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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Central Park Conservancy

A BBB Accredited charity


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Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
Year, State Incorporated:
1980, New York
Stated Purpose:
" The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Conservancy aspires to build a great organization that sets standards and spreads the principles of world-class park management - emphasizing environmental excellence - to improve the quality of open space for the enjoyment of all New Yorkers. The Conservancy is committed to sustaining this operating model to provide a legacy for future generations of Central Park users. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Central Park Conservancy meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Conservancy public programs take advantage of the invaluable resources in Central Park, each year providing education, recreation and volunteer programs that serve children, teenagers, adults, families, community organizations and schools. In addition, the Conservancy provides visitor services at the six centers in the Park: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Belvedere Castle, Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop, Chess & Checkers House and Tavern on the Green Visitor Center & Gift Shop, as well as at the North Meadow Recreation Center.


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Douglas Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy & CP Administrator
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Thomas L. Kempner, Jr.
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, telephone appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing (i.e. affinity credit cards, consumer product sales, etc. that indicate purchases will benefit your organization)
Fund raising costs were 13.9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $35,882,000, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Central Park Conservancy's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  



Net appreciation in fair value on investments


Contract revenue - NYC


Special events


Project revenue - NYC




Interest and dividends


Change in value of split-interest agreements


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Horticulture, maintenance and operations


Planning, design and construction


Visitor services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative 14% 
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Beginning net assets $187,365,000
Ending net assets 214,832,000
Total liabilities 5,687,000

Total assets



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