SUBMITTED BY ROSE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The foundation is saddened to share news of the unexpected death on Dec. 4, of its president and CEO Sheila Bugdanowitz.
Bugdanowitz was the 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.
Bugdanowitz 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. The foundation grieves the loss of her leadership and her warm and generous spirit, which echoes through the philanthropic community and the community as a whole.
Anne Garcia has been appointed chief financial and operating officer to serve as interim president and CEO in order that the foundation can continue its important work in the greater Denver community, without interruption. Garcia, the staff and the trustees will ensure the foundation continues to operate in the way the public has come to expect.
A funeral service in honor of Bugdanowitz’s life was held Dec. 6 at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street.
In accordance with her family’s wishes, gifts in Bugdanowitz’s honor may be made to Rose Community Foundation online or sent to 600 South Cherry Street, Denver, 80246. Notes or remembrances may be sent to her family in care of the foundation at the address above, to the attention of Todd Fahnestock.
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