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 Services and the Recreation Services Departments of 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.

Leadership and Governance

A 18-person Board of Directors governs the Foundation. Included on the Board are the Chairs of the Friends groups' Advisory Boards. In addition, the Directors of Parks Services and Recreation Services for the City of Overland Park 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.

Board of Directors

President:  Jim Holland
President-Elect:  Anna Randazzo
Vice President-Strategic Planning:  Rick Morris
Vice President-Development:  Steve Troester
Secretary:  Jill Forrest
Treasurer:  David Erlbacher

Members at large: Patricia Aspenleiter, Wendy Blackburn, Tony Cosby, Nicole Emanuel, Faris Farassati, Janet Long, Linda Patterson, Dennis Patton, Christine Ricci, Greg Ruether, Brad Scafe, Tanya Wilson

Foundation Staff

Vicki Lilly: Executive Director
Jill Grotzinger: Development Director
Emily Lane: Communications Coordinator
Keyonna Steele: Donor Services Coordinator

View governance documents including bylaws and policies.


The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park adheres to the Standards for Charity Accountability of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

The Foundation Board and the Friends groups participate in the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation DonorEdge initiative that collects objective information about targeted nonprofit organizations. The information displayed on The Arts & Recreation Foundation profile falls into 3 major categories: program performance, management and governance, and financial soundness.

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 posted IRS 990 is available for viewing at Guidestar.

View the 2017 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 Services and Recreation Services 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