Spirit of Aurora

Promoting the quality of life in Aurora through your generous contributions

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By donating to the Spirit of Aurora you can support city of Aurora programs that enhance the quality of life in Aurora. There are several city department programs to choose from such as Library & Cultural Services, Parks, Recreation & Open Space, Neighborhood Services, Police, Fire, Judicial, Water and more. You can also make a general donation that will help us provide grants to local community nonprofits. Some examples of local nonprofits we have helped are: Gateway Domestic Violence Services, Hoop Scoop, 7/20 Memorial Foundation and the Aurora Korean War Memorial Fund. Spirit of Aurora is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Aurora citizens in 1989. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Aurora. For over twenty‐five years we have continued to provide assistance for a variety of city and local community programs that benefit various groups and organizations in support of our wonderful city. Our volunteer board of directors work closely with the city of Aurora which provides in‐kind support so that 100 percent of donations go directly to programs. All donations are tax deductible.

Ways to Give

Spirit of Aurora accepts donations and grants on behalf of city of Aurora programs and general donations that help us provide grants that support local community nonprofits. Other Aurora community nonprofits can also apply for SOA funds from the unrestricted assets. By submitting a grant application to SOA board for approval. The dollar amount of the funds that are released from Spirit to other community programs are based on the board’s discretion. To request a grant application, please use the email address below.

Please make checks payable to Spirit of Aurora and specify the project or program in the memo area. Mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Spirit of Aurora
15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Fifth Floor
Aurora, CO 80012

You can donate directly by using PayPal. Please indicate in the PayPal special instructions section as to which SOA project or program(s) you wish to donate to:

For more information, e-mail spiritofaurora@auroragov.org or call 303.739.7056. (If you choose to donate to Spirit but do not select a specific program, the board will allocate your donation to programs based on need.)

By donating to the Spirit of Aurora you can support…

Food Drive  City of Aurora Mobile Food Pantry

Since launching on May 20, the Aurora Mobile Food Pantry has provided food to more than 21,000 community members, totaling 300,000 pounds of food, or 320,000 meals. The pantry continues every week through Aug. 26. This Mobile Food Pantry program is part of the city’s continuous efforts to provide needed services to the community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Food items vary by week but have included: ready to eat meals, canned and boxed goods, grains, fresh produce and dairy, juice and protein such as eggs, chicken and fish. On average, a family of four receives enough food for one week. 

Aurora Interfaith Community Services, in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies and We Don’t Waste, will provide food for August events with the goal of serving 2,200 community members each week. Aurora Animal Services and Colorado Pet Pantry will distribute pet food and supplies. Since May, more than 20,000 pounds of pet food has been distributed to community members, while WeeCycle and Families Forward Resource Center have provided more than $25,000 in diapers, formula and wipes. Additionally, 5,300 water bottles from Aurora Water and 2,100 books from Aurora Public Libraries have been distributed to families and children. 

The mobile food pantry will continue weekly through the end of August with plans to distribute more than 450,000 pounds of food to community members over the course of the summer.

Korean War  Korean War Memorial

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, with the invasion of South Korea by Chinese and Russian troops allied with the North Korean Army. The initial invasion pushed Republic of Korea forces and their US allies to the Southern end of the Peninsula, where the US troops had to decide as to whether they would leave the country or fight the North Korean Allies.

Following that invasion, 21 United Nations allied Countries, led by the United States supported the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and 16 of those countries provided fighting units and engaged in combat activities. Of the United Nations forces, a total of 628,833 died in combat and 1,064,453 were wounded during the war.

A total of 2.5 Million civilians died as well. The Korean War concluded with an Armistice on July 23, 1953 and was the last true ground war that United Forces fought.

The Memorial in Governors Park is meant to provide a place of quiet contemplation and remembrance for families and friend of those that served in that action; for those who were lost; and for those that remain Missing in Action.

ACOT Van Aurora Cold-weather Outreach Team (ACOT)

The City of Aurora Homelessness Program’s Aurora Cold-weather Outreach Team (ACOT) is raising $20,000 to purchase and renovate a used bus to support ACOT endeavors. The ACOT team consists of a homelessness service outreach worker, a physical health practitioner, a mental health practitioner, two Aurora Police officers, and the bus itself! The bus provides the ability to safely transport people experiencing homelessness to shelter or emergency services, and distribute life-saving supplies to prevent hypothermia on nights 20F or below. Moving forward we need a reliable vehicle with ample storage space for supplies and more sanitary conditions. Any contributions are appreciated, thank you Aurora!

Aurora Water 

Aurora Water Cares (AWC)

AWC provides bill payment assistance to families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency. This income-qualified program is open to Aurora Water customers and provides up to $125 per award.

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Aurora Animal Shelter

Help our furry friends find safe, loving forever homes. Your donations support veterinary needs, medical treatment, food and shelter for homeless animals; investigation and prosecution of cruelty violations; and prevention/educational programs. All contributions directly benefit the animals.

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Aurora Asian Pacific Partnership

The Partnership works together with the community to contribute to a high quality of life for Asian Pacific Americans. Donations go to business assistance, cultural awareness programs and educational services to improve communication while promoting diverse cultural interests.

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Aurora Center for Active Adults (ACAA)

The ACAA serves active 50+ adults with programs and services. Your generous donation helps fund classes in fitness, health, dance, computers, arts, crafts and other hobbies, as well as day trips, hikes, social activities and events. These programs engage the mind, enhance creativity and encourage an active lifestyle.

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Aurora Fox Arts Center

The historic Aurora Fox Arts Center is the home of a professional Equity Theatre Company that hosts the area’s top performing artists and outstanding theatrical shows. Donations support programming and capital improvements. Corporate sponsorships are available at all levels.

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Aurora’s Gang Reduction Impact Program (A-GRIP)

A-GRIP serves high-risk and gang-involved youth, and works to create an environment that inhibits gang activities. Your donations help young people escape the gang lifestyle by providing an array of prevention, intervention and suppression services.

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Library Summer Reading Program

Give the gifts of reading and learning to a child through the summer reading program. This popular program reaches an average of 6,000 children each summer, and is funded solely through gifts and donations, which are used to purchase supplies, books and prizes for participants.

Aurora Scholars staff and students

Aurora Scholars Program

The program publicly recognizes students in Aurora schools who strongly contribute to their school and community. They might be a stellar student athlete, a terrific citizen, a high academic achiever or a dedicated volunteer. But most importantly, they go above and beyond in whatever they do best. Your donation continues to award these efforts and invests in the future of Aurora.

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Aurora Teen Court

Aurora Teen Court is an educational diversion program. First-time juvenile offenders admit guilt and then their peers, who act as prosecutor, defense attorney and jurors, determine the appropriate sanctions for the offender. Successful completion of the sentence by the defendant provides for a clear court record. Giving to Teen Court educates youth on the judicial process and taking responsibility for their actions.


Community of Many Providing After School Success (COMPASS)

COMPASS provides after-school academic and enrichment programs to young people attending Aurora Public Schools. It is a partnership between Aurora Public Schools, the city of Aurora and several community organizations. Individuals, businesses and community organization partners can contribute funding toward these programs, and help children to succeed and grow into productive citizens and successful adults.


Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP)

HOAP works to make safe and affordable housing a reality for low- to moderate-income families through pre-purchase, foreclosure prevention, rental and reverse mortgage counseling. This HUD-approved counseling agency provides financial assistance to first-time homebuyers. A donation to HOAP is an investment in the American dream -- homeownership.


Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Celebrating its 34th year in 2020, this yearly commemoration brings together community members from all walks of life to celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for the 2020 MLK commemoration is “The Words Ring On”. Planning is currently underway and additional information will be available soon.

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Morning Star Adult Day Care Program

Morning Star provides physical, mental and social activities for frail and isolated adults over the age of 55. With your help to support this program, you will be helping participants remain in their homes, preventing or postponing nursing home placement.

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Neighborhood Watch

The Aurora Police Department works to unite individual citizens and private organizations along with the police to reduce crime and improve the community. Funding helps establish Neighborhood Watch groups that become active in community efforts. The funds are used to purchase and post signs in neighborhoods, purchase and distribute publications, and support National Night Out events each August.

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Police K9 Unit

An officer and a trained canine become one as a team, working together in crime fighting. This K9 team is a tried and true law enforcement tool that is used to find fleeing suspects, search buildings and areas, detect illegal drugs or explosives, and help protect officers on a variety of calls. The K9 unit raises funds to purchase these valuable, highly trained animals.

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Recreational Financial Assistance

This program is designed to help give residents of Aurora with limited financial resources the opportunity to participate fully in the city’s many recreational facilities and programs essential to healthy living and quality lifestyles.

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Shots for Tots

Aurora Fire Station No. 2 provides low-cost, or no-cost, immunizations to children in Aurora on the second Saturday of every month. Aurora works with Tri-County Health Department, Children’s Immunization Council and Rotary organizations to provide this service.

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Water for Life Program

This program promotes water safety and increases basic knowledge of swimming skills for youth via scholarships.

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Youth Development Programs

Programs help build positive life-enhancing skills, attitudes and behaviors in our youth. These qualities are developmental assets, and we build these assets in youth through COMPASS, Aurora Youth Commission, America’s Promise and Summer Youth Activities. Donations go to fund these many life-changing programs.

Board of Directors

Heather Dearman, Board Chair
Janet Marlow, Vice Chair
Novella Real Estate

Bob Jamieson, Treasurer
Financial Services, Mutual of Omaha

Joke Alao
Aurora Mental Health Center

Mike Ciletti
Partner Wiz Bang Solutions

David Patterson
Chief Executive Officer, Falck Rocky Mountain

Council Member Nicole Johnston
Ex Officio

William Gondrez 

Special Thanks

The Board of Directors is grateful to each of the foundations, corporations, agencies and individuals whose donations enhanced the quality of life in Aurora.

$10,000 or more.
Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Company
Gates Family Foundation
Nestle Purina Pet Care
PeyBack Foundation
Versaterm, Inc
Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999
Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc
Manheim, Inc
Wells Fargo

$1,000 to $4,999
Aegion Corporation
City of Aurora Employees: Combined Charity Campaign
E470 Transportation Safety Foundation
Nuac Denver: Hyounmi Kim
Davis, Graham & Stubbs
Fitzsimons a Partnering Credit Union
Children's Hospital Colorado
Harman Management Corporation
Citywide Banks
Dharma T. Investments: DBA Tilden Car Care Aurora
Forest City Stapleton
GEO Group Aurora: ICE Processing Center
Subaru of America
$500 to $999
Comcast Foundation
Jeffery Bain
Sukie K. Moretto
Thomas M. Moretto
Up to $500
More than 100 corporations, foundations, community organizations and individuals.

Spirit of Aurora Financial Statement and IRS 990 Filing
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