Winn Feline Foundation News February 2020
The Latest from Winn Feline Foundation
Winn Feline Foundation advances feline health by supporting research and education.
Every cat, every day benefits from Winn funded research.

Honored Donors January 2020
 Honored Donors are donations over $100. We are thrilled with all of our donations Winn receives. We have so many generous supporters and appreciate your willingness to help every cat, every day benefit with Winn funded research.
Holly Aglialoro
David Back
David Binder
Patrick Bowers
Marcus Brown
Cat Hospital of Tucson
Marco Cirone
Civic Feline Clinic
Toni Eames
Alexandra Erman
Campbell Family Foundation
Leslie & Howard Fisher
Lena Gubarev
Susan Head
Marlene Juhasz
KC Cat Clinic
Rachel Kleinberg
John & Marilyn Kuray
Oleg Kuzmin
Ryan Malane
Wendy Moreland
PetSmart Charities
Karl Piez
Michael Podgorski
Daniel Pompili
Kirsten Reed
Jan Roehrig
Melissa Rushford
Sue Schonberg
Yaron Shragai
Wendy Simpson
Kathleen Small
Laura Sparling
Adrianna Szczepaniec
Claus & Susanne Wehnert
Virginia Whisnant
Yue Zhang

Planned Giving Tips
By George Eigenhauser
As tax filing season begins many taxpayers plan to take charitable deductions. But not all donations are the same. Here are some quick rules for taking a charitable deduction on your 2019 tax return. 
  • Depending on your income, tax status, and other available deductions you MAY do better taking the standard deductions. 
  • You may NOT deduct a pledge to make a donation at a future date until it is made. A post-dated check is not a current donation either. However, a check mailed in December with the current date is deductible even if not received or cashed until the following year. Credit card donations can be claimed for the tax-year in which they were completed regardless of when you pay your bill.
  • ·You may NOT deduct charitable “gifts” that benefit you with something of equal value in exchange for your contribution. For example, if you “donate” $10.00 to receive an $8.00 coffee mug, your donation would be $2.00.
  • You may NOT deduct direct donations to individuals or families. If you wish to help people impacted by a disaster please make sure that your assistance is given through a qualified 501(c)(3) organization (such as the Red Cross or local charitable organizations) so your gift will be deductible.
  • You may NOT deduct monetary donations without documentation, such as a receipt or cancelled check. For donations in excess of $250.00 a cancelled check alone is not enough.
  • You may NOT deduct non-cash donations, such as a car, unless you have appropriate documentation. The records required vary according to the size of the non-cash donation.
  • You may NOT deduct the value of your time and effort supporting a charity. However, certain out of pocket expenses paid by you may qualify.
  • You may NOT take a charitable deduction unless the organization is qualified to receive tax-deductible donations. Many organizations, such as political, social, or civic groups, may be tax exempt but you can not deduct donations to them. You can search for the status of charitable organizations by name or EIN (their tax ID number) on the IRS web site. Donations to the Winn Feline Foundation (EIN 23-7138699) are fully tax deductible.

- George J. Eigenhauser Jr. is an attorney at law, licensed in the state of California since 1979. He has served on the Winn Board of Directors and as CFA liaison to Winn for more than 10 years. His expertise in the area of wills, trusts and estate planning allows him to assist donors with planned giving decisions. He is also the legislative coordinator for the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. and has served on the CFA board for 15 years.
MT14-005  Prospective comparison of two treatment options for cytauxzoonosis.
MT17-017  Quantification and evaluation of long-term cortisol in the hair and nails of cats using novel, noninvasive measures of chronic stress in cats.
Winn Feline Foundation & the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Offer Two Scholarships for 2020:
Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are pleased to announce two (2) $2,500 scholarships for third- or fourth-year veterinary students currently enrolled in accredited veterinary colleges or schools in the United States or Canada. These awards are based upon academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health, and welfare. One scholarship will be awarded to a veterinary student with a specific interest in feline practice and the second scholarship will be awarded to a veterinary student with an interest in clinical scientific research.

The Boards of Directors of both the AAFP and Winn are thrilled to offer these scholarships to support future veterinarians and continue to advance feline medicine.

All completed applications must be received no later than March 20, 2020 . The winning recipients will be notified of their award on or before April 15, 2020.
Applications and complete instructions can be found at:
Clinical study on feline genetics and diabetes

Anivive Lifesciences , a pet pharmaceutical company, is partnering with cat owners to study feline genetics and diabetes. Your participation in this study is an opportunity to support scientific exploration of the genes thought to be involved with diabetes. This information will help researchers develop new diagnostic tests, suggest possible preventative measures and explore new treatments for this common feline disease. For more details on how to enroll your diabetic cat into this clinical study visit
Thank you!
Thank you to everyone to stopped by the Winn Feline Foundation booth at Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas February 17-19th! It was a pleasure to speak with you!