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.

Stay current on Aurora’s events and programs by SUBSCRIBING TO OUR E-NEWS and following our social media.  Read Aurora’s latest Annual Report HERE.

Hot off the press! Read Aurora’s Fall 2019 Newsletter 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.



Aurora Announces 2020 Grant Opportunity

Eligible organizations are those running programs serving women and girls in Greater Hartford by providing critical academic support and other services designed to enable a greater number of women to complete their college education and fulfill their graduation requirements. Letters of Intent due February 12. Find out more.


Grant Information Session Breakfast Friday, January 24th

Join us at the Mandell JCC from 8:30-9:30 am for breakfast and a chance to learn more about our grantmaking. Find out if your organization and program is eligible for our 2020 College Success funding. RSVP 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