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Kenneth Rainin Foundation
June 2015
Rainin Foundation Announces $2.4 million in Arts & Education Grants
 
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The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has approved Arts and Education grants totaling over $2.4 million for San Francisco Bay Area organizations. 

In Education, the Foundation is working in partnership with community organizations and Oakland schools to increase access to and support for early literacy and language experiences. Over $1.8 million in grants will support children from birth to age 8. Funding is directed toward summer reading and after school programs, community literacy assessments, reading clinics and interactive activities for parents, caregivers and educators. 

Arts funding includes $550,000 in grants to small and mid-size organizations for program and project support. A portion of the funds will support efforts that serve multiple artists, such as festivals, residencies, new play development programs and space-sharing initiatives. Awards range from $5,000 to $75,000. 

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The Kenneth Rainin Foundation invites you to attend its annual Innovations Symposium: Wound Healing, Repair & IBD on July 20-21, in San Francisco. This event brings together creative and collaborative researchers and clinicians from academia, and the private and public sectors to work toward the common goal of curing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). It includes distinguished guest speakers, poster sessions and numerous networking opportunities. Register for the Symposium and you will have access to the Foundation's Synergy Awards, available exclusively to attendees. These grants provide up to $300,000 for collaborative research projects.
 
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Public Art Program: Request for Proposals
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The Rainin Foundation’s Arts Program is seeking proposals from arts consultants and project managers to support program design and manage the Foundation’s new Public Art Program. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015. 

Proposals and questions should be directed to Katie Fahey, Arts Program Officer, katie.fahey@krfoundation.org. 


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Oakland Preschool Teachers Celebrate
Year of Growth through SEEDS Program
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A cohort of Oakland preschool teachers gathered for a festive recognition
of their collaborative learning during the Rainin Foundation's pilot year of the SEEDS of Learning initiative. The event was filled with joy as the teachers expressed their excitement not only about their students’ progress, but also in their own growth as educators.
 
A robust, interactive and skills-focused professional development program, SEEDS of Learning prepares educators and parents to help the children in their care develop early literacy skills, and the social and emotional foundation they need to be ready for kindergarten and succeed in school. 
 
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Xochilt Robinson reflected on her experience, "In the  beginning, I thought SEEDS was just another program, but after the first session I could tell it was different. As a teacher, SEEDS gave my brain a push to do more.”

Through monthly evening trainings, led by SEEDS founder and president Kate Horst, the program facilitated a connected community of teachers. Inspired by their time in the program, this group will continue to implement SEEDS teaching strategies in their classrooms and help children develop the skills to be confident learners.
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Arts Strategy Comes
Into Focus 
   by Katie Fahey
 
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When the Arts Program staff embarked on a strategic planning process last year, we kept an open mind about what would emerge. At the same time, we knew there was at least one outcome we wanted to avoid...
 
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Under the Microscope:
Deepening our Connections
   by Jackie Hausman
 
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In our efforts to get to know our grantees better, I have started conducting site visits, where I meet with researchers in their home institutions and labs. I hope to learn more about our grantees’ work on Inflammatory Bowel...
 
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Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy and supporting research to cure chronic disease. Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of all our programs. Our vision is guided by the belief that change is possible through inquiry, creativity and compassion.  




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