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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.

Janelle Ayres writes on glass window in her lab.
Rainin Foundation Welcomes New Scientific Advisory Board Member

04/20/2022 | Health

The Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board is a dynamic mix of leading researchers and key strategic partners who provide essential guidance and scientific expertise to our Health Program.

Dancers with bare chests, white garments around their waists, and colorful COVID-19 face masks on move with spirit boats in their hands.
Survival, Resilience And Collective Healing [VIDEO]

04/19/2022 | Arts

“Lakbai Diwa: Diasporic Spirit” centered indigeneity to bring visibility and collective healing to the Pilipinx community.

Headshot of Laverne Matías.
Rainin Foundation Appoints Chief Of Organizational Effectiveness

03/16/2022 | Foundation News

In this newly created position, Laverne Matías will oversee the Foundation’s strategic planning process, and he will take an expansive approach to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive workplace.

CounterPulse's three-story magenta building with light-filled windows is sandwiched between two gray buildings in San Francisco.
Milestone Moment For Innovative Arts Real Estate Solution

03/10/2022 | Arts

CounterPulse is set to buy its San Francisco building from Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), securing a permanent space for the arts.

Tutor holding a flash card with a shape and the word circle on it.|Tutor holds a whiteboard with an "R" written on it
The Power Of Reflection

03/10/2022 | Education

Early Literacy Kings addresses the shortage of men—and especially men of color—in the classroom by creating pathways into education careers.

Shelley Trott speaking passionately with her hand to her heart. She is standing between Ted Russell on her left and a woman on her right.
There Is No Equity Without Trust

03/03/2022 | Equity + Opportunity

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation recognizes that building a more equitable and just society requires changing the way we work.

Three drag performers Siobhan Aluvalot, John Cartwright and Brontez are smiling and in various poses on a bench. Moody lighting reflects on a gold tinsel background.
Rainin Foundation Awards $545,000 To Support Public Art Projects

02/24/2022 | Arts

Open Spaces Program grants funded ten public art projects in either the early development or production phase.

Headshot of Dana Cilono
Rainin Foundation Appoints New Education Program Officer

02/23/2022 | Education

Dana Cilono will help guide the Foundation’s strategies in early childhood literacy to produce more equitable results for all Oakland children.

Headshot of Shafer Mazow
Reflections On Nontraditional Leadership

01/20/2022 | Arts

Z Space announced its new distributed leadership model along with the first openly transgender executive director in American theater—Shafer Mazow.

A dark skinned person with short gray hair holds up a board covered with Black Panther posters
Series Explores Complexity And Richness Of Temporary Public Art [VIDEO]

01/13/2022 | Arts

This four-part series explored the opportunities and challenges of working in the public realm.

Light skinned woman with short brown hair smiles at camera with cityscape as background.
IBD Research In The Age Of COVID-19

01/11/2022 | Health

Two of our grantees illustrate distinct and shared ways that the pandemic has disrupted biomedical research and affected the scientific community.

Collage of headshots of Rainin Foundation employees in 2021.
Supporting A More Equitable Future Through Data

12/01/2021 | Equity + Opportunity Foundation News

Results of our first staff demographic survey and how we are using the findings to inform our work.

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