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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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Three Reasons To Attend Our 2023 Innovations Symposium

02/15/2023 | Health

We are thrilled to welcome scientists and other colleagues back in person to the Foundation’s annual Innovations Symposium on July 17-18 in San Francisco.

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“Let’s Talk” Series Continues In 2023

02/14/2023 | Arts Equity + Opportunity

A recap from the “Let’s Talk” series pilot, what we learned and upcoming session dates for 2023.

Julie Phelps and Moy Eng with huge smiles while cutting a cake that looks like CounterPulse's building.
CounterPulse Is Home At Last

02/10/2023 | Arts

Congratulations to CounterPulse on achieving a major milestone—finalizing the $7 million acquisition of its San Francisco venue at 80 Turk Street.

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Foundation Awards Over $779,000 In Education Grants

02/01/2023 | Education

All awards aligned with the Education Program’s goals to identify and mitigate system gaps, foster alignment and collaboration in the field, and amplify equitable literacy solutions for students.

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Foundation Welcomes Investment Analyst

01/31/2023 | Foundation News

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is thrilled to welcome Tavin Jensen as our new Investment Analyst.

Adriana with her arm around Shafer Mazow at an Arts Grantee Reception.
A Farewell And Thank You To Adriana Griñó

01/18/2023 | Arts Foundation News

Over eight years of service, Adriana has developed meaningful connections with grantees, peer funders, partners and staff, and has strengthened the Foundation’s contributions and impact in the field.

Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow and Soo-Jeong Kang smiling in front of a blown up image of a blue eye.
A Conversation With Board Member Rivkah Beth Medow

01/18/2023 | Foundation News

Rivkah Beth Medow joined our Board of in 2011. She is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who’s known for working collaboratively on character-driven films that deepen connections and build community.

Dana Cilono in the center of a group of people, including Steph and Ayesha Curry, holding Steph Curry's Finals MVP trophy.
Dana Cilono Appointed Director Of Education Strategy & Ventures

01/12/2023 | Education Foundation News

Dana’s commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision, our grantees and partners, and Oakland’s youngest learners is unwavering.

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Shifts To The NEW Program’s Funding Opportunities

01/12/2023 | Arts

As we explore how to deepen our support of artists and ensure we’re reaching the communities we hope to serve, we have paused our NEW Program grantmaking.

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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.

An adult with an encouraging smile holds up a white card with a W on it. A young student faces her.
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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