For Immediate Release: Major new funding initiative to illuminate underrepresented narratives through collections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLEY FOUNDATION  ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW FUNDING INITIATIVE FOR COLLECTING ORGANIZATIONS IN CHICAGO AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY TO ILLUMINATE UNDERREPRESENTED NARRATIVES Foundation to award $750,000 annually in grants to museums, libraries and other collecting organizations…

Individual actions make a big impact – September 2020 Newsletter

Friends – It’s cooling down in Chicago, and though it doesn’t feel like it in the Lowcountry, we have entered meteorological fall. While the COVID pandemic continues to impact our communities, we are now in hurricane season in the Southeast and smoky haze from the wildfires devastating…

August 2020 Newsletter – Grants awarded, the Great American Outdoors Act, arts and collections in the news, and more…

At our virtual board meeting in July, the board approved 40 grants totaling $2.1 million across our program areas and regions. 15 of these totaling nearly $450,000 were to organizations new to us. See the full list of grants awarded this year, including emergency and expedited…

$200,000 in grants awarded to 32 museums, libraries, and other collecting organizations in Chicago and South Carolina to provide immediate relief

For Immediate Release Click here for photos Full list of grantees GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLEY FOUNDATION AWARDS $200,000 IN GRANTS TO 32 MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES AND OTHER COLLECTING ORGANIZATIONS IN CHICAGO AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF This follows $2 million of expedited general operating funds to its…

Reflecting on Actions to Address Institutional Racism

David Farren, Executive Director of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Compounding the trauma that communities of color are disproportionately experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, black communities in this country have yet again been traumatized by the senseless killing of George Floyd while…

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). [If you have issues with the links below, please visit the Google Doc directly here.]

CARES / PPP Resources

With this week’s passing of the PPP Health Care Enhancement Act, also known as the “COVID-19 3.5” relief package, we are sharing some resources below that explain what’s available to groups, as well as provide support for applications. IFF and the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA…

GDDF Response to COVID-19

May 15, 2020 COLLECTIONS EMERGENCY FUNDS AWARDED TODAY Last month we launched our Collections Emergency Relief Fund, and today we are pleased to announce we expended the full $200,000 fund, awarding grants to 32 small, regionally-focused museums, libraries, and other collecting organizations across the Chicago Region and the Lowcountry of South…

Learning as We Go, Responding to the COVID Pandemic

No doubt, the COVID-19 crisis elicits a strong sense of purpose in every grantmaker, interspersed with moments of feeling overwhelmed. How do we meet all of the pressing needs in a society with a relatively weak social safety net and glaring inequalities, relative to our…

Collections Emergency Relief Fund

The Collections Emergency Relief Fund was established to provide immediate support to smaller collections organizations in both Chicago and the Lowcountry, with immediate lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Museums and libraries with budgets up to $1 million and regionally focused…