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

April 26, 2024

Excellence in Education Banquet at 5:30 p.m. at Tebala Event Center. Buy your tickets here: https://goldenappleofrockford.square.site/

May 15, 2024

Prairie Street Brewery Give Back Night! Join us for great food and drinks at PSB. Golden Apple Foundation will receive 20% of the proceeds from your purchases from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.!

Aug. 1, 2024

Garden Explorers at Anderson Japanese Gardens! Join Golden Apple Teachers as your children and grandchildren listen to a story then participate in educational crafts and games.


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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