Learning through research

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.


Getting involved

Throughout the year Aurora hosts events and forums that keep the community engaged in our work.  Our most recent Leadership Forum at the Legislative Office Building brought together an incredible panel of women leaders as they discussed how we can better engage women in leadership roles.  What’s coming up?

Support our upcoming  13TH ANNUAL SIGNATURE BREAKFAST on October 26 featuring Jennifer Openshaw, by being a Sponsor or Table Host.  Proceeds from this event will support Aurora’s work to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of women and girls in Greater Hartford.


Empowering women and girls

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 News and Events

13th Annual Signature Breakfast

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Openshaw; CEO, Girls with Impact, Author, Financial Visionary, and Commentator.

Sponsorship and Table Host opportunities available.


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.