Dec. 18 2013 12:00 AM

Anonymous donor pledges major contribution to keep community center open, but more fundraising is needed

Village Summit founder Marcus Brown in 2010. City Pulse file photo

Wednesday, Dec. 18 — Village Summit, a community center located just east of Lansing’s Moores Park Neighborhood, has launched a fundraising project to keep its doors open. The effort received help today from an anonymous donor, who pledged up to half of the fundraising goal.

The organization’s “GoFundMe” campaign has a fundraising goal of $8,000. The anonymous donor has pledged to match each dollar raised, up to $4,000.

As of 5 p.m. today, the campaign had raised $630 in five days.

Founded by Marcus Brown in May 2009, the “micro community center” offers children tutoring, computer access and free lunches during extended school breaks. It has also started seven community gardens.

Brown and his wife purchased an early-20th century home at 119 E. Barnes Ave. in February 2009 to start the center. After opening in May, it was shut down shortly thereafter by the city for not meeting building codes.

Close to a year after the initial opening, Village Summit passed inspection. With the help of the MSU Small Business and Non-Profit Clinic, Brown was able to navigate through the necessary paperwork for a final re-opening in April 2010 as a registered nonprofit.

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