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

Announcing Aurora’s new Executive Director ~

Jennifer Steadman


Aurora Breakfast Success!


2nd Annual 100 MEN’s Giving Campaign

Last year’s campaign raised over $20,000, far exceeding expectations.  This year our goal is to raise $25,000 through minimum gifts of 100 dollars from 100 men in 100 days!  Through your participation, you will become a partner in supporting Aurora’s efforts to educate, engage, and empower the community to address issues facing women and girls in Greater Hartford.  Your help WILL make a difference. 


Aurora Hosts College Success Forum

The Aurora Women and Girls Foundation hosted a forum “Building Futures for Women and Girls” at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on April 18. The forum highlighted the Aurora Foundation’s college completion initiatives as well as other innovative programs offered by businesses, organizations and higher education institutions that are propelling women to success in college and beyond.  The discussion was moderated by Diane Smith, president of Diane Smith Media.