The Friends of Rittenhouse Square was created in 1976 to address the increasing gap between available city funding and the maintenance needs of Rittenhouse Square. With a mission to “preserve, protect, and beautify” the park, the Friends work in a public-private partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The Friends fund and manage many programs and projects needed to sustain the Square. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Friends provide funding through membership, special events, private donations, sponsorships, and capital campaigns.
The Friends have taken on the bulk of the financial responsibility to sustain Rittenhouse Square with projects including, but not limited to the following:
Graffiti Removal Fund a Dedicated Park Ranger Maintain Landscaping