Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Riley


Karma for Cara Foundation microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Meet microgrant recipient Riley, a 16 year old who founded Rainbow Pack, an organization that distributes new backpacks full of homework supplies to students throughout the Los Angeles area. This is the second microgrant Karma for Cara has awarded to Riley.

  1. How many people participated in your service project? We have about 50 people volunteer to help us throughout the year.
  2. How many hours did you and other participants spend on the project? We are an ongoing project that works year round. The K4C microgrant is being used to fund events in August 2017. For this year I estimate we have already spent over 200 hours on Rainbow Pack activities.
  3. What did you learn from this experience? I am constantly learning things from my experience running Rainbow Pack. One of the biggest things I have learned is that–as people–we really do have the power to make a difference in others’ lives.
  4. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? Rainbow Pack plans on continuing to expand and evolve to help further solve this enormous problem. We are exploring more permanent solutions right now as well, so that is very exciting. Our goal is to have this problem not exist anymore.
  5. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. We have not completed our project year; it will be complete in August.
  6. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? This microgrant is very helpful in the completion of this project. Our goal is to give out 10,000 backpacks so the microgrant will go a long way to help us reach this goal.