The Friends of Rittenhouse Square, a non-profit organization, was established in 1976 to work with the Fairmount Park Commission to continue the preservation and beautification of the six-acre historical oasis. The Fairmount Park Commission has experienced severe funding cuts but continues to provide administrative and management services for Rittenhouse Square. The Friends have provided the financial support for the preservation, protection and beautification of the Square. The Friends have one major annual event to raise funds: The Ball on The Square. Additional funding comes from our annual membership drive and private donations. Each year, proceeds raised allow significant capital improvements to the Square.
The Friends recognize the current needs of the Square, anticipate future ones and develop specific plans to deal with them in concert with the Fairmount Park Commission. The Friends of Rittenhouse Square also takes great pride in the fact that this “Park For All Seasons” benefits both Philadelphians and visitors from around the world.