Welcome To Golden Apple Foundation

We are a volunteer-driven organization that inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community. Since 1997, the Golden Apple Foundation has grown from honoring teachers in one school district to honoring teachers, principals and volunteers in more than 150 schools, both public and non-public, in Winnebago and Boone counties.

The Foundation operates entirely on the generous financial support of community businesses and individuals, as well as the more than 400 volunteers who donate their time and energy to make our programs successful.

Our Programs

The Golden Apple Foundation continues its mission of educational excellence
in our community through our four core programs.

Upcoming Dates


Jan. 17, 2023

Volunteers will be observing our 20 Finalists in their “natural habitats” in their classrooms between Jan. 17 and Feb. 15. This is the next step in the selection process to name the five Golden Apple Teacher Award recipients for 2023.


Feb. 9, 2023

McDonald’s and Golden Apple treat the 20 Finalists to breakfast and fill them in about interviews coming up on Feb. 11!


March 1, 2023

Nominations for the Golden Apple Outstanding Principal award sponsored by McDonald’s are due by 5 p.m.!


Get Involved

We need volunteers to continue our mission! Learn more about our committees and the many ways you can help, including fund development, special events, grants and more!

Teacher Academy

Through the Golden Apple Teacher Academy where Golden Apple teachers mentor and share their knowledge with other teachers through our professional development programs.



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