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News & Stories

News about the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s grantmaking in the Arts, Education and Health as well as grantee stories.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation shares news, what we’re learning and stories written in collaboration with our grantees and partners. Read our blogs to learn about the work of the Foundation and the incredible artists, educators and researchers we support.

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$1 Million Available To Two Early Career Researchers

02/21/2024 | Health

We invite Letters of Inquiry for the Early Career Catalyst Award from March 1 through March 29, 2024. The Rainin Foundation is making one-time awards totaling $1 million to commemorate our 15th anniversary of formal grantmaking.

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Three Reasons To Attend Our 2024 Innovations Symposium

02/20/2024 | Health

Join investigators, trainees and clinicians from various disciplines to explore progress in Inflammatory Bowel Disease research at our annual Symposium.

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Fifteen Years Of Lessons At The Kenneth Rainin Foundation

02/14/2024 | Foundation News

As we mark our 15th anniversary, CEO Jen Rainin shares valuable lessons learned along the way and how they have shaped the Foundation.

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Engaging Community To Preserve A Neighborhood’s Rich History

01/24/2024 | Arts

Jena Dominique shares strategies that supported community engagement and consensus on an ambitious public art piece that will commemorate the legacy of the Black Panther Party.

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Foundation Awards Over $626,000 in Education Grants

01/23/2024 | Education

2023 end-of-year Education grants support Oakland’s early learning ecosystem.

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Rainin Foundation Awards $810,000 In Arts Grants

01/11/2024 | Arts

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded $810,000 to 32 small and mid-size arts organizations through our New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program.

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A Conversation With CEO And Board Member Jen Rainin 

11/29/2023 | Foundation News

The final conversation in our Board profile series is with Board member and CEO Jen Rainin, who is also Kenneth Rainin’s daughter.

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2023 Filmmaking Grantees Announced

11/22/2023 | Arts

SFFILM and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the 17 recipients for the 2023 SFFILM Rainin Grant, which supports narrative projects at different stages of production.

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Rainin Foundation Earns Highest Level Of Transparency 

11/17/2023 | Foundation News

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation achieved the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid’s GuideStar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit organizations and funders.

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Aligning Oakland’s Literacy Ecosystem

11/16/2023 | Education

The Oakland Literacy Coalition reflects on their newly refreshed three-year strategy in this guest blog.

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A Conversation With Board Member Moy Eng

11/08/2023 | Foundation News

Moy Eng joined our Board of Directors in 2021. As CEO emeritus at Community Arts Stabilization Trust, a Rainin Foundation Arts grantee, Moy adds a unique perspective to the Board.

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2023 Filmmaking Finalists Announced

10/24/2023 | Arts

Twenty eight filmmaking teams have been shortlisted to receive funding and professional support for their narrative feature film projects.

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