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Take an active role in supporting research you care about and see how your contribution effects change.

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What is Kernls?

What Is a Champion?

Champions have often had first-hand experience with an illness and are driven to make an impact, but mostly they’re passionate individuals and corporations looking for a more personal, tangible and impact-driven giving experience.

“Kernls has the potential to significantly supplement the ability of the scientific community to succeed at bringing their vision to life”.

Pursuing treatment for breast cancer relapse

Dr. Mathieu Lupien

Senior Scientist, University Health Network

Kernls is a space where anyone can directly support the effort to find treatments and cures for the illness that have touched their lives. You can access in-flight research from world-renown institutions, learn about the teams behind the research, and make a donation to move the science forward.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When am I expected to fund the amount I've committed to donation matching? 

Depending on the amount you match, you can choose to fund the amount you’re matching all at once or in increments. If you're eligible to fund in increments, we’ll ask you for 50% of your donation match. When your donation match needs a top up, we'll send you an email. 

Is there a fee charged on my Match Commitment? 

No, Kernls doesn’t charge Champions any fees on their Match Commitment. 

When will I receive the tax receipt for my donation? 

You can request a tax receipt at any time for the amount of the donation that has been realized, or wait until the end of the project. 

Can I fund the project all at once? 

Yes, you have the option to fund 100% of the project up front.

If I choose to fund a project all at once, and there are no donations to be matched, am I eligible for a refund of the donation? 

No, once the funds have been received by a charitable foundation and a tax receipt has been issued, the funds can’t be returned.

What happens when a project doesn’t meet its funding goal?

We give researchers the option to choose a “fixed” or “flexible” funding goal.

If a goal is fixed, it means that the research project can’t move forward unless the funding goal on Kernls is met. In this case, if a goal isn’t met, we will email you with options to redirect your donation to another project at the same research institution. If a goal is flexible, it means that Kernls is one of many funding sources for the project, and funds will be allocated to the project whether the goal is met or not.

What happens if my full Match Commitment is not realized?

You are only ever responsible for the portion of the Match Commitment that has been utilized by donors on the site.

What Champions have to say about us


"My brother and I were raised by our mother. She was our entire world. Her loss has been difficult to absorb, but it has propelled me into finding a way to combat her specific type of cancer, which is one of the deadliest."

Lupe Morales

"Confronting my mom's Alzheimer’s diagnosis made me feel helpless and frustrated, as if there was nothing I could do but wait for this awful disease to progress. Supporting Alzheimer's research through Kernls has helped me acknowledge and choose a more powerful way to deal with this disease while being a hopeFUL and loving daughter and granddaughter. I can't say enough about the purposeful tools and compassionate process Kernls uses to help you change your story."


"Kernls is a tremendous platform that provides me, and everyone else, a look into specific research projects related to a cause that is near and dear to me."

Champions enable scientists to conduct the wildly important research that impacts us all by bringing donors to their project and motivating them to give.

See The Impact of Your Giving

Find scientists conducting research that inspires you and connect with them personally. Understand the research phases and how contributions will be spent.

Share your personal story to bridge the gap between the research and donors by making the science relatable and compelling. This is what makes Champions such powerful fundraisers.

Follow the progress of the research by receiving updates directly from the research team. 

Choose How To Get Involved

Match donations and share (most effective!)

Tell friends, family and colleagues why this research is important and incentivize them to give by doubling their donations. We’ve found supporting research this way has the greatest impact!


Share the project


Share the research project with anyone and everyone, motivating them with your personal story. You’ll have a personal fundraising goal, but no donation match needed.

Match donations


Donate money to a general fund used to incentivize donors to give. The funds can be used to boost the campaigns of those Champions who choose to share the project with their networks.

Turn your personal experience into meaningful change.

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Employee Donation Match

Kernls gives Champions the option to get their employer involved in matching donations on their research project of choice. 

Learn about corporate giving