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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Serena’s Next Chapter: Graduate School

06/10/2024 | Foundation News

Serena Solórzano, Program Assistant, will leave the Rainin Foundation in July to pursue graduate studies in social work.

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Saying Goodbye To Our Colleague

06/10/2024 | Arts Foundation News

After seven years of dedicated service to the Rainin Foundation, Ted Russell is departing to re-establish his consultant practice where he will continue to support artists.

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Alex Featherston-Gomez Promoted To Grants Management & Learning Officer

06/03/2024 | Foundation News

The newly expanded Grants Management & Learning Team will lead the grantmaking practice and oversee the strategic and cultural development of the Foundation’s Learning and Evaluation framework.