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The Central Park Conservancy
Founded in 1980, the Central Park Conservancy manages one of the world's most exemplary public parks. Central Park serves 20-25 million visitors each year. Since its creation, the Conservancy has raised nearly $270 million from individuals, corporations and foundations. The Conservancy provides more than 85% of Central Park's annual $20 million operating budget and is responsible for all basic care of the 840-acre landmark. Approximately three out of every four Central Park employees are funded by the Conservancy. Each year the Conservancy provides education programs focusing on
environmental science, and Park history, recreation programs for youths, families, community organizations, and schools, and a volunteer program for youths and adults in horticulture and Park information services. In addition, the Conservancy organizes hundreds of free public programs throughout the
park.

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center have refocused everyone's priorities, and donations to the Conservancy have trickled to next to nothing. Peruggi must plan in advance to preserve the park's quality while balancing the bottom line. "If we don't meet the funding target then we're, we're planning for that," Peruggi says. "We're looking at ways that we can cut our budget and cut in those areas that would not affect what we deliver to the public."

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