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 2021 Corporate Partners!
AdventHealth – South Overland Park
Bank of Blue Valley / Regnier Family Foundations
Brookridge Golf & Fitness
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Curtin Property Company
Dr. Marc E. Enyart
Hiland Dairy Foods
Central Bank of the Midwest
Fisher Phillips | Jim & Nancy Holland
Husch Blackwell LLP
For updates on the effects of the the Covid-19 pandemic on the programs we support, please visit the City of Overland Park’s website.
Please consider making a donation to ensure that our programs continue during these challenging times. We invite you to designate your gift for the program that is dearest to your heart – or make an unrestricted gift for use where needed most. Thank you!
Our sincere thanks also to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Johnson County for awarding the Arts & Recreation Foundation with pandemic-relief grants. Each has been instrumental in helping us weather the storm!
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.
Board of Directors
|Vice President-Communications||Phil Bressler|
|Vice President-Development||Holly Streeter-Schaefer|
|Vice President-Strategic Planning||Doug Richards|
|Past President||Anna Randazzo|
|Chair, Friends of the Arboretum||Sonya Wright|
|Chair, Friends of the Farmstead||Katie Lord|
|Co-Chairs, 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: Wendy Blackburn, Scott Havens, Matt Maloney, Dana Markel, Kellie Mingori, Dennis Patton, Christine Ricci,
Vicki Lilly: Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Vater: Development Director – email@example.com
Keyonna Steele: Donor Services Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A copy of the Foundation’s most recently filed IRS 990 is available for viewing at Guidestar.
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.
Overland Park, KS 66225