Denver, CO – Gaye Leonard has been named director of development and philanthropic planning at Rose Community Foundation. As a community foundation, the Foundation not only makes grants from its permanent endowment, but also houses and oversees grantmaking from philanthropic funds established by individuals, families and organizations. Mrs. Leonard will focus on engaging new philanthropic partners and assisting donors with charitable gift planning.
Mrs. Leonard was previously development director for major gifts at The University of Kansas Endowment Association. In previous positions, she has worked as a development director for the Spencer Museum of Art at The University of Kansas and as executive director of Cherry Creek Schools Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.
Rose Community Foundation works to enhance the quality of life of the Greater Denver community through its leadership, resources, traditions and values. Since its founding in 1995 following the sale of Rose Medical Center, Rose Community Foundation has granted more than $197 million to effective nonprofit organizations and institutions in the seven-county Greater Denver community, primarily in the program areas of Aging, Child and Family Development, Education, Health and Jewish Life. In coordination with its grantmaking, the Foundation promotes strategic philanthropy in the community as it works with donors to assist them in making thoughtful decisions to achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information about Rose Community Foundation, visit rcfdenver.org.