Gaylord And Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

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Location: 35 E Wacker Dr Ste 2600, Chicago, 60601 IL

EIN: 36-6108460

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2Builds relationships2Friendly2Gives more than money2Likes site visits2Positive leader in the field1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Insightful1Openminded1Responsive

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Gaylord And Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Oct 12, 2023

Professional in the field

They say they're trying to be anti-racist. But they still have racist policies, practices, and biases.

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Sep 25, 2023

Grant Applicant - applied in 2023

GDDF's new-ish commitment to anti-racism is good. But GDDF still has implicit biases, hierarchical power structures, and inequitable policies and practices. GDDF only backs POC when they conform to GDDF's preconceptions.

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Jul 09, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

GDDF has been a consistent and helpful source of general operating funds as our organization has grown from all volunteer to an effective, professionally run nonprofit. If your mission and goals align with the foundation's, you will be well received. Be sure to talk with the appropriate program officer before applying.


Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships

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Apr 16, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

It is not an overnight process to apply to the GDDF. The foundation wants to get to know your mission and activities first. While this may take some time (figure up to a year), they really care about understanding the work of their grantees. At times the pace of their application process slows down the work, but if you stick with it, their support is truly valuable.


Positive leader in the field, Likes site visits

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Aug 28, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be sure to work with the Lowcountry Director prior to applying, even better during the conceptual stage of your new program (if new), or in the planning stages (if current), as they can help you angle it the right way or provide feedback if they will even find it to begin with. Application process is very straightforward and easier than many.


Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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