Congratulations To Our Grant Award Recipients

A+ Foundation (Empowered Women of the Future Club at West Aurora High School), Alive Center, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, Aurora Public Library District Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Aurora, Document The Abuse, Farm Worker & Landscaper Advocacy Project, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (District 204 High Schools), Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, Paramount Arts Centre, Rush Copley Foundation, VNA Health Care, Women’s Business Development Center

~ Newest AWEF Grant Recipients ~

Boys & Girls Club of Aurora Awarded Grant to Bring Enrichment and Mentoring Programs to Students at Blackhawk Academy for 2022-23 School Year  

Cathy Russell, CEO serving Boys & Girls Clubs in Aurora, Elgin, Hanover Park, Schaumburg, South Elgin, and Streamwood

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley Awarded Grant to Help Empower Aurora Women

Hear how Aurora women benefit from Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley program

VNA Health Care Awarded Grant to Help Advance and Empower Frontline Medical Staff

Blanca Vargas, VNA Health Care, CMA Pathway Program Participant

Document The Abuse Awarded Grant to Help Empower Abuse Victims

Norma Peterson, Executive Director, Document The Abuse

Women’s Business Development Center Awarded Grant to Help Aurora Childcare Business Owners Recover and Thrive

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) Aurora Leadership Team

We Are Enough!
Luncheon at West Aurora High School Builds Self-Acceptance, Empowerment, Resilience, and Respect

Shani Klapheck’s inspiring “We Are Enough” presentation at West Aurora High School’s Empowered Women Luncheon

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) Awarded Grant to Help Aurora Latinx Women and Girls Overcome Inequity and Exclusion

Alexandra Sossa, Executive Director with FLAP

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Awarded Grant to Help Bring “Latina’s Taking the Lead” Program to Aurora Women

Vicki Jacobson, Director of Philanthropy at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Aurora Public Library District Foundation Awarded Grant to Bring Financial Education to Marginalized Young Women

Mireya Luna, MPA,
Board Member, Aurora Public Library District Foundation

Rush Copley Foundation’s Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center Awarded Grant to Expand Ethnically Inspired Medical Wig Options for Patients

Omar Ramos, Program Development and Operations Manager at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center

Paramount Arts Centre Awarded Grant to Create and Bring Female-Focused Theatre Experiences to Aurora Schools and the Community

Be the first to learn how the Paramount Theatre will use its grant from the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation to bring to Aurora two high-impact and female-focused programs. 

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry Awarded Grant to Bring Monthly Pop-Up Pantries to Disadvantaged Women

Shannon Cameron, Executive Director, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Alive Center Awarded Grant to Bring Unique Empowerment and Leadership Programs to Teen and Tween Girls

Ady Rubio, Drop-In Supervisor, Alive Center, 78 S. LaSalle Street in Aurora

Indian Prairie Educational Foundation Awarded Grant for Elevate: Educate and Empower and The Valley Runway Programs

Ann Cluxton, teacher and club advisor at Metea Valley High School, with Elevate: Educate and Empower club student board members, Jadyn Enas (right) and Madelyn Schotz (left)

A+ Foundation Awarded Grant for West Aurora High School’s Empowered Women of the Future Club

(Left to right) West Aurora High School’s Empowered Women of the Future Club led by Mariella Acevedo (Co-President); Terri Shepard (Teacher Sponsor); and Melissa Flores (Co-President)

~ Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation ~


We elevate and empower Aurora-area women and future women by making grants to tax-exempt non profits engaged in meaningful, measurable work that helps women over the hurdled of inequity and exclusion, propelling them forward with life changing programs and services.


We envision a prosperous and vibrant Aurora that fully embraces and supports a reimagined women’s empowerment movement so that women and girls of all ages, races, ethnicities, and income levels feel respected and valued, and are nurtured to achieve their fullest potential

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