The Joanie Bernard Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Joanie Bernard Foundation?
The Joanie Bernard Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to create a no-kill nation for cats by promoting feline welfare, education and funding organizations that share the no-kill mission.
Who oversees The Joanie Bernard Foundation?
The Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank serves as an Agent ensuring The Joanie Bernard Foundation’s lasting impact.
Does Fifth Third Bank determine the Foundation’s charitable distributions?
Fifth Third Bank provides The Joanie Bernard Foundation with fiscal oversight. Ever mindful of the Foundation’s mission, Fifth Third Bank distributes funds only in accordance with the wishes of the Foundation’s creator and IRS regulations.
What does the Foundation currently support?
View the What the Foundation Funds Map for those organizations, groups and projects currently funded by The Joanie Bernard Foundation.
Who is eligible for funding from the Foundation?
Organizations, groups and projects must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for funding consideration:
  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Have annual revenue above $100,000
  • Be located within 100 miles of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Have a sincere interest in serving feline welfare
How does an organization seek funding through the Foundation?
Organizations, groups and projects that meet at least the minimum criteria may request funding consideration via the online letter of inquiry.