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

*Canceled or not yet confirmed due to COVID-19; please stay tuned for updates. All events are subject to change.

Chairman's Circle Events

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

  • Reception and First Look at the newly restored Naumburg Bandshell

    May 26, 2021
  • Morning Walk through the North Woods with Betsy Smith, President & CEO

    June 8, 2021

Leadership Giving Circle Virtual Events

We hope you will also join us for some of our virtual explorations of the Park this spring!

  • Virtual Members Walk: Sneak Peek of Cedar Hill

    May 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm
  • Virtual Drawing Class with Jessica Daryl Winer

    May 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
  • Virtual Spring Tree Walk

    May 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm
  • The Belvedere: Beautiful View Virtual Tour

    June 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm
  • Virtual Members Walk: Sneak Peek of the Tennis Courts

    June 22, 2021 at 12:30 pm
  • Virtual Drawing Class with Jessica Daryl Winer

    June 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

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