What’s New at the Lesher Foundation:

November 4, 2019, Contra Costa County, CA – Local Foundations Congratulate Long-Time Food Bank Leader Larry Sly on Lifetime Achievement Awardread and download the PDF here

The cut-off date for grant application submissions for the January, 2020 “responsive” board meeting is 5:00 PM, December 1, 2019.

We are in the process of updating our website, so please watch this space for exciting changes in early 2020.

The Lesher Foundation would like to share with you a short new document on the opportunity gap for Contra Costa Children developed in partnership with First 5 Contra Costa, Children Now, and the Contra Costa Economic Partnership. The statistics summarized in the infographic show that low-income children and children of color in our community are not afforded the same opportunity to succeed as their more affluent peers.

As has been noted by many others, talent is universal, but opportunity is not. The Lesher Foundation looks forward to ongoing, long-term work with our partners in the community to address the opportunity gap in Contra Costa County so that ALL children have the opportunity to thrive and reach their fullest potential.

Reaffirming and Building on our Mission

In 2019, the Lesher Foundation will celebrate 25 years of grantmaking in Contra Costa County. In honor of this anniversary, we have reaffirmed our commitment to our long-time mission: to enhance the quality of life in Contra Costa County, through charitable giving in support of education, arts and culture, and children and families. Building on this mission, the Foundation will now deepen its work to achieve four distinct impact goals. Learn more here in a letter we sent to our grantee partners and community colleagues.