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The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize


Last Updated: 2016-07-22

At A Glance

The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

10 S. Dearborn St., 21st Fl.

Chicago, IL United States 60603-2300

Telephone: 8668885157

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $7,457,159

Total giving: $300,000






Established in 1994 in NY - Founded in the name of the late Dorothy and Lillian Gish. Lillian Gish was a stage and television actress, as well as prominent film star of the 1910s and 1920s. Among her numerous screen roles, Ms. Gish was particularly associated with the films of director D.W. Griffith, including her leading role in his film "Birth of a Nation." She also appeared in "Night of the Hunter" and "A Wedding." Dorothy Gish was the younger sister of Lillian Gish and an actress who starred in over 100 short films and features, many of them with Lillian. Among the films she appeared in are "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" and "Centennial Summer."

Purpose and Activities

Awards an annual prize in Nov. for lifetime achievement in the arts to one individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

Annual prize awarded by nomination only to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the appreciation of the arts.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Performing arts
  • Theater

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $7,457,159 (market value)

Expenditures: $530,067

Total giving: $300,000

Qualifying distributions: $445,215