In 2017, the YWCA Aurora Board of Directors began to reevaluate its position in the community. This six-month effort included internal reviews, conversations with organizational leadership and community meetings with Aurora’s business and municipal leaders. They evaluated numerous models for the YWCA and examined each in terms of its potential to impact the lives of individuals in our region, make best use of the organization’s resources and align with the mission and values of the YWCA.
The process resulted in a revelation. What the community needed was not another program provider, but rather an accelerator for successful programs that will propel women forward in their earning potential and career. With that, the Board made the decision to transition from the YWCA Aurora to the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation.
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.
To help make our vision a reality, our mission is to elevate and empower Aurora-area women and future women by making grants to tax-exempt nonprofits engaged in meaningful, measurable work that helps women over the hurdles of inequity and exclusion, propelling them forward with life-changing programs and services.