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Central Park Conservancy

Restoring, managing, and enhancing Central Park

four stars

95.53

14 East 60th Street New York, NY 10022
tel: (212) 310-6661   Web Site
EIN: 13-3022855

Board Leadership
Thomas L. Kempner, Jr.
Chairman

CEO
Douglas Blonsky
President & CEO, Central Park Administrator

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.53 four stars
  Financial 94.44 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

94.44

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
74.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.97
  Program Expenses Growth 19.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Central Park Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Central Park Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Central Park Conservancy (NY) 95.53 four stars
Riverlife (PA) 85.00 three stars
City Parks Foundation (NY) 95.47 four stars
Discovery Green Conservancy (TX) 90.47 four stars
Riverside Park Conservancy (NY) 90.32 four stars

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The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. With more than 42 million visitors each year to its 843 acres, Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the United States. To manage the Park, Conservancy crews aerate and seed lawns; rake leaves; prune and fertilize trees; plant shrubs and flowers; maintain ballfields and playgrounds; remove graffiti; conserve monuments, bridges, and buildings; and care for waterbodies and woodlands, controlling erosion, maintaining the drainage system, and protecting over 150 acres of lakes and streams from pollution, siltation, and algae.

The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that manages Central Park under a contract with the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation. The Conservancy has invested $950 million to date into the Park, making it a model for urban parks worldwide.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $45,157,747
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $4,846,562
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $50,004,309
   Program Service Revenue $9,186,267
Total Primary Revenue $59,190,576
   Other Revenue $8,889,027
TOTAL REVENUE $68,079,603
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $49,589,525
   Administrative Expenses $7,736,662
   Fundraising Expenses $7,087,380
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $64,413,567
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,666,036
   
Net Assets $358,975,685

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Maintenance & Operation of Park $21,986,692 44.3%
Restoration of Central Park $19,343,109 39.0%
Education, Recreation, & Volunteer Programs $4,267,028 8.6%

Ratings History
Central Park Conservancy has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 10/01/2016 95.53 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.68 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.56 four stars
2014-06 10/01/2015 90.15 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 95.74 four stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 84.46 three stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 87.29 three stars
2010-06 03/01/2012 85.44 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.77 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 73.99 two stars
2008-06 11/01/2009 92.12 four stars
2007-06 04/01/2009 92.64 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 92.67 four stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 92.37 four stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 73.92 two stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 71.31 two stars
2002-06 08/01/2003 77.66 two stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 67.29 one star
2000-06 04/15/2002 82.35 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3022855
Name in IRS Master File CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY INC
NTEE Code N32
NTEE Classification Parks and Playgrounds
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (297) Community recreational facilities (park, playground, etc)
(915) Erection or maintenance of public building or works
(379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1980
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$717,055 1.11% Douglas Blonsky CEO & Park Administrator

The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. With more than 42 million visitors each year to its 843 acres, Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the United States. To manage the Park, Conservancy crews aerate and seed lawns; rake leaves; prune and fertilize trees; plant shrubs and flowers; maintain ballfields and playgrounds; remove graffiti; conserve monuments, bridges, and buildings; and care for waterbodies and woodlands, controlling erosion, maintaining the drainage system, and protecting over 150 acres of lakes and streams from pollution, siltation, and algae.

The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that manages Central Park under a contract with the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation. The Conservancy has invested $950 million to date into the Park, making it a model for urban parks worldwide.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Central Park Conservancy (NY) 95.53 four stars
Seattle Parks Foundation (WA) 96.19 four stars
Hermann Park Conservancy (TX) 93.91 four stars
Friends of the Urban Forest (CA) 87.69 three stars
Park Pride (GA) 94.74 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
tel: (212) 310-6661
fax: (212) 310-6654
EIN: 13-3022855

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Board Leadership

Thomas L. Kempner, Jr.
Chairman

CEO

Douglas Blonsky
President & CEO, Central Park Administrator

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