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


Oct. 13, 2022

Ribbon Cutting with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce will be at 11 a.m.! Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford has moved to 5301 E. State St., Suite 114, and invites you to meet the staff and board, and check out our new digs!


Oct. 13, 2022

Nominations for the 2023 Golden Apple Teacher Awards must be submitted to Golden Apple by the end of the day. This year’s selection will be from teachers in PreK-5th grade classrooms in Winnebago and Boone counties. Nomination forms are available at area schools, libraries and banks or visit goldenappleofrockford.com to submit yours online!


Oct. 26, 2022

Celebrity Bartender Night at Jax Pub! See superintendents and staff of area school districts battle it out for which team can raise more tips to donate to Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford!


Nov. 1, 2022

Golden Apple Foundation will announce the list of nominees for 2023. This year’s selection will be from teachers in PreK-5th grade classrooms in Winnebago and Boone counties.


Nov. 2, 2022

Applications for 2022-2023 Golden Apple classroom grants are due by 5 p.m. The forms are available on our website.


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.


Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Ian. The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism urges eligible individuals in unaffected areas throughout the U.S. to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment as soon as possible.

The Craftsman with Character program is a job shadow/job skill course that partners with multiple local businesses and has seven students enrolled this semester at Beloit Memorial High School. https://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/education/craftsman-with-character-program-gives-students-hands-on-experience/article_5fea8fec-4023-11ed-816e-138124004436.html?utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social



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