When Raymond L. Ness joined the 1749 Society posthumously in 2011, little did he know that his gift would go to work right away to help create a vibrant York County through downtown revitalization in Continental Square.
Mr. Ness wished to support charitable causes, but was unsure of what would be the right fit for him, so he turned to his attorney, Bill Anstine
, for advice. Bill suggested the Community Foundation's Fund for York County, in part because the gift would live in perpetuity, doing charitable work forever. Mr. Ness believed that there were those in need who would truly appreciate his gift. His friend and neighbor said, “He knew he wanted to give his money away to charity and Bill helped him. He trusted Bill.”
Mr. Ness was born in Mt. Zion, Pennsylvania, in 1914. He worked for New York Wire Cloth Company as a laborer before his retirement and also served in the Army during WWII. He was married to his beloved late wife Catherine for 64 years. Mr. Ness was pleased to create this fund, as he knew it would do the most good in his community.
York County Community Foundation’s mission is to create a vibrant York County by investing in high-impact initiatives. Giving now or later to the Fund for York County will forever supports solutions to the most important issues facing our community. The Fund for York County provides flexibility to focus resources on the most pressing issues facing our community. Quality education, thriving downtowns and an effective nonprofit sector make York a great place to live, work and play . . . benefiting us all.