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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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Foundation Awards Over $245,000 In Education Grants

05/21/2024 | Education

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded over $245,000 in Education grants in April to support Oakland’s early learning ecosystem.

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Exploring The Impact Of Our Literacy Investments

05/09/2024 | Education

Informing Change evaluated our Education grantmaking. Explore their findings and recommendations to help us achieve our goal of all Oakland children reading at or above grade level by third grade.

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Grant Opportunity For Temporary Public Art Projects 

05/07/2024 | Arts

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation invites applications for our Open Spaces Program from May 13 through June 10, 2024. This grantmaking program funds artist-driven temporary, place-based public art that engages communities in San Francisco and Oakland around issues relevant to them.

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Foundation Awards 2024 Rainin Arts Fellowship To Four Bay Area Anchor Artists [VIDEO]

04/24/2024 | Arts

Meet the 2024 Rainin Fellows—Adrian L. Burrell (Film), Antoine Hunter, Purple Fire Crow (Dance), Ayodele “WordSlanger” Nzinga (Theater), and TNT Traysikel (Public Space)

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Dr. David Artis Reflects On Advancing Cutting-Edge IBD Research

04/09/2024 | Health

Rainin Foundation Scientific Advisory Board Member Dr. David Artis’ groundbreaking research has been influential to understanding IBD. In this interview he talks about gut health and disease along with emerging opportunities to support innovation.

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A Breakthrough In Monitoring Gut Motility [Video]

03/13/2024 | Health

G-Tech Medical innovated a wireless patch that could transform how patients and clinicians manage IBD and other gastrointestinal disorders.

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2023 SFFILM Rainin Filmmakers With Disabilities Grantees Announced

03/06/2024 | Arts

Vivien Hillgrove, Andrew Reid and Daniela Muñoz have been selected to receive funding through the SFFILM Rainin Filmmakers With Disabilities Grant.

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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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