The Syar Foundation
The Syar Foundation was founded in 1998 by C.M. “Tony” Syar and his wife, B.M. “Boots” Syar as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and was their gift to the communities where Syar Industries, Inc. operated and grew into the company it is today. Tony Syar started the company which became Syar Industries in California in 1938 with a contractor’s license, some tools, and a 1932 International dump truck. From this humble beginning and through untiring work, Tony, with Boots always at his side, built highways, developed housing tracts and golf courses, built and improved military bases, and manufactured countless yards of concrete and tons of aggregate products. By the time Tony retired, he had built Syar Industries, Inc. into one of Northern California’s largest producers and suppliers of high quality aggregate rock products, asphaltic paving materials, and readymix concrete.
Much like Tony himself, the Syar Foundation started modestly. In 2001, however, Tony made his final act of generosity by leaving his entire estate, representing a lifetime of hard work, to the Syar Foundation, increasing its size and impact on the community exponentially. Consistent with the wishes of Tony and Boots, the Syar Foundation seeks to support the communities which supported Tony, Boots, and Syar Industries for so many years. Since 2006, the Syar Foundation has made over $2.3 million in grants.