The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park

About the Foundation

The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park began in 1995 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions as allowed by law. Its purposes include development and promotion of recreational, aesthetic, educational, scientific and cultural potential of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Overland Park, Kansas.  Since its inception, the Foundation has raised funds and accepted donations for capital improvements at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, and the Public Art Master Plan.

With the help of the Foundation’s “Friends” membership groups and their Advisory Boards, the Foundation raises funds for capital projects, educational and cultural programs, exhibits and community events.


Our sincere thanks to our 2022 Corporate Partners!

Arvest Bank

Bank of Labor

Central Bank of the Midwest

Dr. Marc Enyart

EPR Properties

Fisher Phillips / Jim & Nancy Holland


Husch Blackwell LLP

McCownGordon Construction

Occidental Management / Aspiria

UMB Financial Corporation


Leadership and Governance

A 21-person Board of Directors governs the Foundation. Included on the Board are the Chairs of the Friends groups’ Advisory Boards. In addition, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Overland Park and a representative of the City Council serve as Directors without vote. The remaining members are community leaders interested in furthering the mission of the Foundation and maintaining the outstanding quality of life in Overland Park.

2022 Board of Directors
President Tanya Wilson
Vice President-Communications Dana Markel
Vice President-Development Holly Streeter-Schaefer
Vice President-Strategic Planning Doug Richards
Secretary Emma Bland
Treasurer Marga Spangler
President-Elect Phil Bressler
Chair, Friends of the Arboretum Carlos Corredor
Chair, Friends of the Farmstead Katie Lord
Chair, Friends of Overland Park Arts Marilyn Lyons
City of Overland Park Representatives
Governing Body Fred Spears
Parks and Recreation Department Jermel Stevenson

Members at large: Jeffrey Byers, Scott Havens, Karen Lazowski, Dennis Patton, Christine Ricci, Elaine Stolze, Terri Thompson

2022 Board of Directors.

Foundation Staff

Vicki Lilly: Executive Director –

Jennifer Cairns: Development Director –

Brit Waye: Communications Coordinator –

View governance documents including bylaws and policies.


The Foundation accepts unrestricted, temporarily restricted and permanently restricted (endowment) gifts. For the purpose of leaving a legacy gift to the Foundation as part of a bequest or any estate-planning tool, the official name of the Foundation is The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, Inc. The Foundation’s EIN is 48-1171599. To discuss leaving a legacy gift, please call the foundation office – 913-322-6467.

View gift acceptance policy

A copy of the Foundation’s most recently filed IRS 990 is available for viewing at Guidestar.

2020 Audit



Memberships and volunteer opportunities are available through the Foundation’s Friends groups.

The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for all major fundraising and provides oversight for the Friends groups’ activities which include:

  • Membership Programs
  • Commemorative Gifts Programs
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Special Events
  • Marketing, Promotions and Community Outreach
  • Exhibits, Projects and Educational Programming

The Foundation and the Friends groups work in concert with Parks and Recreation Department staff on all events, exhibits, projects, and programs. The Foundation also works with the City of Overland in determining the capital projects it will fund.

Visit Us

P. O. Box 26392,
Overland Park, KS 66225