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Empowering great minds to do good.

The Tiny Foundation works to facilitate change by providing funding to individuals and groups pushing the world forward in a positive way.
Each year, we provide a group of experts in their fields significant financial grants. They are free to direct our funds to the cause they deem most important.

Who should we fund next? Let us know.

Our areas of focus include:

Social Justice

Fighting for legal reform and defending those most at risk in society.

Child Protection

Proactively preventing and protecting children from abuse around the world.

Journalism

Investing in the next generation of independent journalists.

Medical Research

Funding research in areas like cancer, immunology, mental health, and more.

Meet our Fellows

Rhonda Patrick

Making cutting edge medical research actionable and understandable for the broader population.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a published scientist and health educator based in San Diego. Her popular website and podcast, FoundMyFitness, reaches an audience of over 300,000 people per month.

Her areas of focus include micronutrient deficiencies and their role in aging, the role of genetics in determining the effects of nutrients on a person's health status, benefits of exposing the body to hormetic stressors, such as through exercise, fasting, sauna use or heat stress, or various forms of cold exposure, and the importance of mindfulness, stress reduction, and sleep.  

Her work has been published in the journals FASEB, Nature Cell Biology, and Trends in Cell Biology.

Dr. Patrick is directing her Tiny Foundation grant to the work of Dr. Ashley Mason, who is investigating whole-body hyperthermia through sauna, a potential non-pharmacologic intervention for depression.

Rhonda Patrick

Jesse Brown

Spearheading independent journalism in Canada

Jesse Brown is a publisher, reporter, and podcast host. He runs Canadaland, maker of Thunder Bay, Cool Mules, and a stable of news and current affairs podcasts that apply a critical lens to Canadian media and politics.

Jesse hosted two CBC Radio One programs: The Contrarians and Search Engine. He won the Hillman Prize for investigative reporting for his work with The Toronto Star, breaking the Jian Ghomeshi story.

Jesse is directing his Tiny Foundation grant towards original journalism, producing sequels to Thunder Bay, and new enterprise investigation for Canadaland.

Our investment of $1,000,000 is the first investment made from our Tiny Journalism Foundation, which invest in sustainable journalism organizations which support independent journalism in Canada.

Jesse Brown

Carole Cadwalladr

Empowering citizen journalists

Carole Cadwalladr is a journalist for The Guardian and Observer in the United Kingdom.

She worked for a year with whistleblower Christopher Wylie to publish her investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with The New York Times. The investigation resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and Facebook losing more than $100 billion from its share price. She has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit.

Cadwalladr's work has won a Polk Award and The Orwell Prize for political journalism, and she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting in 2019.

Carole is directing her Tiny Foundation grant to fund an upcoming open-source journalism project focused on uncovering corruption.

Carole Cadwalladr

Kari Nadeau

Developing groundbreaking treatment for life-threatening childhood allergies

Dr. Kari Nadeau is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma.

Dr. Nadeau received her MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School, completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in asthma and immunology at Stanford.

She has authored or co-authored more than 100 original papers. Her research focuses on understanding the factors responsible for the increased prevalence of allergies and asthma in the population, improving diagnostics, and understanding the immunological mechanisms underlying these diseases.

She was the first to successfully desensitize individuals to more than one allergy at a time using multi-allergen oral immunotherapy.

Dr. Nadeau is directing her Tiny Foundation grant to help fund her work at Stanford.

Kari Nadeau

Dermot Kelleher

Finding treatment for deadly cancers

Dr. Kelleher is recognized internationally for innovation in academic health leadership and administration, clinical care, research and education.

Dr. Kelleher joined UBC in 2015 as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dr. Kelleher served as Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, where he also held a concurrent appointment as Dean of the Lee Kong Chian Medical School in Singapore until 2014.

Dr. Kelleher graduated from medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1978, going on to specialize in gastroenterology. Author of 300 publications and 14 patents, Dr. Kelleher’s research examines the immune response to many of the leading causes of gastrointestinal infectious disease worldwide.

Dr. Kelleher is directing his Tiny Foundation grant to help fund the work of Dr. Shane Duggan, Dr Kelleher’s research investigates how the immune response contributes to gastrointestinal health and disease, including auto-immune disease, infectious disease and cancer.

Dermot Kelleher

Daemon Fairless

Preventing child abuse

Daemon Fairless is a writer and freelance journalist with a master's degree in neuroscience, who has worked as a producer on CBC Radio's flagship current affairs show As It Happens, and as a print journalist for the science journal Nature. He's the author of Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives of Violent Men.

His hit investigative podcast for the CBC, Hunting Warhead, covered the dark underworld of child sexual abuse and the international efforts made to track down perpetrators and prevent it at the root.

Daemon is directing his Tiny Foundation grant to the work of Dr. Michael Seto, who is researching the psychology of child sexual abusers and how to intervene before abuse is committed.

Daemon Fairless

Our Board of Directors

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

Director

Andrew is the co-founder of Tiny, a Canadian technology holding company focused on acquiring wonderful internet businesses.

He is committing a significant portion of his personal profits to The Tiny Foundation.

Holly Rohani Wilkinson

Holly Rohani Wilkinson

Director

Holly is an angel investor who primarily invests in early stage companies.

As a mother of two young children, Holly is deeply passionate about the prevention of child abuse and ensuring that all children get an equal shot at a happy and productive life.