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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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Five Lessons From Our DEI Growth And Transformation

10/20/2021 | Equity + Opportunity

The Foundation’s Executive Team shares key lessons that helped us advance and deepen our diversity, equity and inclusion effort long term.

Zoom screenshot from the 2021 Virtual Symposium.
Bringing Patients Into Focus At Our 2021 Symposium

10/05/2021 | Health

In July 2021, our Symposium convened online, allowing more people than ever to participate and hear from experts working across disciplines.

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A Novel Idea Reaches A New Milestone

06/24/2021 | Health

The Foundation made an early Program Related Investment to support Thetis Pharmaceuticals development of a novel therapy for ulcerative colitis, which just reached a new regulatory milestone.

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Discoveries And Perspectives Gain Attention

06/07/2021 | Health

Prominent journals featured cutting-edge advances by five grantees whose research focuses diagnostics, new therapies and biomarkers of mucosal healing that serve patients directly.

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We Are In A Time Of Dangerous Possibility [VIDEO]

06/01/2021 | Arts

A virtual gathering with the inaugural Rainin Fellows, moderated by Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

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Reflecting On Family Resilience

04/06/2021 | Education

During the pandemic, High Expectations leveraged their home and school partnerships to assist Oakland families and address the numerous challenges of remote learning.

Two side by side photos of a young Black girl smiling and learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing Systemic Barriers For Early Learners

03/25/2021 | Education Equity + Opportunity

At the heart of our approach are four equity levers that, when operating together in a learning ecosystem, can lead to improved outcomes for children.

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Report Calls On Arts Funders to Support “Solidarity Economy”

03/24/2021 | Arts Equity + Opportunity

Grantmakers can help transform the sector by following the lead of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabled, queer, trans and working class creatives who are innovating models for self-determination and community wealth.

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Speaking Truth About Place And Belonging [VIDEO]

03/01/2021 | Arts

“We So Bay” featured youth poets, dancers and musicians telling stories about their Bay Area neighborhoods and cities.

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Defying Convention And Gravity [VIDEO]

02/08/2021 | Arts

“TENDER (n) a person who takes charge” was a site-specific dance that elevated underrepresented histories.

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The Power Of Heroes [VIDEO]

01/12/2021 | Arts

“Heroes of Unity” empowered the public to co-create a portrait of the Bay Area immigrant community.

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Creating Space For Second Chances [VIDEO]

12/03/2020 | Arts

“Future IDs at Alcatraz” was a socially engaged art project about justice reform and second chances after incarceration.

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