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

July 17, 2024

Guest Bartender Night! Four area school districts to compete in fundraising at four different venues, all on one night.

These are the venues:

  • Rockford Public Schools District 205, Ernie’s Midtown Pub, 1025 Fifth Ave., Rockford
  • Harlem CUSD122, Jax Pub, 4160 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park
  • Belvidere CUSD100, Timberpointe Golf Club, 5750 Woodstock Road, Poplar Grove
  • Hononegah Nations, South Beloit American Legion, 14879 Dorr Road, South Beloit


There will be featured food or drink specials benefiting Golden Apple, as well as special tip jars. Cash tips are encouraged. And no one will be above wearing a dunce cap if you offer an appropriate tip!

July 26, 2024

The Golden Apple Class of 2023 will be repping the organization downtown at Rockford City Market today! Talk to them to learn more about the nomination process, donating, sponsoring or volunteering! We’ll have kid-friendly nomination forms so your kiddos can let us know who they think are the exceptional Pre-K-5th grade teachers in Boone and Winnebago counties!

Aug. 1, 2024

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

Aug. 7, 2024

We’re the Nonprofit of the Night at the Rockford Rivets game! Game time is 6:35 p.m. against the Traverse City Pit Spitters. Get there early to see one of our teachers throw out the ceremonial first pitch! We get a portion of ticket sales when you buy your tickets through our link: https://goldenappleofrockford.square.site/!

p.s. It’s also a Bark in the Park night, so you can bring the family dog with you!

Sept. 6, 2024

First Friday Wine Tasting at Artale, 6876 Spring Creek Road! For just a $20 donation to Golden Apple, you can sample dozens of wines: reds, whites, sweet or dry and varied price points. Love one? It will be there so you can buy it on the spot. Discounts on bulk purchases. Meet GA board, staff and Teacher Academy members. Bring your friends for a fun evening out.


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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