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.


A Virtual Conversation on the Influential Women of Central Park
March 28, 2022

Celebrate Spring Breakfast and Self-Guided Tour
April 26, 2022

Celebrate Spring Evening Tour and Reception
April 26, 2022

Reception and Book Signing for Before Central Park by Sara Cedar Miller
May 10, 2022

Taste of Summer
June 8, 2022
Ticketed event

Starlight Dinners
June 2022
Ticketed event

New York Philharmonic with Pre-Performance Reception
June 15, 2022

Conservatory Garden Party
June 28, 2022

Shakespeare in the Park with Pre-Performance Reception
July 12, 2022 and September 8, 2022


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

Behind-the-Scenes Walkthrough of the Harlem Meer Center Site
March 18, 2022

Windows on the Park: Reception at the home of Michel and Caroline Zaleski
April 21, 2022

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