The Joanie Bernard Foundation

Life and Love for Every Feline

Through a bequest from the Bernard family, The Joanie Bernard Foundation was born to memorialize the passion and work of Joanie and Jeanne Bernard, a mother and daughter who dedicated their lives to feline welfare. Through the Foundation, the mission to create a no-kill nation for cats lives on, providing care for strays and feral cat communities and educating the public. Find What the Foundation Funds.

The Mission

By providing spay and neuter education, funding humane shelters and aiding in the care of feral cat communities, The Joanie Bernard Foundation is working to create a no-kill nation for cats.

Fifth Third Foundation Office

The Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank serves as an Agent ensuring The Joanie Bernard Foundation’s lasting impact. Learn more about the Foundation Office.

Join the Mission

The Joanie Bernard Foundation supports groups, organizations and projects that advance the vision of life and love for every cat. Those committed to its mission—creating a no-kill nation for cats—are encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry. For funding consideration, please read through the minimum eligibility requirements below and complete the online letter of inquiry.

To be eligible for funding consideration, an organization must:

  • Have a sincere interest in serving feline welfare
  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Submit a current IRS Form 990
  • Have annual revenue above $200,000 or total assets of $500,000 or more
  • Be located within 100 miles of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Have a physical location and agree to an on-site visit