Our Late President and Chief Executive Officer
Sheila Bugdanowitz was president and chief executive officer of Rose Community Foundation. She passed away unexpectedly on December 4, 2016. 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.
With leadership from its board of trustees, she directed the Foundation’s development, grantmaking, financial management and marketing functions.
A Denver native, Ms. Bugdanowitz was vice president for Colorado Carphone prior to joining the Foundation. She directed all operations for wireless communications, and managed strategic relationships with US West, major accounts and 20 fulltime employees.
Ms. Bugdanowitz earned her Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Denver. She served on the board of the Mountain States Employers Council and was a member of the Women’s Forum of Colorado. She previously chaired the Colorado Association of Funders and served on the boards of the Colorado Health Institute, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Children’s Hospital Colorado where she was also board chair.
In 1998, Ms. Bugdanowitz received the Woman of Distinction award from Girl Scouts – Mile High Council. In 2005, she received the “Shrine of the Sun” Award from El Pomar Foundation for her “profound and lasting impact on the nonprofit community.” She was named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Also in 2014, Ms. Bugdanowitz received the Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy (Grantmaking) at National Philanthropy Day and she was awarded the Kal Zeff Business Leader of the Year by Jewish Family Service.
Most recently, Ms. Bugdanowitz was named the Philanthropic Leader Honoree by Warren Village and a proclamation was issued by Colorado's governor stating February 20, 2016 as "Sheila Bugdanowitz Day."