Since 1994, the Dean & Margaret Lesher
Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $21 million and
reaching citizens in all parts of Contra Costa County. True to the
original wishes of Dean and Margaret Lesher, the Foundation
continues to build on the strengths of the community by supporting
organizations and programs that provide help and support to people
in need; enhance and enrich the lives of all citizens; and promote a
healthy and exciting future for the community.
Established in 1989, the Foundation
received its principal assets from Dean Lesher's estate in 1993 and
1995. In 1997, an additional endowment from Dean Lesher's estate
followed the death of Margaret Lesher. A significant and final
bequest from Mr. Lesher's estate was recently received in 2003.