Knowing the issues and the facts puts us in a better position to act as catalysts for change. That’s why the Aurora Foundation commissioned the first comprehensive report assessing the condition and needs of women and girls in Greater Hartford. The details in the report inform Aurora’s grants program—and anyone working to improve conditions in our area.


Women on Campus: Boosting Retention, Building Success ~ September 20

Brought to you in partnership with the Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence, this all day conference will take a deeper dive into how effective programs are helping female college students get the resources they need, find their voices and take charge of their educations and careers.  Join us along with an expert panel at CT Historical Society in Hartford. Learn more and register at

100 MEN’s Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast ~ September 26

Join us with Coach Jim Calhoun to kick off this third annual fundraising campaign.  LEARN MORE

13th Annual Signature Breakfast ~ October 26

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jennifer Openshaw and honoring Philanthropist of the Year Susan Rottner and Young Philanthropist of the Year, Neha Jonnakota.  Join us as a Sponsor or Table Host!  REGISTER NOW



The Aurora Foundation sprang into life to empower women and girls in Greater Hartford—and through them to empower their families and communities.

An undeniable ripple effect occurs when a woman attains economic stability and personal wellbeing. She doesn’t just benefit herself; she can better care for her family and contribute to her community.


Giving to the Aurora Foundation contributes to stronger and healthier communities in the Hartford area.

Traditional philanthropy does not meet the needs of women and girls. Yet women reinvest 90% of their earnings in their families. We know, therefore, that providing opportunity for a woman or girl creates a powerful agent of change for her entire community.

That’s why we started the Aurora Foundation: to unlock the potential in our communities. That’s why your contribution makes such a difference.

Aurora in the Community

Community Impact

Aurora’s Leadership Forum, Taking a Seat at the Table ~ A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Legislative Office Building on April 4 to hear from an inspiring panel of regional women leaders as they shared their personal journeys to leadership and discussed how to promote more women to leadership roles now and in the future.



Aurora’s Executive Director Jenny Steadman and CT State Representative Derek Slap discuss Aurora’s impact and how Pay Equity legislation can help secure economic security for more women in Greater Hartford.