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.
One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
CGR’s Fund for the Public Interest remains our vehicle for building on that legacy and fulfilling its vision. As a 501(c)(3) not for profit, we apply a portion of our revenues – and all of our philanthropic support – to collaborative research and implementation work on the most pressing issues our community faces.
Since 2000, with the generous support of our donors we have committed more than $2 million to a range of projects focused on leveraging our community’s biggest strengths and confronting its greatest challenges.
There remains no higher praise than your investment in our work. On behalf of our Fund for the Public Interest Committee, please join us in supporting this year’s Fund and help us continue to steward Eastman’s monumental gift.
Since CGR is a nonprofit organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, contributions to the Fund for the Public Interest are 100% tax deductible.