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…

COVID-19 impact survey paints bleak picture for non-profits in creative, cultural sector

COVID-19 impact survey paints bleak picture for non-profits in creative, cultural sector Sector surviving on emergency funding, more needed COLUMBIA, S.C. – A recent survey of South Carolina nonprofit organizations revealed more than half serving in the creative and cultural sector lacked the funding to continue…

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

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…