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.


Central Park in Construction: Tour of the Re-envisioned Harlem Meer Center Site
October 4, 2023

Autumn Amble Tours

October 17 and 19, 2023

Autumn Amble Tour and Reception

October 18, 2023

Marathon Breakfast

November 5, 2023

2023 Annual Gala: A Night in the Emerald City

November 15, 2023
Ticketed benefit event

What It Takes to Run the Conservancy: Open House at the New Conservancy Office, 717 Fifth Avenue

Winter 2024

Annual Skating Party

February 5, 2024


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

Holiday Celebration, Hosted by Board Chair Tom Kempner & Kitty Patterson Kempner
December 6, 2023


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

State of the Park Presentation with Betsy Smith, Conservancy President & CEO
January 2024 (via Zoom)

Member Sneak Peek: Virtual Tours Led by Conservancy Guides

Monthly (via Zoom)

Led by expert Central Park Conservancy guides, these exclusive virtual walks will explore Central Park’s iconic landmarks, lush landscapes, and intriguing history.

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