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A bequest for Central Park is one of the simplest ways to provide for the Park's future. Since the Conservancy was founded in 1980, the organization and the Park have benefited greatly from thoughtful friends who have included the Conservancy in their wills.

Your bequest to the Central Park Conservancy will qualify your estate for a charitable deduction equal to the entire amount of the bequest. A bequest can be in the form of a dollar amount, specified asset, and/or a percentage of property remaining in your estate. A bequest can even be contingent upon an event or the existence of certain circumstances.

"Bequests and legacy gifts of all sizes have meant so much to the Conservancy, allowing us to maintain and restore the Park's landscapes and facilities, develop world-class public programming, and build our vital endowment. I am always honored and humbled when close friends choose to remember the Park in this most personal way. These gifts are truly extraordinary."

Douglas Blonsky, RLA, ASLA
Former President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy
  and Central Park Administrator

Types of Bequests

Unrestricted Bequest

An unrestricted bequest for the general purposes of the Conservancy is the simplest and most helpful kind of bequest. Since the Park is living, growing, and changing, an unrestricted bequest permits the Conservancy to decide the most valuable use of your gift at that time.

The following language is suggested for use in making an unrestricted bequest:

"I give (the sum of ____ dollars), (all or ____ percent of the residuary of my estate) to the Central Park Conservancy, Inc., New York, New York, for its general purposes."

Restricted Bequest

To make a restricted bequest, for a specific purpose, the following language is suggested:

"I give (the sum of ___ dollars), (all or ___ percent of the residuary of my estate) to Central Park Conservancy, Inc., New York, New York, for the following purpose: (state the purpose)."

If you choose to restrict your bequest Inclusion of the following language allows for flexibility in the event your designation is no longer applicable to Central Park's needs:

"If at any time in the judgment of the Trustees of Central Park Conservancy the designated use of this bequest is no longer practicable or appropriate, then the Trustees shall use the bequest to further the general purposes of the Conservancy, giving consideration, where possible, to my special interest as described above."

For more information, call our Office of Planned Giving at 212.310.6645, or email plannedgiving@centralparknyc.org.