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!


Anchor Partner

LMC Truck


Ambassador Partners

AdventHealth South Overland Park

Bank of Blue Valley / Regnier Family Foundations


Advocate Partners

Brookridge Golf & Fitness

Curtin Property Company

Dr. Marc E. Enyart


Hiland Dairy Foods Company


Associate Partners


Bank of Labor

Central Bank of the Midwest


Fisher Phillips

Husch Blackwell LLP

McCownGordon Construction




Covid-19 Impact

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

President Tanya Wilson
Vice President-Communications Phil Bressler
Vice President-Development Holly Streeter-Schaefer
Vice President-Strategic Planning Doug Richards
Secretary Emma Bland
Treasurer Marga Spangler
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,

See professional affiliations.

Foundation Staff

Vicki Lilly: Executive Director –

Dan Vater: Development Director –

Keyonna Steele: Donor Services 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.

View the 2019 Audit

Annual Report to the City of Overland Park Community Development Committee – May 6, 2020


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