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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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2022 SFFILM Rainin Filmmaker With Disabilities Grantee Announced

12/16/2022 | Arts

The SFFILM Rainin Filmmaker with Disabilities Grant, introduced in 2020, supports Bay Area-based filmmakers whose films specifically address stories from the disability community.

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The Literacy Crisis Is Real. We Have The Tools To Help Now.

12/08/2022 | Education

This opinion piece by Dana Cilono, which appeared in “CalMatters,” makes the case for doubling down on proven strategies like structured literacy.

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Placing Patients At The Heart Of A Technology Mission

12/07/2022 | Health

The G-Tech Medical team discusses the impact of early funding on their “EKG for the gut,” exciting data emerging from current studies and growing interest from researchers and industry.

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Rainin Foundation Promotes Two Staff Members

11/18/2022 | Foundation News

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of Alexandria (Alex) Featherston-Gomez to Grants Officer and Victoria Pozzato to Investment Operations Analyst.

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Appreciating Intermediaries And The Artists They Support

11/16/2022 | Arts

Working with intermediaries allows our funding to operate closer to the ground as we share power and decision-making with trusted aligned partners in the community.

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Innovators Gain Traction And Recognition

10/27/2022 | Health

Our Health grantmaking aims to advance game-changing research that has the potential to improve the lives of people with IBD so it’s thrilling when our grantees gain recognition or high-profile journals publish their findings.

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What Do Artists Need To Thrive? Join Us December 8

10/26/2022 | Arts

We are launching the “Let’s Talk” series to address issues artists face by listening, engaging in meaningful dialogue and being more accessible and transparent, especially with those who have historically been unacknowledged by or excluded from philanthropy.

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Changing Literacy Outcomes One Neighborhood At A Time

09/28/2022 | Education

One neighborhood at a time, Dr. Bri Moore is moving toward 3Ls’ vision of Black and Brown children flourishing, free from the interrelated trappings of systemic illiteracy and poverty.

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Showcasing IBD Discoveries At Our 2022 Symposium

09/27/2022 | Health

We welcomed students, academic and industry researchers, clinicians, funders and editors of science and health journals to our 2022 virtual Innovations Symposium.

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2022 Filmmaking Grants Announced

08/22/2022 | Arts

SFFILM, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, announced the 18 feature projects that will receive SFFILM Rainin Grants totaling $450,000

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Foundation Awards Over $577,000 In Arts Grants

08/16/2022 | Arts

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded $577,500 to 25 small and mid-sized arts organizations through our New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program.

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Foundation Awards Grants to Support Literacy Acceleration

08/09/2022 | Education

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded over $165,000 in grants to support summer programs, evidence-based interventions and leadership growth initiatives that are aimed at boosting early literacy development for Oakland children.

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