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Cornie Wolf: A Generous Spirit

Cornie Wolf: A Generous Spirit

York has lost another strong leader and we offer our condolences to Governor Wolf, Frances, their family and many friends on the loss of Cornie Wolf. A gracious philanthropist and leader, Cornie’s influence appears all over York. At York County Community Foundation (YCCF), we see it every day as we enter our offices in The Wolf Center for Philanthropy, where she spent many hours during its redesign in 2004 to ensure that it reflected a professional, vibrant organization.

YCCF owes much to Cornie.  She was a vital leader in the revitalization of the Community Foundation in 1992. She and her late husband, Bill, led the six-month planning initiative to move YCCF forward. She took on the task of learning what a community foundation was, and how to make ours even better. According to those who worked on the plan with the Wolfs, Cornie was the task-driver – giving assignments and ensuring that the necessary work was being done. Her strong leadership during that time positioned YCCF to grow into the $150 million community foundation of today.

Cornie credits her marriage to Bill for introducing her to the importance of philanthropy, and it became an important part of her life. She served on the board of directors of the Community Foundation from 1999 to 2003, including three years as Vice President of the Board.

The Wolfs created funds at the Community Foundation to support the community they loved and inspired many others to give to organizations and causes they cared about.

We’ll remember Cornie for her visionary leadership, her loving kindness, and her generous spirit. We have been lucky to know her.

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