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Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation Endowment Fund

Established 1991

The YWCA Aurora Endowment Fund was established in 1991 as a permanent reserve to benefit the future needs of the YWCA Aurora.

The organization has served the Aurora community since 1893.  Members first met in the Todd Building on West Downer Place.

In 1895, outreach programs were made available during lunch hours to women working in local factories.

In 1911, the YWCA constructed a facility with a swimming pool and cafeteria at 31 West Downer Place in Aurora.

The agency operated from this site until 1984 when its new facility was opened on North River Street in Aurora.

In 2010, the River Street facility was sold to the City of Aurora.  The building was subsequently torn down.

In 2019, the organization became the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation, but its mission remains the same: “to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all”.

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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