founders 

Ginger and Barry

With wealth comes great responsibility. That value, along with compassion and dedication to hard work, has guided the Ackerley family for decades.

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 most of the world’s ills, they chose to devote their time and resources to advancing education in Washington—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.


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