Our Work - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Our Work

​​The Kenneth Rainin Foundation supports Bay Area artists, Oakland’s youngest learners and Inflammatory Bowel Disease research worldwide.

Interdependence, creativity and equity are at the heart of what we do. We embed principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of our work—from who we hire and partner with to how we invest and carry out our grantmaking. Our core program grants support Bay Area artists to thrive, Oakland children to read and succeed, and innovative research to improve the lives of people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Funding Areas

The Foundation’s three giving areas are Arts, Education and Health. Explore our funding strategies and initiatives.


Our Arts Program supports diverse, visionary Bay Area artists working in dance, film, theater and public space.


Our Education Program supports Oakland schools and community-based organizations to develop the language, literacy and social emotional skills of children from birth to eight years old.


Our Health Program provides early support for innovative research ideas that can lead to improvements in preventing, diagnosing and treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

What We’re Learning

 The Kenneth Rainin Foundation reports on our progress and shares what we are learning so others can build on that knowledge and amplify its impact.

Foundation News & Stories

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Creating An Accessible Website

07/25/2023 | Equity + Opportunity Foundation News

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s newly designed website marks an important milestone in our commitment to equity and access in our communications.

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A Conversation With Board Member Dash Patterson

07/24/2023 | Foundation News

Dashiell (Dash) Patterson joined our Board in 2021. As a recent college graduate, he adds a new generation of the Rainin family to the Foundation.

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Introducing Our New Website

06/28/2023 | Equity + Opportunity Foundation News

We are excited to welcome you to the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s new website with improved accessibility and a better user experience.