Aurora Area Community Foundation

A trusted resource for philanthropy serving communities in Aurora and Lawrence County.

Our Mission

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The mission of the Aurora Area Community Foundation is to establish endowments that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations by reinvesting in the community.

The foundation seeks to service the area by building charitable assets and meeting local needs through leadership and collaboration. Since our founding on Sept. 11, 2006, Aurora Area Community Foundation has distributed more than $1,397,393 in grants to the community. We now hold assets totaling $4,546,324 as of December 31, 2019.

Our Leadership

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Jack Muench, President

Our foundation is led by members of our community.

Jack Muench, President
James Ferguson, Secretary/Treasurer
John Paul Lee
Scott Pettit
Melvey Hillhouse
Joseph Woodcock
Debbie Stanley
Michael Thach

Aurora Area Legacy Society

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  • Brian and Reneé Fogle
  • Randy and Melissa Howard
  • Jack and Cyndy Muench


J.K. Burney Scholarship Fund

Mary Freda O’Connell Fund for Woodsland Cemetery

JD and Carol Ann Pilkenton Fund

Aurora Beautification Co Fund

Ed Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund

Carol R. Pettit Breast Cancer Fund

Aurora Police Department Support Fund

Aurora Real Estate Fund

Norbertine and John Mais Scholarship Fund

Virgie King Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by Donald K. King Trust Fund

Aurora Project Rise Fund

Aurora Youth Empowerment Fund

Freedom Foundation Fund

Ackley Fund

First Christian Church Endowment Fund

Houn Dawg Education Endowment Fund

Greg Lewis Memorial Fund

Randy and Melissa Howard Grantmaking Fund

Aurora Trails Fund

Ethel King Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by Donald K. King Trust Fund

Aurora Area Unrestricted Community Grantmaking Fund

Houn Dawg Scholarship Fund

Aurora Community Theatre Memorial Scholarship Fund

Laverta Arnhart Jones Scholarship Fund

John J. Lee Memorial Fund

Aurora GRO 2.0 Fund

Aurora Area Community Foundation Administrative Fund

James D. and Mary L. Crafton Endowment Fund

United Commercial Travelers #632 of Aurora, Missouri Fund

Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center Fund

Charles and Arlene Spangler Endowment Fund

Children’s Smile Center Fund: Aurora

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