What is the Foundation’s focus in the area of education?

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation seeks to ensure that all of Oakland’s students are reading at or above grade-level by the end of third grade. To this end, our Education grant making supports strategies to reduce early disparities in language and literacy development, promote quality early learning, build strong families and support grade level reading.

What is the application process for an education grant?

The Foundation accepts proposals for our Education program by invitation only.

Does the Foundation accept application materials by regular mail or email?

As part of our commitment to the environment, the Foundation does not accept printed materials by regular mail. All applicants must apply through our online grant system.

What type of organizations are eligible for Foundation funding?

The Rainin Foundation makes grants to organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). The Foundation may upon occasion make grants to government and public agencies, as well as to independent projects that have a qualified tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.

How carefully are my financial documents reviewed?

The Rainin Foundation believes in fiscal responsibility. All financial documents submitted by applicant organizations are reviewed by the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer. Please plan to provide detailed budget notes explaining any deficits, discrepancies or concerns raised by auditors.

What type of projects or organizations are not included in the Foundation's grantmaking?

The Foundation does not fund:

  • Direct assistance to individuals or individual sponsorships
  • Non-profit entities not located and operating primarily in the United States (except for medical research)
  • Start-up organizations
  • Sports, athletic events or league sponsorships
  • Advertising or promotional sponsorships
  • Deficits or retroactive funding
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Organizations that discriminate based on religion, race, sexual orientation or gender

Please direct questions about this program to Education Program Staff.