The mission of the Kerry & Linda Killinger Foundation is to enhance our communities by being advocates for civil discourse, broadening access to the arts, promoting excellence in higher education, and caring for those in need.
The Kerry and Linda Killinger Foundation was started in 2002, and we continue to carry out our mission today as we support organizations in our communities that fulfill our mission.
Kerry and Linda have a long history of working for community building, K-12 and higher education, affordable housing, and social and racial justice.
Kerry has given his time and expertise to many community-building organizations through the years including the Seattle Alliance for Education, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Roundtable, the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, the Partnership for Learning, as well as capital campaigns at the University of Washington and Washington State University. He received the National Points of Light Award for work in affordable housing and education and has served on numerous state and national boards. He also received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his work to improve racial and social justice. In addition, Kerry was CEO of a large corporation that continually was selected as the J.D. Power & Associates leader for customer satisfaction, the “Best Place to Work”, the “Best Employer for Women and Minorities”, and a champion for affordable housing.
When Linda was the top executive for the Iowa Department of Human Services she worked tirelessly to help develop and improve programs to bring employment, social services, justice, housing and family assistance to the most vulnerable citizens across Iowa and in the state’s prisons and mental health facilities. Linda also co-chaired many social justice commissions in Iowa, including Governor Vilsacks Housing Task Force, the Mayor’s Drug Task Force, and the Mayor’s High School Equity Committee. In addition, Linda was honored to serve as chair of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Federal Home Loan Bank that awarded millions of dollars each year to affordable housing projects.
Vibrant, successful communities require constant attention to support educational, cultural, and economic quality of life for all people. The following are some of the organizations we have supported towards this end.
Click on the logos below to see how the Killingers have enhanced their communities.
Linda served on the Foundation Board of Governors during the $1 billion fund drive in the mid-2000’s. Kerry and Linda co-chaired the College of Education capital campaign which substantially exceeded its goals. We also funded an endowed Chair in Diversity Studies which is currently held by internationally recognized scholar Dr. James Banks.
Kerry & Linda at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in June 2002 when Kerry was awarded the E. Donnall Thomas medal of achievement. It was given to Kerry for: “vision, leadership, dedication and to commemorate a lifetime of achievement with far reaching benefits to humanity.”
We have enjoyed supporting this world class gathering of writers, thinkers, and people contributing to the intellectual vitality of our time. Each year, the Festival welcomes 50 authors to talk about their books, their source of ideas, and the mechanics of writing for publication. Over 1,000 “readers” join in the fun.
We have supported many health and human service providers in the northwest, midwest and Southern California.
Linda and Kerry currently serve on the board of governors of the Iowa State Foundation. Linda also serves on the Dean’s Council of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We have committed to sponsor an exciting new forum for civil discourse in the fall of 2019, that will bring local and nationally recognized experts together to openly discuss some of the most challenging topics of the day. Our aim is to foster open civil discourse at a time when this is greatly needed.
We are members of the Million Dollar Roundtable and have financially supported and been involved in campaigns to raise funds for United Way in all of our communities.
Linda served on the Board of the museum and was on the Major Gifts Committee that raised over $100 million for the construction of the downtown museum, the remodeling of the Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. We also funded the Kerry and Linda Killinger gallery in the downtown Seattle museum.
Cascade’s main operating units are the PBS affiliate KCTS 9 and online news organization Crosscut. Linda has served on Cascade’s board of directors since 2008. Our foundation is the Founding Sponsor of the Crosscut Festival which brings together students, community leaders and national speakers to discuss important topics. Our aim is to enhance civil discourse by convening leaders to openly discuss the challenging issues facing our communities. We are pleased that Seattle University, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and several other prominent sponsors have come together to make the Festival a success.
We funded an artificial limb program for disabled children and an operating room at one of the Shriners Hospitals in honor of Linda’s father, Richard, who was a potentate and on the Board of Directors of one of the Shriners Hospitals.
Our home in southern California is in the Bighorn Community. We are proud to support the activities of our fellow Bighorn members to raise money for breast cancer, scholarships and health and human services in the local community. Over the past ten years, we have collectively raised over $10 million for these important community needs.
We love making music performances available to as many people as possible, and so over the years, we have sponsored many concerts in Iowa and Washington state, including the annual Veterans Day concert of the Iowa Veterans Military band which was founded and directed by Kerry’s father Karl.