New Charity Sets Sights On Brooklyn

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."

For example, the foundation provides funding to the Noel Pointer Foundation, so it can offer scholarships for string music instruction to local children.

"It will be a new vehicle for people who want to give back to Brooklyn, who want to serve Brooklyn. And it will be a way to raise more money for the great not-for-profits doing work here in Brooklyn," said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber.

"We want to raise at least $5 million a year from the community each and every year. I think we will exceed that and our goal is to give 100 percent of that out to worthy not-for-profits in the community," said Chairman of the Board Alan Fishman.

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