ADDITIONAL $2.1 MILLION IN GRANTS EXPEDITED TO SMALL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS IN CHICAGO TO PROVIDE THIRD WAVE OF COVID-19 RELIEF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS PHOTO: Congo Square Theatre Company’s first rehearsal for the upcoming production of “What To Send Up When it Goes Down,” March 31-May 1, 2022 Photo by John Boehm CHICAGO [March 16, 2022]—One year after its April 2021 announcement…

What don’t you know about the place you live?

Seeking your stories, Kerri Forrest – Lowcountry Program Director – talks about Broadening Narratives at Pecha Kucha Charleston 38

We’re Hiring

Please check back for new career opportunities with GDDF soon! BACKGROUND The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (“GDDF”) is a 70-year-old family foundation with offices in Chicago and Charleston, SC. Our mission is to sustain and build resilient, vital, engaged, and equitable communities in the Chicago…

Year End Greetings – December 2021 Newsletter

In Gratitude To say the least, 2021 was another challenging year for our grantees and other colleagues on a variety of fronts. As a year-end reflection, I’d like to express my gratitude for the way the GDDF board and staff have worked tirelessly to meet...

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…

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…

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…