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.

President's Circle Events

  • Central Park Conservancy 40th Anniversary Celebration

    Postponed until September 22, 2021
  • Steinway Piano Recital at the newly restored Naumburg Bandshell

    September 28, 2021
  • Autumn Amble Reception and Tour

    October 21, 2021
  • Autumn Amble Self-Guided Tours

    October 23, October 25, or October 27, 2021
  • Behind the Scenes Tour and Reception at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue

    November 3, 2021
  • Marathon Breakfast

    November 7, 2021

Chairman's Circle Events

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

  • Windows on the Park: Harlem Meer Center in Construction from Central Park North

    October 12, 2021
  • Chairman’s Holiday Celebration at the home of Tom & Kitty Kempner

    December 8, 2021

Ensuring the health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority. Central Park Conservancy events follow recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and New York City. When reserving for this event, please provide photo proof you have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To ensure your safety and proper social distancing, reservations are limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leadership Giving Circle Virtual Events

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

  • Virtual Member Walks led by Conservancy Guides

    Monthly via Zoom
    Led by expert Central Park Conservancy Guides, these exclusive Members-only Walks will explore Central Park’s most iconic landmarks, lush landscapes and intriguing history.
  • Virtual Drawing Class with Jessica Daryl Winer

    Monthly via Zoom
    Attendees will learn how to capture the beauty of the Park on paper in this virtual drawing class led by
    Centennial Trees of Central Park artist, Jessica Daryl Winer. No drawing experience required.

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