Anita Wesley

Senior Philanthropy Advisor, Rose Community Foundation

Anita Wesley is a Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Rose Community Foundation in Denver. She helps individuals and families develop and carry out their philanthropic strategy. With twenty years of experience in Colorado’s nonprofit community, she serves as a valuable connector for donors seeking strategic opportunities to invest their philanthropic resources to positively impact enduring issues facing our community.

Anita previously served as project coordinator for the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform and director of annual giving and major gifts at Denver Health Foundation. She has a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and honors interdisciplinary studies from the University of Missouri, and a master’s degree in international economics from the University of Denver.


Voices from the Field

We are Beginning an Overt Shift Towards Equity…and Donors are Joining Us

Posted on July 23, 2020 by Sarah Indyk, Anita Wesley

Over the past several years, Rose Community Foundation has been on a path of increasingly aligning our work in pursuit of equity and justice. Recent killings of Black people and the disproportionate negative impact of COVID-19 on people of color shine a bright light on the importance and urgency of this shift, even as they highlight just how far we… Read More

Community Foundation Spark Session: Staffing Your Family Engagement Program – Considerations for Community Foundations

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Anita Wesley, Jennifer Touchet, Elizabeth Sullivan, Tony Macklin

Experience from community foundations that closely advise multigenerational family philanthropists tell us that this work is more an art than science. As community foundations become more donor- and community-driven, it necessitates different skills and abilities of its donor services teams and leaders. On this Spark Session, hear from your community foundation peers about different staffing structures, training, and individual characteristics… Read More