Founded in 1915, CGR has been delivering expert support to the public, nonprofit and private sectors for a century. Originally, we were incorporated as the Rochester (NY) Bureau of Municipal Research, and were established by founder George Eastman with a mandate to “get things done for the community” we call home. Although our passion for delivering promising solutions has never changed, both the geographic area and clients we serve have broadened dramatically. Today we have a national reach and can be found working with a diverse range of agencies, organizations and communities.
In an arena served almost exclusively by for-profit consultancies, CGR stands apart. Since our founding, we have operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a status that insulates us from political bias and holds us accountable to our clients’ true shareholders – the communities they serve – positioning them as more desirable places to live and work.
Just like our clients, we’re in the business of making a difference.
In 2022, CGR (Center for Governmental Research) continued to support local nonprofits in their ability to use data, refine strategy and execute effective operations. We helped local governments respond to challenges including reduced volunteers for critical functions like fire protection and emergency medical services and ways to ensure professional management in small municipalities. And we worked closely with collective efforts such as the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, ROC the Future and Together Now (formerly Systems Integration Project) to support our community’s growing capacity to work collaboratively to tackle our most persistent challenges.
Highlights of our efforts this year include:
CGR uses philanthropic donations to keep our nonprofit research and consulting practice strong and responsive to our community’s most pressing challenges. We thank you for your support of our mission to drive positive community change through the highest quality research, analysis, data insights and collaboration.
President and CEO