Rose Women's Organization

Patti Levine, former RWO president, pictured at the RWO Gift Shop at Rose Medical CenterRose Women's Organization (RWO) is a volunteer-led collaborative giving group of Rose Community Foundation. Since 1996, RWO has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to local organizations.


RWO traces its lineage to Rose Auxiliary at Rose Medical Center. From its roots as a service-based group for women, RWO has evolved into an organization that awards grants to improve the health, education and welfare of women, children and families in the Greater Denver community.

Several sources of income support our grantmaking activities:

  • Income from the gift shop at Rose Medical Center, which RWO operates
  • Funds raised by our advisory board through events and board member contributions along with donor contributions
  • Earnings from funds that reside at Rose Community Foundation

How is Rose Women’s Organization Related to Rose Community Foundation?
Rose Community Foundation provides philanthropic advisory services and administrative support to RWO, manages all of RWO’s investment assets and files all relevant tax documents on behalf of the organization. RWO operates under the 501(c)(3) charitable tax status of Rose Community Foundation, and all of RWO’s financial assets are part of Rose Community Foundation's assets.


Rose Women's Organization (RWO) awards grants to improve the health, education and welfare of women, children and families. The group learns and grows together through a process of researching, evaluating and ultimately making grants to nonprofit organizations. Grants are made annually. Funding opportunities are by invitation only.

In 20015, Rose Women's Organization will make grants to literacy programs using a dual-generation approach to serve children ages zero through nine from low-income families. The dual-generation approach means these programs focus on improving literacy in kids while also teaching parents/caregivers the importance of literacy for their children and how to help them promote literacy in their homes.

In 2014, Rose Women’s Organization made grants to organizations working to prevent and stop bullying among school-aged children, including the anti-bullying education of their parents.

View our 2014 awarded grants.


2015 Rose Women's Organization Advisory Board Members

Co-Presidents: Jamie Travis-Heller & Carin Wagner
Grants Co-Chairs: Joy Benenson & Renee Cohen
Fundraising Co-Chairs: Barbara Askenazi & Wendy Glazer
Secretary: Erin Katz
Treasurer: Shellie Kark

Meredith Bloomberg
Stacey Chapman
Terri Cohen
Dana Friedman
Lauren Handler
Diane Hanfling Reed
Karen Iker
Lisa Kornfeld
Johanna Ladis
Patti Levine
Maggie Miller
Sharon Pincus Abrams
Eve Roth Epstein
Julie Selsberg
Mary Stein
Molly Sutton
Jennifer Wiener
Carol Karsh

Rose Community Foundation Staff
Gaye Leonard, director of philanthropic services, advises and Susan Lanzer, philanthropic services assistant, provides support to RWO.


You may visit Rose Community Foundation's online donation page to make a secure credit card donation to Rose Women's Organization. (In the "Please direct my gift to" field, choose Rose Women's Organization.) or contact Gaye Leonard, director of philanthropic services at 303.398.7418 or