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Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-12-30

At A Glance

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2600

Chicago, IL United States 60601-2102

Telephone: (312) 977-2700


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $185,071,697

Total giving: $4,294,222





Additional Contact Information

Address for Lowcountry Charleston office: 4 N. Atlantic Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401, tel. and fax: (843) 651-3793; mailing address: 5465 Huntington Marsh Rd., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576


Incorporated in 1952 in IL

Purpose and Activities

Primary areas of interest include conservation and environment, and arts and culture.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Artistic Vitality

Vibrant arts make for vibrant communities. The foundation encourages artistic vitality by nurturing excellence, participation, and appreciation in the professional arts using the following strategies: 1) Supporting professional arts organizations that create excellent and innovative art; and 2) Creating lasting public access to significant collections that illuminate the cultural heritage of our two regions.

Employee Matching Gifts

The foundation matches the contributions of its employees to charitable organizations.

Land Conservation

A healthy natural environment is crucial to healthy human communities, but natural land is scarce, threatened and, once lost, may be gone forever. The foundation supports long-term partnerships that bring together people from diverse backgrounds who value, nurture and protect the natural environment. The foundation’s work is designed to advance three primary strategies: 1) Preserve, restore and protect strategic lands that contribute to the health of the regional ecosystem; 2) Build and support constituencies that value and engage in land stewardship; and 3) Engage young people.(Unsolicited proposals are not accepted in this area.).

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan for preservation of wetlands. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans for preserving industrial heritage and celebrating labor history, and for land conservation and artistic vitality for communities in the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Environment
  • Natural resources
  • Performing arts
  • Theater
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $185,071,697 (market value)

Expenditures: $6,898,082

Total giving: $4,294,222

Qualifying distributions: $9,416,003