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 O'Neill
Board Chair Company Affiliation O'Neill Marketing & Event Management
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1973
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 has been leading a fundraising effort (Wish Upon a Fountain) since 2013, focused on eight fountains in the most critical need of repairs and renovation.  Funding has been contributed from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations, businesses and the City.  

As of April 2016, funding has been acquired for seven of the eight targeted fountains, and six of these specially-targeted fountains have been restored.
Goals for the upcoming year include: Finalize engineering study, reconstruction plans, let bids and commence work on the Delbert Haff Memorial Fountain, funding for which has been successfully raised and banked.  Study alternate ideas for the renovation of the Westside Fountain, and raise the additional dollars (TBD) needed. 
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 the Wish Upon a Fountain Project goal.
  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 endowments, and help create new fountains.  It was not our purpose to raise funds for fountains' maintenance or operations.  But times change.  Today we find many of our fountains on life support -- and we are taking decisive action with the Wish Upon a Fountain Project.

The truth is, many signature fountains have serious issues, both above and below the surface.  As simple as they are in concept, fountains are 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 bottom line is this:  Yes, the Wish Upon a Fountain Project goal can be met in 2015.

The City of Fountains Foundation Board is finding donors interested in making new contributions and pledges.  And national exposure of Kansas City’s fountains during Major League Baseball's 2014 Playoffs/World Series renewed passion in our Project.

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.

With your help, we WILL meet the Project goal to save our endangered fountains -- because You Wish Upon a Fountain!

$1,200,000 Raised for this project.

SCOPE: A new concrete base was created for the Angel sculpture, which itself was repaired. The previously inoperable waterfall feature has undergone an extensive renovation and infrastructure upgrade. Waterproofing of the basins in the waterfall and upper pools; replacing at least one 3" bubbler line (under pavement) to the waterfall; replacing 3 additional sculpture bases, (after removing all 3 sculptures); and incidental pavement replacement where it had to be removed for plumbing repairs.

Donations were received for this site from multiple sources, including the Hall Family Foundation, the KCP&L Fund, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, and Ewing Kauffman Foundation.  KC Parks & Recreation also contributed needed funding toward the construction work, with remaining funding coming from undesignated donations to the general WUAF campaign. Burns & McDonald provided pro-bono services, and JE Dunn also provided services at their cost.
Project is complete.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success has been to see the work completed in a short period of time, the large number of members of the community that attended the grand reopening of the fountain on Fountain Day for the City,  and favorable comments received from members of the public expressing their gratitude for the working fountain.
Long-Term Success As a result of this program this fountain should provide beauty and delight to the entire community for many years into the future.
Program Success Monitored By The program will continue to be monitored by this Foundation and the City of Kansas City Parks and Recreation overseeing the condition of the fountain on a yearly basis.
Examples of Program Success Success has been and will continue to be measured by the many favorable comments received by the City of Fountains Foundation office from local citizens and visitors to our city. 

$500,000 Raised for this project.

SCOPE: The complete operating system (pump, plumbing, electrical panels) beneath the fountain was inoperable and needed to be replaced.  The basin needed repairs and the entire structure needed to be cleaned and waterproofed.  Sidewalks and decking around the fountain was cracked and crumbling, and the landscaping was outdated. Highwoods Properties funded and managed the restoration.

Status: Restoration was completed in the Spring of 2015, and the fountain was in operation during the entire warm season of the year 2015. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Again, we have received many positive comments after the completion of the renovation work expressing gratitude to see this beautiful structure again in working order. 
Long-Term Success

The long-term success will be measured by the many favorable comments received by Foundation Board member, officers, and at the office from members of the Kansas City Community and the many visitors who travel to the City for the specific reason to observe the many beautiful fountains.

This Seville Lamp Fountain, one of two majestic fountains at the east gateway to the ever popular Plaza District of Kansas City, will continue to charm the city and provide beauty and enjoyment to all viewers. 

Program Success Monitored By Success has been and will continue to be monitored be large attendance by local members and the large number of visitor from all over the United States to come to visit our community to see our large beautiful display of the many majestic fountains.
Examples of Program Success Each year we receive numerous calls from the many interested parties of people coming to our city to visit and observe our collection of working fountains.

Raised $461,000

SCOPE: Reconstructing the basin, with new subgrade, new concrete and new stonework around the fountain, repair water and drain lines, replace sidewalk pavement, landscaping, repair stone walls; repair (3) vault lids. Major fund raising donations received from James B. Nutter Sr., and additional donations received from Frank & Margaret McGee Fund, Tension Envelope, Kirk Foundation, Estelle and Robert Long Ellis Foundation, Shirley and Barnette Helzberg, Dan and Michelle Kaufman, and Irv Hockaday.

Status: LED lighting was installed in November, 2015.  Repairs to masonry in fountain basin and replacement of sidewalks and decking is set to be completed in Spring of 2016. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

Short term success is measured by the large number of financial supporters providing funds necessary to restore this beautiful fountain to its beauty of the past.

Long-Term Success Long term success will be met with an operating fountain that will provide the community with enjoyment and beauty as they observe an operating fountain restored to new operating condition that should last for many years into the future.
Program Success Monitored By The ongoing success will be monitored by this Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Kansas City over the condition of this fountain.  Funds held by this Foundation will be made available for the ongoing maintenance and repairs in the future, the length which will depend on the needs and available funds available now and by future donations received.
Examples of Program Success Success  of the program is evidenced by the improvements completed and those scheduled for completion in 2016.

Raised $455,000

SCOPE: Restored cleaned, and preserved the historic bronze sculptures, installed new pump and new plumbing, along with major site improvements, including new coping, new lighting and landscaping, pavement and sidewalks.

Status:  Fund raising and work completed in Spring of 2015.  
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success is measured predominately by the same standards as the long term success.  The popularity of this fountain is easily observed by the huge numbers of people at the site throughout each day and night.  Sitting at the east entrance of the Country Club Plaza it provides the first spectacular sight for all those visiting this location.
Long-Term Success The long term success will easily be determined by the huge number of individuals visiting this fountain, many who sit for long periods of time observing and enjoying the marvelous beauty it provides.  
Program Success Monitored By Program success will be monitored by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Kansas City as well as our Foundation who holds funds provided by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation and the John and Kay Callison Family for ongoing repairs and maintenance. 
Examples of Program Success We believe the success of the program is self evident from the continued attendance at this fountain by the large numbers of local and out of town visitors. 

Raised $250,000

SCOPE: Sculptures were removed to storage during construction; concrete bases for the sculptures were replaced and sculptures were reinstalled; nozzles, rusting nozzle support flanges, lights & light blocks were all replaced; the fountain basin interior was cleaned and waterproofed. Funding donations were provided by, Waddell & Reed, City of North Kansas City, KCMO PIAC Fund, Perry Foundation, Mark Naughton, Cerner Corporation, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Gorman, Charles Garney, Irven & Nevada Linscomb Foundation, and numerous other individual donors, and J.E. Dunn Construction.

Status: The renovation started with the conservation and removal of the sculptures, and expected to be completed by June 2016. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success is evident from the large number of a variety of individual, governmental, and business contributors making this project possible. 
Long-Term Success Long-term success will be measured after the successful renovation and completion of the project. 
Program Success Monitored By The program will be monitored by the City of Fountains Foundation who holds funds for the ongoing needed repairs and maintenance.
Examples of Program Success Again, the financial support this project has generated is the best example of the success we have experienced.
CEO Comments

In addition to the five fountain project listed above our Foundation also has 3 other fountains renovations under way.  They are listed below with a brief explanation of each project.


Scope: Replace essential parts and iron supports as needed. Park Department is hiring a design consultant to analyze the fountain and iron supports to determine the exact scope of repairs needed. Donations have been received from Sprint Corporation and MAC Health Care Corporation and $100,000 has been provided by KCMO PIAC for renovations.
Status: Work is underway.
Scope: Sculptures have been cleaned by a conservator under maintenance contract with the Parks Department of the City of Kansas City. The basin interior has been waterproofed and damaged pieces have been repaired. Donation has been received from an individual.
Status: Since initial work was done significant problems have been discovered in the submerged equipment vault and all plumbing, mechanical and electrical elements within it need to be replaced. a design consultant has been hired to analyze condition of  the concrete and subgrade under the basin, design repairs, provide cost estimates, and manage construction. Parks Department will fund the additional repairs needed.
WESTSIE FOUNTAIN - Raised $100,000
Scope: Remove tile, waterproof areas, smooth underlying concrete, plumb and level, and replace tile. Clean and fortify pumps and plumbing mechanisms. Estimated cost of renovation is $250,000.  Donations have been received from Boulevard Brewing/Duvel Moortgate and Mason Dean Foundation.
Status: A design consultant and aquatic design firm will provide design and specification for the renovation while remaining funding is raised and repairs get underway.  
As can be seen and as has been indicated earlier the ongoing repairs and maintenance of fountains is a costly requirement.  Our Foundation is trying to play our part in this process by providing an organization to hold and manage funds set aside by developers and interested parties.
Certainly all and any contributions are needed and welcomed.  Any person or organization can contact us to get specific information about fountains and making donation.  Contact information is available on our website.  Cash or stock donations can easily be made to assist us in this endeavor.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 17
Paid Contractors 0
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 O'Neill
Company Affiliation O'Neill Marketing & Event Management
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mr. James H. Bernard, Jr. Slagle, Bernard & Gorman, P.C.
Mr. Ralph Caro Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles S. Cassias, Jr. BNIM Architects
Mr. Jean-Paul Chaurand (Ex-Officio)Commissioner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board
Mr. Douglas Coe Moody Reid
Mr. Carl J. DiCapo Retired; Former Commissoner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board
Mr. Pat Dunn Parkway Real Estate LLC
Ms. Anne Garvey Anne Garvey Paintings
Mr. Ollie Gates Ollie Gates Investments; Former Commissioner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board
Ms. Anita B. Gorman Former Commissioner, Kansas City Missouri Parks Board; Former Commissioner, Missouri Department of Conservation; Missouri Recreation and Parks Hall of Fame
Mr. Pat O'Neill O'Neill Marketing & Event Management
Ms. Heather N. Paxton Community Volunteer
Mr. David P. Ross David P. Ross, LLC
Mr. David W. Schwartz Water’s Edge Aquatic Design LLC
Mr. David E. Seay KPMG
Ms. Joan Shields Retired
Mr. Joel D. Vile Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $35,370
Projected Expenses $35,370
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,555,530$43,860$52,763
Administration Expense$50,016$27,131$24,893
Fundraising Expense$0$0$63,997
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.6714.044.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%62%37%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,439,754$2,963,356$2,037,590
Current Assets$1,861$1,865$636
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,928$1,098$1,020
Total Net Assets$2,437,826$2,962,258$2,036,570
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.971.700.62
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMarion & Henry Block Family Foundation $250,000Individual Donor $150,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas City Parks and Recreation $170,000KCPL Fund $100,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $150,000Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $100,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Purpose is to save endangered landmark and neighborhood fountains by making necessary repairs and restorations.
Goal $3,000,000.00
Dates May 2013 to Dec 2016
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 O'Neill
Board Chair Company Affiliation O'Neill Marketing & Event Management
Year of Incorporation 1973