2016 Turning Points: Year in Review

Top photo: An Oakland student reacts during a tutoring session to boost literacy skills. Photo credit: Lori Halloran Media

A Message from our CEO

Jennifer Rainin, PhD Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Jennifer Rainin, PhD

I am thrilled to share our report, 2016 Turning Points: Year in Review. An incredible year, 2016 had a much different quality compared to our earlier years. In the beginning, we worked to immerse ourselves in our communities, to envision the direction of our program areas, and to build our infrastructure to serve most effectively. We laid our groundwork and defined strategies—fertilizing the soil and planting seeds—so that now we are seeing our work bear fruit.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is uniquely positioned to provide support to pioneering ventures that, by nature, are less proven and even high risk. But big risk can also bring big rewards. We choose partners who we believe have the best chance to succeed and engage with them early, at the time of greatest need. When our grantees are successful, they thrive— increasing their capacity to continue their work and make breakthrough accomplishments. Even when high-risk projects do not achieve anticipated results, innovative work has intrinsic value; every project, every study, every engagement, every experiment informs the field and provides important information, data, and experience from which the next endeavor benefits.

This year’s report reflects our institutional coming of age as a growing foundation passionate about our mission: enhancing quality of life by championing the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease. > Read more 

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