Ginger and Barry

Our founders Ginger and Barry Ackerley, after experiencing success in advertising and media, committed themselves to philanthropy. Believing that knowledge and understanding have the power to make a difference in the world, they chose to devote their time and resources to advancing education in the Puget Sound region—especially early learning.

Now, following Barry's passing, the whole family remains committed to the same values. The foundation continues by honoring his legacy, engaging in a larger effort to ensure that children enter school prepared to learn throughout their lives.

The Ackerley family takes a "venture philanthropy" approach to giving, contributing both time and resources to ensure success for the organizations they invest in. The family believes that funding alone is not sufficient, and only through close, long term partnerships will transformative results be achieved for the children of our region.

"Because of the Ackerley Foundation, more children and families who have experienced homelessness now have access to critical services that strengthen both parent and child so they can triumph over trauma and reach their full potential."
NICK BAUMGARTNER
GRANT WRITER / WELLSPRING FAMILY SERVICES

THE MAGIC OF GIVING / THE ACKERLEY STORY

The Ackerley foundations leadership is made up of two generations of the Ackerley family.

Ginger Ackerley

CHAIRMAN

Kim Ackerley Cleworth

PRESIDENT / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chris Ackerley

VICE PRESIDENT

Ted Ackerley

VICE PRESIDENT

Peter Cleworth

BOARD MEMBER

Diana Ackerley

BOARD MEMBER

Danielle Ackerley

BOARD MEMBER

In Memoriam: Barry Ackerley

For his candor, courage and kindness, our co-founder Barry Ackerley is dearly missed.