Rose Women's Organization

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Rose Women’s Organization (RWO) awards grants to improve the health, education and welfare of women, children and families in the Greater Denver community.

Background

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.

Grantmaking

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 2015, Rose Women's Organization made 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.

View our 2015 awarded grants.

Leadership

2016 Rose Women's Organization Advisory Board Members

Co-Presidents: Jamie Travis & Carin Wagner
President Elect: Renee Cohen
Grants Co-Chairs: Joy Benenson & Karen Iker
Secretary: Meredith Bloomberg
Gift Shop: Shellie Kark

Eve Roth Epstein
Wendy Glazer
Lauren Handler
Courtney Hirsekorn
Carol Karsh
Erin Katz
Lisa Kornfeld
Susan Levy
Laura L'Herault
Erin Neren
Diane Hanfling Reed
Jennifer Rothschild
Julie Selsberg
Michelle Striker
Molly Sutton
 

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

Donations

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 gleonard@rcfdenver.org.