WINN FELINE FOUNDATION INC

Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn funded research

Wyckoff, NJ   |  www.winnfelinefoundation.org

Mission

Winn Feline Foundation advances feline health by supporting research and education.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Vicki L. Thayer DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Main address

637 Wyckoff Ave, Suite 336

Wyckoff, NJ 07481 USA

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Formerly known as

The Winn Feline Foundation, Inc

The Robert H Winn Foundation for Cat Research, Inc

The CFA Foundation, Inc

EIN

23-7138699

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (U12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cats provide their people with companionship and love, and as 92% of surveyed cat owners agree it's only natural to recognize the important role of feline health in their overall wellbeing. To emphasize the importance of feline health, Winn Feline Foundation focuses on funding important cat health studies delivering the critical need for evidence-based medicine, early-stage biomedical research, and health answers involving cats.

Winn also creates impact by disseminating research findings to researchers, the veterinary community, cat breeders, and cat owners. With a focus on making information accessible and highlighting research findings that have practical application, Winn's efforts increase the quality of cat care and strengthen the bonds between cats and those who care for them.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Winn Feline Health Grants

Every summer Winn issues a call for proposals for feline health studies.  These are due in December and are evaluated by our board and our outstanding veterinary consultants in February.  Grants are awarded in February/March each year.  Progress and final reports are published on our website and in our newsletter

Population(s) Served

An annual symposium focussing on two important topics in feline health.  Provides cat owners with the most current informatino on critical cat health topics.  The program is also certified for continuing education credits for veterinarians and veterinarian technicians

Population(s) Served

In most years, Winn issues a call for feline  health study proposals in the late winter with the proposals due in late July.  Awards are generally made around the first of the year.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Donors giving $100 or more

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Winn Feline Health Grants

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Winn has tracked the past several years on a monthly basis the number of donors who donate $100 or more during that month. This helps track that the number of donors giving more as a gift is growing.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Winn/Miller Trust Feline Health Study Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Winn awards grants for research on feline health. We monitor the number of grants that we award since we want to increase the number of good studies and amount of total funding we offer to researchers

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Winn/Miller Trust Feline Health Study Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Winn monitors the total amount of grant funding through our two plus grant review cycles. The more award funding allows Winn to help benefit cats with improved diagnostics, treatments or preventives.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to continue our mission of benefiting the health and welfare of cats every day worldwide. There are many diseases that have no treatment and cats succumb to their disease. This is distressing to those who include cats in their households and love them. Winn's goal is to improve prevention and treatment of such diseases where more cats can live longer, healthier and enriched lives.

Winn Feline Foundation collaborates with a number of feline-centric organizations to spread a message of hope and "cures for cats" through cat health studies.
Winn plans to increase the level of donation support so more studies can be awarded grants, especially on particularly deadly diseases such as feline infectious peritonitis or FIP as one example. The information derived from the health studies is shared with our collaborators and through our website (www.winnfelinefoundation.org), monthly electronic newsletter, social media and future planned educational webinars.

We already have a strong foundation of people and technology to achieve our goals. Winn Feline Foundation has been around almost 50 years and funded almost $6 million in grants for cat health studies. We have established protocols for a financial reporting and our programs.

Winn leverages its resources: dedicated people and funds to create the best impact we can have along with promoting the best science to achieve these improvements. Our grant review process is outstanding and Winn has an excellent reputation in the animal community. Individuals have measured the impact Winn has had over time and concluded that Winn has had more impact for the money spent than many larger and comparable nonprofits.

We haven't achieved the level of recognition among the cat loving public and veterinary profession we should have.

We have not solved (yet) how to prevent and cure more cats who have:
feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
lymphoma
squamous cell carcinoma
other cancers and chronic diseases.

We have saved innumerable cats' lives or improved their health by:

-decreasing the incidence of dilated cardiomyopathy to almost zero in cats by proving more taurine is needed in cat foods
-improving the understanding of nutrition for diabetic cats (and all cats) to feed more protein and less carbohydrates in their diet
-improved the delivery of oral medication in pill or capsule form to include a water chaser after administration of medications
-through improved genomic studies, Winn had helped researchers locate mutations that cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Maine Coon and Ragdoll cats so a screening test for carriers was developed. Similar work also found the mutation for a form of PKD in Persian cats and related breeds and a screening test was developed.
- Winn has many other important milestones demonstrating progress for cat health which would fill up this text box and fill a book (which we will in our 50th anniversary book due out in October 2017.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WINN FELINE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Shila Nordone


Board co-chair

Dr Glenn Olah

Winn Feline Foundation

Term: 2018 - 2019

George Eigenhauser

The Cat Fanciers' Association

Vickie Fisher

No affiliaton

Steve Dale

no affiliation

Glenn Olah

Janet Wolf

Brian Holub

Susan Gingrich

Drew Weigner

Lorraine Shelton

Dean Vicksman

Shila Nordone

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes