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October 2, 2009
A new charity aimed at serving the borough of Brooklyn was officially unveiled Thursday. The Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first organization of its kind in the borough.The goal is to guide donations to five areas that greatly need funding, such as "green communities" and "arts for all."
September 30, 2009
BROOKLYN — Brooklyn will no longer be a poor cousin to Manhattan when it comes to spreading grant money around.After more than a year of review, evaluation, and extensive consultation with Brooklyn leaders, the principals of the Independence Community Foundation have changed its name, its operating practices and its scope.
September 30, 2009
OCEAN HILL — The owners of 41 new affordable eco-friendly homes in Ocean Hill/Brownsville received their keys at a Habitat for Humanity-New York City-sponsored celebration last weekend.The ribbon-cutting at the complex — known as the Atlantic Avenue Residences, 2331 Atlantic Ave. at Eastern Parkway — marked an historic first for Habitat-NYC. This is the largest and greenest multifamily complex ever built by a Habitat affiliate in the nation, according to Josh Lockwood, executive director of Habitat-NYC. It is expected to receive LEED Gold certification, one of the highest green building ratings.
September 29, 2009
Brooklyn, which never fully recovered from merging with Manhattan and losing the Dodgers, is about to get new fuel to stoke its stubborn brand of local pride: It is now rich enough to support a major charity of its own. The Independence Community Foundation, long the largest private charity based in the borough, is changing its tax status so it can raise money rather than simply rely on income from its roughly $50 million endowment.