Elliott Donnelley is a founding general partner of the White Sand Investor Group, a fifth generation investment partnership of the Chicago-based R.R. Donnelley family. He is also a founder of KD Venture Partners, a seed stage impact and InvestTech investment fund based in Silicon Valley. As an investor of both his personal and family’s assets, Donnelley focuses on the nexus between investment for financial return and investment for social and environmental impact and is actively investing in innovative companies that promise to have a significant impact on our society and planet.
Donnelley is a member of the board of trustees of the LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation and LGT Impact Ventures, the impact platforms of the Royal Family of Lichtenstein and the LGT Bank. From 2006 to 2007, he attended the Philanthropy Workshop West and from 2009 to 2011 served as the co-chairman of its Board of Trustees. As a member of its executive committee, he helped to oversee a merger with the UK based Institute of Philanthropy and now continues to serve on the board as vice chairman of the merged organization—The Philanthropy Workshop—which is one the top philanthropy education organizations in the world.
He is also a member of Synergos' Board of Trustees and is a member of its Global Philanthropist Circle. He also serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and Stanford University’s Global Project Center. Donnelley is also an adviser to the China Global Philanthropy Institute, and was instrumental in helping to launch the China Philanthropy Forum. He has appeared as a speaker, moderator, and facilitator at conferences in the US, Europe, and China.