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

When we’re inspired by an interest, it’s hard to merely watch passively. When we’re passionate about our subject, we immerse in the facts, revel in the research—but we don’t stop there. When we’re fired up to fix something, we have that feeling: “I can’t just stand here, I have to do something!”


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

Power of Philanthropy event

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Infinity Hall in Hartford.  Featuring Author and Community Activist Carrie Firestone!  Discounted tickets available if you register by April 27!


13th Annual Signature Breakfast

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

Sponsorship and Table Host opportunities available.

Nominations are currently being accepted for Aurora’s 2018 Woman Philanthropist!


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.