Rose Community Foundation CEO Sheila Bugdanowitz has died

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Sheila Bugdanowitz, chief executive of one of Denver’s largest nonprofits, died this weekend. She had led the Rose Community Foundation since 1998. Bugdanowitz died unexpectedly on Sunday, according to RCF.

“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,” the nonprofit posted.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street. Gifts in Bugdanowitz’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 her family in care of the Foundation at the address above, to the attention of Todd Fahnestock.

Rose Community Foundation was formed following the sale of Rose Medical Center in 1995. It gave more than $10 million in grants last year.