We are extremely grateful to the sponsors of the 2021 Gentrification Conference and for supporting the missions of 540WMain and City Roots Community Land Trust.

ESL | Community Champion

ESL is a full-service financial institution that provides personal banking, business banking, mortgage services, and wealth management services. ESL reinvests in people, programs, and businesses to help grow the local economy in Rochester. It advocates collectively creating and supporting true community impact and better quality of life for all in the greater Rochester community by expanding individual opportunity, building strong neighborhoods, strengthening local organizations, and uplifting community stories.

Community Preservation Corporation | Community Champion

CPC is a nonprofit that believes that housing is central to transforming underserved neighborhoods into thriving and vibrant communities. They provide innovative capital solutions, fresh thinking, and a collaborative approach to the often complex challenges that owners and developers of multifamily housing face.

Wilson Foundation | Community Champion

The vision of the Wilson Foundation is to act as a catalyst for change. Their mission is to reduce the impact of trauma and housing instability on the youth and families of the Rochester community. Their work supports children & youth, women & girls, elderly/aging, economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, offenders & ex-offenders, military & veterans, and men & boys.

Foodlink | Partner

Foodlink is a Rochester-based nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger and building healthier communities by addressing both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity. They serve as the hub of the emergency food system across a 10-county service area.

Center for Community Engagement | Partner

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) fosters collaborative leadership among University of Rochester students, faculty, staff, and community partners to discover transformative solutions and create equitable social change in the Rochester community and beyond. 

Frederick Douglass Institute – UR | Partner

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies was established in 1986 at the University of Rochester to promote the development of African and African-American studies in undergraduate and graduate education and to advance research in Rochester.

Urban League of Rochester, NY | Supporter

The mission of the Urban League of Rochester, NY, is to enable African-Americans, Latinos, the poor, and other disadvantaged groups to secure economic self-reliance through education, parity and power, and civil rights.

Climate Solutions Accelerator | Supporter

Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region is an inclusive, nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and facilitating a large-scale climate mobilization in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region. Their work to create healthier, more equitable, and an environmentally sustainable community is done through organizational action and leadership development and empowering local citizens through individual action for the climate movement.

Venture Jobs Foundation | Supporter

Venture Jobs Foundation is committed to revitalizing underserved neighborhoods and improving quality of life. They do so by supporting and investing in entrepreneurs and growing businesses to foster job creation — because jobs are the key to growing prosperity for all. When they help business starters and owners transform their ideas into reality, they are empowered to spread their success throughout our entire community.

Department of Anthropology – UR | Supporter

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Rochester specializes in sociocultural anthropology, studying why people behave the way they do and documenting how diverse and variable human behavior can be around the world. They analyze family and kinship, myth and ritual, ethnicity and race, gender and sexuality, and capitalism and exchange. They also look at contemporary issues of food, environment, law and human rights, global religions, science, and technology.

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