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Pushing Scientific Boundaries

Pushing Scientific Boundaries

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation continues our commitment to finding a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), awarding 15 new research grants totaling $1.5 million in July and hosting our second annual Innovations Symposium on Stress Responses, Inflammation and...

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10,000 Book Giveaway | Volunteers Needed

10,000 Book Giveaway | Volunteers Needed

Reading Matters -- That's why the Oakland Unified School District, the Oakland Public library and First 5 will be hosting a free book giveaway on Saturday, August 17, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Thanks to a generous opportunity from ABC 7 News, 10,000 Disney books ranging...

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Volunteerism’s Positive Deviants

The practice of leveraging volunteers to sustain operations is ingrained in the everyday functioning of nonprofits, especially in the arts. It is so familiar that a recent study by TCC Group on nonprofit effectiveness, touting the benefits gained from strategic use of...

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August Performance Pipeline

August Performance Pipeline

Once a month, the Arts Program Staff will post performance listings on our new Arts Blog. In fact, for a long time now we've been in the practice of creating performance recommendations for our Foundation staff and have recently thought, why not share these with the...

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The Heat is on for Summer Learning

The Heat is on for Summer Learning

Did you know that June 21 not only kicked off summer, but was officially designated as National Summer Learning Day? To spotlight the occasion, Oakland Reads 2020, our citywide literacy initiative, featured a blog on the importance of summer learning that boldly...

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Summer Learning Program Underway in East Oakland

If you’ve been following the Oakland Reads 2020 Campaign, you know that the city has set an ambitious goal of doubling the number of third graders reading on grade level by the end of third grade by the year 2020. This goal paves a path where students are more likely...

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Fruitvale Station Hits Home

Fruitvale Station Hits Home

In June, I had the privilege of attending a private screening of Fruitvale Station at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland with the producers, cast and members of Oscar Grant’s family present. The film, written and directed by young East Bay filmmaker Ryan Coogler, is...

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In the News…Oakand Reads 2020 Launch

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation joined the Mayor of Oakland, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, Rogers Family Foundation, elected officials and others on June 17, 2013, to announce Oakland Reads 2020. This multi-year initiative identifies and...

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