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About Shawn M. Donnelley

Shawn M. Donnelley is President of Strategic Giving, a Chicago-based firm providing consultation on philanthropy. She is a member of the executive committee of the Chicago Community Trust as well as a Guild Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge and on the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, American Associates of the National Theatre and is a past chairman and current life trustee of the Goodman Theatre.

Her honors include Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Award, Today's Chicago Woman one of 100 Women Making a Difference in Chicago and Outstanding Individual Philanthropist, Treasure Coast Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2008 she was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty under Forty.” 

A member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Commercial Club of Chicago she previously served 10 years on the boards of United States Artists and Loyola University New Orleans.

Ms. Donnelley is the former head of political affairs for R.R. Donnelley. She received a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans and an M.A. from Emerson College. A Florida native, Ms. Donnelley resides in Chicago and Cambridge, England.

Shawn M. Donnelley


Past Board Positions:

  • Board Member, The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago 

  • Trustee, Alpha Chi Omega Foundation 

  • Board of Directors, Chicago Communities in Schools 

  • Board of Directors, City Year Chicago 

  • Board of Directors, Chicago Youth Centers 

  • Trustee, Emerson College 

  • Trustee, Loyola University New Orleans 

  • Board of Directors, United States Artists 

  • Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Divinity School 

  • Visiting Committee of the Division of the Humanities University of Chicago