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Philanthropist, Mom and Grandparent | Art Matters Founder

Laura Donnelley is an innovative philanthropist passionate in her support of the arts and the environment. She co-founded Art Matters in 1985 with educator Philip Yenawine to support artists and their process, which coincided with the growing Aids epidemic and issues of freedom of speech. In addition to Art Matters, Donnelley founded the Good Works Foundation, a private, family foundation, which supports the arts, and Climate Resiliency; And in the late ‘70s, she helped develop the Aspen Art Museum. Donnelley is a longtime board member of The Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF), funders in the regions of Chicago and the Low Country of South Carolina. GDDF focuses on support for small vibrant arts organizations, collections of regional importance, and long-term collaborative land conservation initiatives. Donnelley also currently serves as a trustee of Sarah Lawrence College. Laura has four children, Max, Mimi, Claire and Zane. Her grandchildren, Felix,Naomi and Ida Joon are the coolest kids on the planet!