Dear Friends of Rose Community Foundation,
On behalf of Rose Community Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees, I am deeply saddened to share news of the unexpected death on Sunday, of our President and CEO Sheila Bugdanowitz.
Sheila has stewarded the organization since 1998. She embodied the Foundation’s values of philanthropy, justice and non-discrimination and its mission to make the Greater Denver community a better place. Her leadership shaped what Rose Community Foundation is today.
Sheila was legendary for her deep connections and relationships. She brought people together to make the community a better place for all and she dedicated her life to improving the world around her. We grieve the loss of her leadership and her warm and generous spirit, which echoes through the philanthropic community and the community as a whole.
I have appointed Chief Financial and Operating Officer Anne Garcia to serve as Interim President and CEO in order that the Foundation can continue its important work in the Greater Denver community, without interruption. Anne, the staff and the Trustees will ensure the Foundation continues to operate in the ways you have come to expect.
A funeral service in honor of Sheila’s life will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street. More information regarding the service can be found here.
In accordance with her family’s wishes, gifts in Sheila’s honor may be made to Rose Community Foundation online or sent to 600 South Cherry Street, Denver, CO, 80246. You may also send notes or remembrances to Sheila’s family in care of the Foundation at the address above, to the attention of Todd Fahnestock.
Please join me and all the staff and trustees in keeping Sheila’s family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Rose Community Foundation