Our roots are deep, dating back to the founding of the YWCA in Aurora in 1894. After nearly 125 years later when Aurora YWCA sold its building in 2018, the proceeds were used to form an endowment earmarked for the betterment of Aurora women and girls…and with that transformed into 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.

Board of Directors

Linda Pilmer

Rhonda Mont

Gretta Bieber
Vice President

Zaida Rodriguez
Board Member

Janice Baez  
Board Member