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Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation

4111 E. Madison St., No. 210

Seattle, WA United States 98112-3241

Telephone: (206) 624-2888


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $18,161,673

Total giving: $547,799






Established in 1997 in WA

Purpose and Activities

Grants to public and private institutions around Puget Sound that sponsor core programs enhancing the education of young learners. Support opportunities such as skills support, literacy development, mentoring relationships and programs that connect school and home.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

The Ackerley Partnership for Teacher Development

The Ackerley Partnership for Teacher Development with the University of Washington is a multi-year program designed to improve teacher retention and hence student performance. The program has 2 major elements. First, the program establishes a support system for new teachers that creates a mentoring program, installs new technology for improving their teaching skills, and facilitates the sharing of learning among the 40 partner schools. Secondly, the program increases opportunities for teachers to apply new discoveries in the science of learning, including an intensive summer workshop for teachers from the partner schools.

Thrive By Five

Under the leadership of Gov. Christine Gregoire, legislation was passed to create a cabinet-level Early Learning Department that will bring together services previously run by various state agencies. Legislation also enabled the creation of a public-private partnership to fund and support parent education, child care, preschool, and other early learning initiatives. The group partners will also work to establish two model learning centers: one each in western and eastern Washington.

Fields of Interest

  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Family disability resources
  • Family services
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Secondary education
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $18,161,673 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,029,156

Expenditures: $828,613

Total giving: $547,799

Qualifying distributions: $650,174