CGR’s versatility made them our go-to partner to help design a framework for an innovative new program. They took the time to understand our objectives, thoroughly researched peer programs in the marketplace, and made targeted recommendations on how to structure our approach.
CGR is an extremely professional organization and is very responsive to its clients.
Legislative Fiscal Analyst
Rockland County, New York
The Dyson Foundation has worked with CGR for more than 10 years on our Community Indicator project in addition to a variety of critical research projects. They are professional, highly experienced, and valued partners in our philanthropic work.
Dyson Foundation/Mid-Hudson Valley Community Indicator website.
The CGR team was great to work with. They were able to gather information from multiple municipalities in a way we would never have been able to do on our own. The Final Report we received will be instrumental in moving our project forward. We appreciate the effort that was put into our feasibility study and highly recommend their work for other similar projects.
Elizabeth T. Hansen
Deputy County Clerk
Broome County, New York
Scenario: Regional foundation wants rigorous examination of food insecurity and the charitable food system in Northwest Arkansas to inform and drive planning and collaboration among stakeholders concerned about food security within the two-county region.
Increased awareness of challenges within Northwest Arkansas’ charitable food network including the capacity to provide fresh food on a regular basis, accessing charitable food resources during non-work hours, and transportation to resources, particularly in rural areas. The study also illustrated the nature of the direct food provision system which is comprised of primarily small organizations with operating budgets of less than $1 million that rely heavily on volunteers. Providers cited the need for increased refrigeration and storage capacity as well as additional staff as resources needed to expand their services. The project also identified community-generated ideas for addressing food insecurity and strengthening the charitable food network in Northwest Arkansas such as expanded and coordinated service hours, and the need to identify strategic distribution sites. The report and interactive map are serving as an important tool and catalyst to jumpstart and inform planning, collaboration and investments among local stakeholders including civic leaders, funders and providers concerned about addressing the long term food security needs in the community.