Lisa Harbury Lerner Memorial Fund for Fauna, Flora and Mental Health

LIsa Lerner with dog

Lisa passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 at 58 having suffered from mental health challenges throughout her life. She loved dogs and was an expert perennial gardener. She was the consummate professional in the field of dermatopathology. She excelled at teaching. There was nothing more important to Lisa than having a happy family. The loss of her son Max was devastating. She was stymied by the invasiveness of state medical licensing boards seeking information on prior mental healthcare and treatment over the life of physicians. This stigma and the fear of potential impact on her license limited her seeking appropriate care.

This fund will provide grants to charitable organizations that help animals, focus on the environment, and ameliorate the stigma associated with mental health and its treatment.

Lisa Harbury Lerner with car

Gift Instructions

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To donate by check, make your check payable to "Boston Foundation, Inc." with the name of the fund in the memo field and mail to: 

The Boston Foundation
Fund Administration
75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

For wire or bank transfers, or to inquire about transferring other types of assets, please click here for a PDF of the fund gift instructions or contact our Fund Administration office at (617) 338-2213 or email

The Boston Foundation is a public charity under Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions made to the Boston Foundation receive the maximum charitable dedication as permitted under state and federal law. Each gift to the Boston Foundation in excess of the IRS minimum is eligible to receive a receipt confirming a description of and the date of the gift for the donor's tax records.