Leadership Giving

Leadership Giving members ensure the Park’s current health and guarantee its future well-being for generations to come.

Our supporters understand that Central Park is crucial to the health of New York City and maintaining its vibrancy is our shared responsibility. These key philanthropic partners help sustain Central Park on a daily basis, providing significant funding through unrestricted gifts of $10,000 or more.

Message from Betsy Smith, President & CEO

  • Chairman’s Circle and President’s Circle members understand that Central Park is among New York City’s greatest assets and one of the world’s most important democratic and cultural spaces. It takes a remarkable amount of resources to manage the impact of the Park’s 42 million annual visitors. I am so grateful for the generosity of these dedicated groups of supporters — their partnership is vital to the work we do every day.

Leadership Giving Circle Benefits

  • Private tour of Central Park

  • Invitations to member-only Central Park events

  • Behind-the-scenes tours of newly restored Park landscapes with Conservancy president and landscape architects

  • Invitation to Shakespeare in the Park and pre-performance cocktail receptions

  • Invitation to the New York Philharmonic’s Concert in the Park with VIP seating and pre-performance cocktail reception

  • Access to the Patron's Desk, a concierge service designed to help you enjoy the best of Central Park. Staff will assist you with premium tickets or VIP seating for performances and special events taking place in the Park. They will also arrange opportunities to meet with staff experts in landscape architecture, gardening, horticulture, and the history of Central Park.


Celebrate Spring Tours
April 25 and May 2, 2023

Celebrate Spring Tour and Reception
April 26, 2023

Taste of Summer
June 7, 2023
Ticketed benefit event

New York Philharmonic with Pre-Performance Reception
June 14, 2023

Conservatory Garden Party
June 27, 2023

Shakespeare in the Park with Pre-Performance Receptions
July 18 and August 2, 2023


Includes invitations to all President’s Circle events, plus:

Central Park in Construction: Renovation Tour of the Chess & Checkers House
April 4, 2023

Chairman’s Circle Starlight Dinner
May 22, 2023


We hope you will join us for some of our virtual events this spring! Invitations will be sent via email.

Introduction to the Central Park Climate Lab
March 2, 2023

Virtual Member Programs led by Conservancy Guides

To learn more about our Leadership Giving Circles, please contact Mary Van de Graaf at 212.310.6608 or [email protected].