Leadership Giving

Photo of the Shakespeare Garden

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.

Leadership Giving Circle Events

*Please note that events with an asterisk are unfortunately canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. All remaining fall events are also subject to change. All invitations will be sent under separate cover.

  • Central Park Conservancy 40th Anniversary Celebration*

    Postponed until September 22, 2021
  • Morning Walk in the Ramble*

    Annual tour through the Ramble with the Conservancy's President
  • Autumn Amble Tours

    Fall 2020
  • Marathon Breakfast*

    Annual breakfast and VIP viewing area for the TCS New York City Marathon
  • Windows on the Park: Presentation and Reception at the Home of Gary Davis*

    Postponed until spring 2021
  • Windows on the Park: Presentation and Reception at the Home of Gary Davis*

    Postponed until spring 2021
  • Chairman’s Holiday Celebration at the Home of Tom & Kitty Kempner

    December 2020 (Chairman's Circle Event)

Leadership Giving Circle Virtual Events

While we cannot gather in-person this fall, we hope you will join us for some of our virtual events! Invitations will be sent via email. Please visit centralparknyc.org/mp or call 212.310.6657 for more information.

  • Digital Lectures

    Monthly via Zoom. From conversations with our expert arborists to discussions about the future of the Park, each of these lectures will feature a different branch of the Conservancy and provide a closer look into the Park.
  • Virtual Members Walks

    Monthly via Zoom. Led by expert guides, these exclusive members-only walks will explore Central Park's most iconic landmarks, lush landscapes and intriguing history.
  • Virtual Drawing Class

    Fall 2020 via Zoom. Attendees will learn how to capture the beauty of the Park on paper in this class led by Centennial Trees of Central Park artist, Jessica Daryl Winer.

To learn more about the Leadership Circles, please contact Nora Sullivan at 212-310-6657 or email [email protected].