philanthropy One of the big themes across arts philanthropy is funders’ efforts to expand grantmaking and engage communities that traditionally weren’t on their radars. This work can take many…

The Results Are In! Artspace Market Survey of Charleston

It is no secret in the Charleston region that, for artists, affordable space is hard to come by. This is true both for work space and living quarters as the development boom continues and neighborhoods are changing before our eyes. For years the Foundation has…

A Year-End Note of Gratitude – December 2020

As this tumultuous year comes to a close, we would like to thank our grantees, co-funders, and other partners for your perseverance, thoughtfulness, and creativity as we continue to navigate unprecedented times. Your efforts illustrate the choice between hope and resignation as we continue to…

Broadening Narratives launch webinar

Video from our October 21, 2020 launch event for our new collections strategy, Broadening Narratives.  Webinar includes a short video sharing some stories from Chicago and the Lowcountry, a history of how the strategy came to be, a panel discussion with two collecting organizations, as...