The Aurora Foundation serves as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of women and girls in Greater Hartford.   We provide gender-based research, implement targeted grant making and educate both men and women in the power of philanthropy through a gender lens.  Whether it’s through an Aurora hosted public convening, academic conference or fundraising event, we seek to educate the community on the critical issues facing women and girls in Greater Hartford.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS! Read Aurora’s latest Annual Report HERE.


Just released! The Women and Girls Data Platform, funded in part by Aurora, is a cutting-edge tool to share information and equip nonprofits, government, and community members with information for the advancement of women and girls in Connecticut. Click here to get access:

Read more about the WGDP  HERE.



CANCELLED: Aurora’s Annual Meeting scheduled for March 24 has been cancelled.

Due to Governor Ned Lamont’s guidance on Coronavirus regarding organized large meetings that are anticipated to have over 100 people in attendance between now and April 30, we have decided to cancel our Annual Meeting scheduled for March 24th. The health and well-being of our grantees, donors and supporters is most important to us.


POSTPONED: Women’s Giving Circle Kick-off will be MAY 19–Join Us!

We are pleased to announce that Yvette Young, LPC, The Village for Families and Children’s Project Director, Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team will be our speaker. Yvette currently coordinates the State’s Human Anti-trafficking Response Teams, focusing on reducing the commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic minor sex trafficking, this year’s Giving Circle focus. By members of the Women’s Circle focusing on this critical issue collectively, you are not only financially helping fight this fight, but raising awareness, knowledge and support for the victims. Complete the ENROLLMENT FORM and join us! Learn more about the Giving Circle here. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE FOR THE KICKOFF IS MAY 19.

Nominate an Inspiring Woman!

We will honor a Philanthropist and Young Philanthropist at our Luminary Luncheon on October 16, 2020.  We are  seeking nominations for both of these exciting honors. Nomination form for Philanthropist can be found here. Nomination form for Young Philanthropist can be found here.


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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.

Since its inception, the Aurora Foundation has granted over $880,000 to over 55 organizations, significantly impacting the lives over 4,500 women and girls in Greater Hartford.



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

Organizations Focused on Progress for Women and Girls Form Statewide Collective

The Aurora Foundation, along with other Connecticut based organizations serving women and girls have joined together to form a support network now known as the Connecticut Collaborative for Women and Girls.  LEARN MORE

Jenny Steadman interviewed by Brad Davis

Aurora’s Executive Director Jenny Steadman visited with Brad Davis on WDRC’s The Talk of Connecticut to talk with Brad about all things Aurora!  LISTEN HERE