St Louis Recreation Development Group Inc

a place for EVERY body

aka Spirit of Discovery Park   |   Kirkwood, MO   |  www.SpiritofDiscoveryPark.com

Mission

VISION: Joy for every BODY MISSION: To provide a fully accessible amusement park for EVERY body.

Ruling year info

2016

President/Founder

Jamie Peniston Vann

Vice President

Jeff Vann

Main address

825 N Kirkwood Rd

Kirkwood, MO 63122 USA

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EIN

37-1824921

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We need the financial support to secure land. Once we secure the funds needed to close on our contract, we plan to circle back with the business and philanthropic relationships within our community to secure the monies needed to start construction.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spirit of Discovery Park

The 2nd, fully accessible and most innovative theme park, in the world, built for ALL abilities containing rides, attractions, a splash park, greenhouse, sensory building and gardens, gluten free restaurant, gift shops, etc. for EVERY body to experience joy.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount raised per event.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Family relationships

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of NEW participants at each event.

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of RETURNING participants at each event.

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Related Program

Spirit of Discovery Park

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of NEW partnerships made.

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Spirit of Discovery Park

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Context - describing the issue we work on

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Increasing

Total number of RETURNING partnerships.

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Spirit of Discovery Park

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of new organization members

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Spirit of Discovery Park

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Context - describing the issue we work on

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Increasing

Total number of paid admissions

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Spirit of Discovery Park

Type of Metric

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Increasing

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

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Spirit of Discovery Park

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Increasing

Total number of classes offered

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Spirit of Discovery Park

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Context - describing the issue we work on

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Increasing

Total number of organization members

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Spirit of Discovery Park

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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Spirit of Discovery Park

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are looking to achieve:

1- Closing on our 61-acre property mid-May 2022.
2- Submit 3-D renderings to the City of Wentzville for review and approval 3rd Quarter 2022.
3- Groundbreaking 1st Quarter 2023.
4- Phase 1 completed 2nd Quarter 2024.
5- Phase 2 funded and begun 3rd Quarter 2024.
6- Completed Phase 3, 3rd Quarter 2025.

Our strategies consist of 3 strategic strategies;
1-working closely with our consultants and the municipality through open communication and specific goals/timelines
2-growing each fundraising event through participation, community support, and financial backing
3-building our reach through the addition of SoDP team members and volunteers

Through our team's servant leadership and complete transparency, we will continue to meet our goals.

Our organization has accomplished so much in it's short existence;


• Developed an LLC.
• Retrieved an EIN.
• Ran a fundraising campaign via goFundme.com.
• Developed a Board of Directors, one member at a time.
• Received the 501©3 approval (in only 6 months).
• Executed the 2nd fundraising $4000 in 4 campaign.
• Interviewed, determined & hired our consultant for the project.
• Created a 2-minute animation video.
• Launched a website.
• Continuing to customize business plan.
• Continuing to add team members.
• Executed 13+ Annual fundraising events.
• Produced the 3rd fundraising kick-starter campaign.
• Finalized the scope of the feasibility and economic study.
• Designed our Park logo and marketing material.
• Hosted our 1st Gala at the Busch Family Estate (on Grant's Farm)
• Raised over $335K.
• Created a sister nonprofit; St. Louis Blind Hockey Association that is DBA, St. Louis Blues Blind Hockey Club.
• Built a working relationship with the Occupational Therapy Department and their students at Washington University.
• Nominated as KMOX's Voice of Caring Partner for October 2018.
• Nominated as Ladue News Charity Award for 2022.
• Continue to build relationships within our community and regionally, to spread awareness.
• Research and reapply for grants that fit our vision.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    ALL individuals are served with a higher focus on those with any disability.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    1-SoDP was made aware that the phrase "SPECIAL NEEDS" can be offensive and should be replaced using the word "DISABILITY", so we did! 2- SoDP was made aware the term "AMUSEMENT PARK" can evoke fear onto the community and the term "THEME PARK" would lessen the anxiety. This comment has been added to our next Board meeting agenda.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    EVERY BODY,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Education is important. Building awareness is key. Together we CAN make the world a better place and it begins with us!

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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St Louis Recreation Development Group Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jamie Vann

Spirit of Discovery Park

Term: 2016 -

Jeffrey Vann

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/21/2022,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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