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Summer 2018 Newsletter


What's New

We've been reflecting on our history and how that shapes who we are and want to be as a foundation. In this short video, Laura Donnelley, our board president, speaks about how our current work reflects her parents' legacy and values.
Laura Donnelley talks about her parents's legacy
Part of our reflective process was completing our fourth Grantee Perception Report through the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP).
In a webinar and blog for CEP, our Executive Director David Farren discussed the "secret sauce" for our high ratings and strong relationships with grantees. Susan Clark, our Director of Grants and Communications, thanked survey respondents and wrote more about our results.

In other news, we excitedly welcomed artist Rick Lowe to our board of directors. We are looking forward to his fresh perspective, as our first non-family board member from outside the Chicago Region or the Lowcountry.


News in Artistic Vitality

Our Director of Lowcountry Program, Kerri Forrest, wrote about how we're working to build a stronger arts community in the Lowcountry.

We're pleased to announce that all of our Chicago Artistic Vitality grantees will be on three-year grants by July 2020. Ellen Placey Wadey, our Chicago Program Officer, wrote about why we're making the change.


News in Land Conservation

Congratulations to Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust in South Carolina for receiving its Land Trust Alliance accreditation! Pleased to have you as an even stronger partner for conservation in the Lowcountry.

This summer in Chicago, we've gone on two field trips to restoration projects, in part supported by Foundation grants, at...

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Hiking at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

...and the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Restoration maps of Cranberry Slough Nature Preserve


This is our first newsletter in a long while, and we'd love to hear what you liked or didn't like. You can expect to hear from us again before the end of the year.

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