The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation works with organizations engaged in land conservation and artistic vitality in the Chicago region and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Their mission honors the values and legacy of founders Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley by focusing on a healthy natural environment and artistic expression.
The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation fosters land conservation through preservation, restoration, and protection of strategic lands. This organization supports long-term partnerships with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds who value the natural environment. With the ultimate goal of valued and protected land, the foundation is working to strengthen vital partnerships among farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, investors, and conservation leaders that contribute to a strong local food system. The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation also brings together regional leaders in developing innovative programs to train the next generation of conservation leaders.
Healthy natural areas are increasingly critical to the revitalization of communities within the Calumet region. The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation works in collaboration with bi-state organizations to find a balance between economic development and natural areas conservation. This foundation helps strengthen local organizations, encourages partnerships among them, increases their volunteer base, and communicates their work to the broader community. As a partner in support of CSI, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation helps CSI reach the goals of raising environmental awareness by supporting conservation activities and habitat preservation.
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