City of Fountains Foundation
S&B Corporate Services, Inc.
4600 Madison Avenue, #600
Kansas City MO 64112
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 842-2299
Mission Statement
The City of Fountains Foundation helps create, restore and preserve historic fountains that celebrate Kansas City's livability and culture. We maintain endowments, raise funds and partner with Kansas City's Parks & Recreation Department to ensure the area's landmark fountains work, stay beautiful and last for generations.
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Pat Dunn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parkway Real Estate LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1973
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Checks may be sent by mail to the Post Office Box address. For charges, stock donations and volunteer opportunities, please contact the City of Fountains Foundation office: 816-842-2299.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The City of Fountains Foundation helps create, restore and preserve historic fountains that celebrate Kansas City's livability and culture. We maintain endowments, raise funds and partner with Kansas City's Parks & Recreation Department to ensure the area's landmark fountains work, stay beautiful and last for generations.
Background Statement Do you remember, as a child, tossing a penny into a fountain and watching it waver and slip to the bottom while you made a wish?

The first streams of sparkling water spouted across a concrete pond in the middle of The Paseo in 1899.  Since then, collective wishes and aspirations of Greater Kansas City have been reflected in our famous fountains.

These unique and varied water sculptures do more than give our neighborhoods and public spaces vitality and a special sense of place.  They commemorate and celebrate the visions, deeds and generosity of generations of Kansas Citians who helped make so many of our collective wishes come true.

Some fine Midwestern morning, go in search of those fountains you may not know.  Refresh yourself.  Revitalize your spirit.  Learn something more, something deeper about our community.   Because in addition to the water, what pours forth from our fountains is a clear historical perspective on where we are as a community and how this became our home.

Who were those people and organizations who foresaw our future and inspired these fountains?  Who envisioned beautiful parks, boulevards and neighborhoods where before there were none?  Who gave the land?  Who found and donated the art?  Who fought and died in our wars or in protecting our community from fires, crime and bigotry?  Who spoke up for our children?  Who saw righteousness in equality? 

Vacationing in Italy, Harold and Peggy Rice were enthralled by the magnificent Trevi Fountain in Rome, and by the romantic custom of tossing in a coin and making a wish.  When the Rices returned home to Kansas City, they created an organization dedicated to building and caring for our own city's magnificent fountains.

Enthusiastic support and monetary backing of business and civic leaders gave birth to the City of  Fountains Foundation.  Incorporated in 1973, the Foundation has advised and helped businesses, neighborhoods and organizations create artful, workable waterworks.  Carefully collected and allocated funds are used to assist Kansas City's excellent Parks and Recreation Department and other groups throughout the area in planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and endowing new and existing fountains.

In our fast-paced world, fountains bring us moments of reflection, peace and serenity.  Our fountains are for everyone -- not just the well-to-do, the well educated or the well connected.  Kansas City's fountains lift everyone.
Impact Statement
The City of Fountains Foundation successfully completed the Wish Upon a Fountain campaign. We raised 54% over our original $3 million goal from 2013-17. Nine signature fountains needed major repairs, parts replacements and renovation, which attracted funding and in-kind services.
We have now celebrated complete restoration of all nine fountains: 
  • J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain
  • Seville Light Fountain
  • Children's Fountain
  • William Volker Memorial Fountain
  • Firefighters Memorial & Fountain
  • Meyer Circle Seahorse Fountain
  • Spirit of Freedom Fountain
  • Delbert Haff Memorial Fountain
  • Westside Fountain
Our top 2019 goal is:
GOAL #1. Finish raising funds and begin construction on the exciting new Francois Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain. We are partnering with Kansas City Parks & Recreation and the Chouteau Fountain Founders toward these objectives:
  • Contribute to Kansas City's "City of Fountains" reputation with an historically relevant landmark.
  • Honor Francois Chouteau, Kansas City's Founding Father, and the community's cultural and commercial origins.
  • Honor the area's Native Americans, including the Osage and Kaw Nations, for their traditions and cultures.
  • Partner with the North Kansas City School District to develop curriculum revealing the Fountain's history while meeting State teaching requirements.
  • Create a destination along the planned Master Linear Parks System.
  • Leverage the Fountain project to build community through inclusive public/private partnerships.
  • Provide project stakeholders and donors with public recognition for their gifts, at the Fountain site and through various traditional and social media.
  • Ensure the signature Chouteau Heritage Fountain and its surrounding structures are fiscally responsible, environmentally friendly and built to last for the community.
Needs Statement The City of Fountains Foundation partners with interested citizens, civic groups and grantmakers to sustain the lively spirit our fountains bring to Kansas City.  We are proud to accept:
  1. Cash donations and pledges, especially those that help us meet goals for the new Francois Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain.
  2. In-kind support for fountains' maintenance and repairs.  Donated materials meeting design specifications (stone, pumps, lighting, etc.) help keep fountains flowing.  
  3. In-kind donations of professional skills and contracting services.  Welcome examples must meet specialized requirements for design, architecture, engineering, construction, masonry, electrical, plumbing, etc.
Service Categories
Visual Arts
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The City of Fountains Foundation was established to promote our fountains, raise their community profile, provide an opportunity to establish fountain trust funds, and help create new fountains. It was not our purpose to raise funds for fountains' maintenance or operations. But times change and so have we.
Fountains are simple in concept, but expensive to build and maintain. Pipes and valves rust, wiring frays, concrete chips, sculptures crack, and essential fittings wear out or disappear. Hosting governments and organizations squeeze budgets in hard times, reducing maintenance funds -- sometimes eliminating repairs and upkeep altogether.
The City of Fountains Foundation Board is finding donors interested in making new contributions and pledges. Over the decades lots of pennies -- and many a dollar -- have been invested in our fountains, along with countless wishes. But there is always room for one more wish. Our wish is that more committed organizations, and more visionary people -- like you -- will get involved in celebrating, creating and preserving Kansas City's beloved fountains.
Francois Chouteau is recognized as Kansas City’s Founding Father by historians, though his name is unfamiliar to many local citizens. In 1821 he established a trading post at the confluence of Rock Creek and Missouri River. Native Americans, notably Kaw and Osage, traded furs for his European goods. Chouteau’s commercial success provided the catalyst for developing and founding Kansas City, Missouri.
The Chouteau Fountain Project has earned nearly 60% of the budget goal, as of 4/2019.
  • Kansas City Parks Board donated the land.
  • Kansas City Missouri donated $360,000 to date.
  • Burns & McDonnell, JE Dunn Construction and Mark One Electric provide services at cost.
  • Donors include J. B. Reynolds Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Community America Fund, North Kansas City Hospital, Blue Nile Contractors, Cerner Corporation, Curry Investment, McConnell & Associates, SFS Architecture, TransSystems, Holden Family Fund, Estelle & Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation.
Program Budget $1,622,800.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success By design, the Chouteau Heritage Fountain supports community programs, outdoor activities and a strong educational partnership with North Kansas City Schools. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the "outdoor classroom," interactive fountain elements, larger-than-life historic bronze statues, informative historical plaques, and live Wi-Fi for expanded learning. Success will be measured in how well citizens use and enjoy the Chouteau Heritage Fountain and its surrounding park.
Long-Term Success
Chouteau Heritage Fountain will invite public enjoyment of art, history and natural beauty. Enjoy outdoor activities in a healthy environment and appreciate the depth of our shared heritage -- surrounded by monumental bronze sculptures and environmentally friendly landscape. People of all ages and ethnicities will be encouraged to enjoy the Chouteau Heritage Fountain’s:
  • Expanded walking, jogging and biking trails along the planned Master Linear Parks System.
  • Historic touchstones honoring Kansas City’s commercial, economic and cultural roots; Founding Father Francois Chouteau; Native Americans, notably Osage and Kaw Nations.
  • Learning programs with North Kansas City Schools.
Chouteau Heritage Fountain's new design benefits from lessons learned during recent fountain repairs. Once complete, the Parks Department is responsible for care. Maintenance comes from City Parks budget and the Chouteau Fountain's trust fund, held in a restricted account by the City of Fountains Foundation.
Program Success Monitored By Ongoing activities will be promoted and monitored by the Chouteau Fountain Founders, Kansas City Parks & Recreations and City of Fountains Foundation. Seasonal care and maintenance, the Parks Department's responsibility, will ensure safety and security of the Chouteau Heritage Fountain.
Examples of Program Success The Chouteau Heritage Fountain is born of grass roots community support -- from individuals, civic leaders, elected officials, foundations and businesses. These stakeholders have 'skin in the game' and are engaged in sharing observations and suggestions. We will continue to encourage their comments and involvement.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 17
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Pat Dunn
Company Affiliation Parkway Real Estate LLC
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Mr. James H. Bernard, Jr.Swanson Bernard
Mr. Charles Cameron BrookfieldCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Ralph CaroRetired Healthcare Executive
Mr. Charles S. Cassias, Jr.Retired Principal, BNIM Architects
Mr. Douglas CoeMoody Reid
Mr. Carl J. DiCapoRetired; Former Commissoner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board
Mr. Pat DunnParkway Real Estate LLC
Mr. Jim FitzpatrickRetired Journalist
Ms. Anne GarneyAnne Garney Paintings; Former Commissioner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board
Mr. Ollie GatesOllie Gates Investments; Former Commissioner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board
Ms. Anita B. GormanFormer Commissioner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board; Former Commissioner, Missouri Department of Conservation; Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame
Mr. Pat O'NeillO'Neill Marketing & Event Management
Ms. Heather N. PaxtonResearcher
Mr. David P. RossDavid P. Ross, LLC
Mr. David W. SchwartzWater’s Edge Aquatic Design LLC
Mr. David E. SeayKPMG
Ms. Joan ShieldsRetired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $38,250
Projected Expenses $36,645
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,161,190$885,336$1,503,201
Administration Expense$0$61,450$32,210
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.371.911.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%94%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,860,478$3,587,557$2,725,649
Current Assets$14,075$8,883$2,533
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,695$1,457$1,591
Total Net Assets$2,858,783$3,586,100$2,724,058
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.306.101.59
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Native Sons & Daughters of Greater Kansas City $358,731Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation $900,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Kansas City Parks & Recreation $354,691Kansas City Parks and Recreation $352,335
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $150,000Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation $64,852
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name City of Fountains Foundation
Address S&B Corporate Services, Inc.
4600 Madison Avenue, #600
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (816) 842-2299
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Pat Dunn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parkway Real Estate LLC
Year of Incorporation 1973