Paul and Joan Van Ness Memorial Fund

Fund Purpose:
The purpose of this fund is to support charitable causes in Grant County.

Fund Story:
The Paul and Joan Van Ness Memorial Fund was initially set up in 1993 just before the death of Joan on November 10, 1993, at the age of 64. Joan Van Ness was born on August 24, 1929, in Marion.

She lived most of her life in Indiana and on September 9, 1950, she married Paul Van Ness. Joan was a homemaker, and Paul was a veteran of the Navy and a salesman for Bell Fibre for over 40 years. They were both members of First United Methodist Church in Marion. Paul and Joan had two children, Paula and David, and one granddaughter.

This fund was established by Paula Van Ness as a way to place her mother’s funeral memorials in the Community Foundation. Paul’s name was added after his death on January 22, 2004, at the age of 77.

Additionally, this fund is a part of the Give To Grant Collaborative. These funds serve the Community Foundation mission which is to connect people, resources, and causes to promote a sustainable impact for the betterment of Grant County. The Collaborative, allows our Board to combine generous donations with others’ and pool our resources to do something strong and impactful for our community. This is philanthropy in its broadest sense!

Click here to learn more about these funds and how they are impacting Grant County through the Give To Grant Collaboration.

Because of the support of generous donors, this fund is making a difference for worthwhile causes and people, at the local, Grant County level. Thank you!

Fund Impact:

Grant County Defibrillator Committee Marion Police Department
Boys & Girls Club of Grant County Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
Grant-Blackford Mental Health Grant County Drug Court
St. Paul Parish School Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired
Riley Children’s Foundation Main Street Marion
Cardinal Greenway/Rails to Trails Lift Eastbrook Afterschool
St. Martin Community Center Gas City Concerts in the Park
Give to Grant Collaborative


Fund Page Details:
Donating to this fund will increase the charitable impact of its fund purpose and grantmaking abilities. Clicking “Give Online” above will allow you to make a charitable gift to this fund held at the Community Foundation of Grant County. Want to give using cash or check? Download this Printable Giving Form and mail it with your gift (please hand deliver cash donations to the office during normal business hours). Don’t forget…gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, estate plans, etc. are also encouraged. You’re gift, combined with many other generous donations, significantly increases local grantmaking!

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Shelly Jones

Development Director