This note in the newest issue of Philanthropy Roundtable Magazine is something that, if actually done—undoing the Central Parks Conservancy—would be an incredible act of bad governance.
An ugly parks plan
If New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, gets his way, the Big Apple will undo one of the most successful philanthropic experiments of the past three decades: transforming Central Park from decaying and dangerous to vibrant and verdant in just a few short years. Millions of people who use and love Manhattan’s green oasis can thank the Central Park Conservancy for this makeover. A private nonprofit that manages the park and raises the bulk of the funds needed to restore and operate it, the conservancy’s success has spawned similar efforts in other parts of New York and across America, attracting hundreds of millions of donated dollars for providing natural sanctuaries to ordinary people who live in cities. (See “Philanthropy on the Green” in Philanthropy, Fall 2012.) http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/philanthropy_on_the_green
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