The coronavirus pandemic and growing awareness of racial and structural inequity turned 2020 into a difficult and unforgettable year.

As local governments and nonprofits navigated these struggles, CGR found new ways to support communities:

  • We conducted a municipal leaders’ survey to track the pandemic’s impact on revenues and demand for services;
  • We published interactive maps of Monroe County showing the census tracts likely to suffer most during the pandemic due to high poverty, high rates of renters rather than homeowners, and high proportions of people of color, who have been disproportionately impacted;
  • We searched for best practices in community-based racial equity initiatives, with support from the ESL Charitable Foundation;
  • We explored solutions to police brutality and highlighted the most promising practices for effective reform of police practices.

Competition for the philanthropic dollar is more intense this year than ever. We ask you to consider supporting CGR’s mission to improve communities through research, analysis, consultation and data management because the need for good information to support decisions and resource allocation has also grown.

Organizational and community leaders have new and evolving questions about how to adapt to ever-changing conditions – questions CGR is uniquely qualified to help answer.

Help make sure CGR remains a robust, vital resource for our community with a contribution in 2020. We are humbled by and grateful for your continuing support.

Erika Rosenberg


Erika Rosenberg
President and CEO

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If you have any questions please contact Karen Yorks or call (585) 327-7070.

Contributions to the Fund for the Public Interest are tax deductible. A copy of our annual financial report may be obtained upon request from CGR (1 South Washington Street, Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14614) or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau (28 Liberty Street, New York, New York 10005 or https://charitiesnys.com/ or 212-416-8401).