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


Aug. 3, 2023

Garden Explorers at Anderson Japanese Gardens! Join Golden Apple teachers from 9-10 a.m. in the Pavilion. Bring your children and grandchildren for a fun morning of reading, crafting and science experiments! Free!


Aug. 5, 2023

Teacher Night at the Rockford Rivets! At 6:05 p.m., the Rivets take on the Battle Creek Battle Jacks and we will be celebrating all the teachers in the 815! Wear your new t-shirt sold through Golden Apple or your favorite school pride shirt and have some fun with your fellow educators!


Sept. 1, 2023

Join us at this tasty fundraiser, First Friday Wine Tasting! from 5:30-8 p.m. at Artale & Co., 6876 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.


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.