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The Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation Announces Special CARE Fund to Honor Community Partners

To express gratitude to nonprofit organizations for their continued commitment to elevating the community, the Lesher Foundation is pleased to announce the CARE Fund. This one-time $300,000 fund marks the Lesher Foundation’s 30-year history of grantmaking and honors its community partners.

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The Lesher Foundation Celebrates 30 Years Rooted in the Community

“It’s inspiring to see the network of support Contra Costa children and families can rely on for support, safety, leadership, joy, hope, strength, and opportunities,” said Devorah Levine, Lesher Foundation Executive Director. “Contra Costa County has an amazing community of nonprofits and we will continue to stand by you well into the future — listening, learning, and evolving.”

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The Lesher Foundation Welcomes New Board President – Steve Lesher

“The Foundation belongs to the community and we are merely stewards of it.  I’m excited about working with my fellow board members, our amazing staff, and our extraordinary grantee partners to continue this vital work in this important place,” said Steve Lesher, new Lesher Foundation Board president.

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The Opportunity Gap for Children Across Contra Costa County

All communities and kids across Contra Costa County have strengths and talents, but opportunities for well-being and long-term success are not equally distributed. This report illustrates that low-income children and children of color in our community are not afforded the same opportunity to succeed as their more affluent peers. 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.

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