Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation
Oklahoma City OK 73129
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation
Mission Statement The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation's mission is to develop and operate facilities and programs to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City, pursue the highest goals of sports and fitness, attract diverse involvement in the boathouses and related events that generate a positive public image and economic opportunity, and promote the use and development of the Oklahoma River as a world class urban aquatic venue.
Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River
Contact Information
Contact Name Mike Knopp
Contact email info@riversportokc.org
Address 800 RIVERSPORT Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Phone (405) 552-4040
Fax 405-232-5901
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address PO Box 3075
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ocboat/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

You are invited to get involved in the programs, attractions and events of the OKC Boathouse Foundation. Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available to support paving the way for our bright future. From facility improvements to purchasing equipment, you can contribute to the vision and dreams of local youth, future Olympians, and all those that call the Boathouse District home.

Signature Event Partners help ensure our ability to host major national and international rowing and canoe/kayak events. Signature Event Series sponsors receive a significant amount of recognition at all of the major annual events in the Boathouse District, including the OKC Whitewater Festival, Stars & Stripes River Festival and the Oklahoma Regatta Festival. Sponsorship levels vary.

Capital Partner sponsorship includes naming rights to adventure attractions and new experiences in RIVERSPORT Adventures in the Boathouse District, at Lake Overholser or Lake Hefner. Numerous opportunities are available.

Program Partners sponsor one of our team or youth outreach programs From youth to masters, rowing to paddling, there are plenty of opportunities to contribute to the evolution of the Boathouse District.

Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $6,873,089.76
Projected Expenses $6,491,772.11
Mission The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation's mission is to develop and operate facilities and programs to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City, pursue the highest goals of sports and fitness, attract diverse involvement in the boathouses and related events that generate a positive public image and economic opportunity, and promote the use and development of the Oklahoma River as a world class urban aquatic venue.
Background The OKC Boathouse Foundation was established in 2005 by a group of civic and community leaders under the direction of Board Chairman Aubrey K. McClendon with Michael J. Knopp as executive director with the intention of developing the section of the Oklahoma River flowing through downtown into a center of community activity. In the years since, the OKCBF has been at the forefront of a revitalization movement, bringing the Oklahoma River to life with rowing, kayaking, and outdoor adventures that attract people of all ages and from all walks of life, from youth outreach to senior dragon boaters to Olympic athletes. We’ve developed a landscape of iconic architecture against the backdrop of downtown, and have received global attention for our innovation. In 2016, we were entrusted with one of the city’s boldest projects: OKC’s $45 million MAPS3 whitewater rafting and kayaking center.

The OKC Boathouse Foundation and like-minded corporate and civic leaders have transformed the once dry and barren Oklahoma River in downtown Oklahoma City into an economic driver and center of community activity. We’re changing the way people around the world see us, and how we see ourselves.

Long known as a state with low health rankings, OKCBF programs and activities are now attracting both youth and families to new active, outdoor lifestyles. Adaptive programs are giving people with disabilities new freedom. Senior dragon boating brings “wise dragons” back to the center of community life. Junior athletes, many of whom never found success in “traditional” sports, are earning scholarships to some of America’s most prestigious universities.

Two of OKCBF’s newest programs are providing unparalleled support for OKC First Responders as well as swiftwater rescue responders across the country. 

OKC’s heroes - first responders including firefighters, police and EMTs - now have free access to the world-class fitness and outdoor recreational resources in the Boathouse District through our partnership with OKCRespond. Funded by contributors across the metro, we are able to fill this previously unmet need and provide the fitness training that ensures first responders are ready to meet the physical challenges of their jobs. Equally important, the program provides mental health resources to ensure first responders have the emotional support needed in their high stress jobs.

The multi-faceted program also provides opportunities for first responders to break down barriers between law enforcement and at-risk youth. A complementary youth leadership program is taking young offenders in new, more positive directions. 


 RIVERSPORT’s Swiftwater Rescue program takes advantage of OKCBF's RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting center to provide training critical for the success and safety of first responders working in floodwaters.

We've made great progress with these and other programs.
Today, we are looking for the next generation of partners to keep the momentum going, to ensure our investments to date deliver on the promise, and to create even more innovation for our city.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City - downtown
Oklahoma City - East
Oklahoma City - North
Oklahoma City - NE
Oklahoma City - NW
Oklahoma City - South
Oklahoma City - SE
Oklahoma City - SW
Oklahoma City - West
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
We serve the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and national and international athletes.
Description OKC RIVERSPORT offers rowing, paddle sports, fitness and cycling lessons and coached programs to youth and adults at the Boathouse District, Lake Overholser Boathouse, and Lake Hefner Boathouse. Special programs are available for youth outreach and adaptive athletes.
Population Served Adults Families
Description The OKC Boathouse Foundation is a US Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for both rowing and canoe/kayak, and operates the OKC National High Performance Center in partnership with USRowing and USA Canoe/Kayak.
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled
Description RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks offer adventure activities for all ages. Oklahoma City's RIVERSPORT Rapids brings whitewater rafting and kayaking to the heart of the city in the Boathouse District. The Adventure Park also includes the SandRidge Sky Trail, the Sky Zip across the Oklahoma River, high speed slides, pump tracks, flatwater kayaking, SUP and more. RIVERSPORT Adventure Park at Lake Overholser includes a zip line, climbing wall and extreme swing along with kayaking and SUP. The newest addition to the offerings is at Lake Hefner where sailing camps and lessons are offered along with kayak and SUP rentals.
Population Served Adults Families
Description The OKC Boathouse Foundation has taken the lead in developing the area of the Oklahoma River known as the Boathouse District. The Boathouse District is home to RIVERSPORT Adventure Park and RIVERSPORT Rapids. 
Population Served Families
Description Lake Overholser Boathouse is located on the east shore of Lake Overholser and offers RIVERSPORT Adventure attractions like a zip line, climbing wall, extreme swing, and stunt jump. Also offered are rowing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, as well as guided excursions into the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
Population Served Families
Description The Lake Hefner Boathouse, located at 4407 S. Lake Hefner Dr, offers kayak and stand up paddle board rentals, as well as sailing camps and lessons at Hobie Point.
Population Served Adults Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mike Knopp
Start Date Nov 2004
Email mknopp@okcbf.org
Senior Staff
Melanie BorgerSr Director, RIVERSPORT Operations
M. Elizabeth LaurentSr Director, Marketing & Sales
John RiggsSenior Director, Operations & Events
Number of Full-time Staff 66
Number of Part-time Staff 318
Number of Contract Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 500
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Peter B. Delaney
Company Affiliation OG&E
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 14, 2018
Board of Directors List
Jim Abbott Oklahoma City UniversityVoting
Don Betz Ph.D.University of Central OklahomaVoting
Dan Boren
Martha A. Burger Community VolunteerVoting
David Carpenter American Fidelity AssuranceVoting
Joe Clytus Utilities Information ServicesVoting
Peter B. Delaney Voting
Greg Dewey Tapstone EnergyVoting
Patrick J. Downes Oklahoma Riverfront Redevelopment AuthorityVoting
Rhonda Hooper Jordan AssociatesVoting
Ronnie Irani RKI Exploration
Michael J. Knopp Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation
Ann Lacy Community VolunteerVoting
Chris Lawson Ann Lacy FoundationVoting
Alan Marcum Devon EnergyVoting
Tom McDaniel American Fidelity FoundationVoting
Christopher P. Reen OPUBCO Communications GroupVoting
Lindy Roberts University of OklahomaVoting
Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma EventsVoting
R. Sean Trauschke OGE Energy Corporation
J. Blake Wade Native American Cultural and Educational AuthorityVoting
Trent Ward WCT ResourcesVoting
John Michael Williams Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard PCVoting
Roy H. Williams Greater Oklahoma City ChamberVoting
Standing Committees
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018-Dec 31, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $6,873,090
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $6,491,772
Financial Documents
Audit Report2014
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$9,790,254$6,428,354$5,916,566
Total Expenses$11,652,313$8,469,926$7,128,822
Revenue Less Expenses($1,862,059)($2,041,572)($1,212,256)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,000$17,678$10,066
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$928,036$1,007,207$1,125,268
Special Events$323,661$206,897$263,530
Revenue In-Kind($10,331)$91,758--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$9,601,457$7,220,452$6,010,300
Administration Expense$1,836,245$1,086,245$960,523
Fundraising Expense$214,611$163,229$157,999
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.840.760.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue66%79%60%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$14,919,914$16,085,542$15,251,294
Current Assets$135,873$368,133$467,833
Long-Term Liabilities$3,607,262$3,601,072$1,923,701
Current Liabilities$2,797,688$2,107,447$908,998
Total Net Assets$8,514,964$10,377,023$12,418,595
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.050.170.51
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets24%22%13%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $5,800,174Contributions $3,748,154Contributions $3,828,502
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $3,202,326Earned Revenue $1,230,629Memberships $1,125,268
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $928,036Memberships $1,007,207Earned Revenue $625,820
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.

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Address 800 RIVERSPORT Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Primary Phone 405 552-4040
Contact Email info@riversportokc.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ocboat/
CEO/Executive Director Mike Knopp
Board Chair Mr. Peter B. Delaney
Board Chair Company Affiliation OG&E