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

June 5, 2024

Golden Apple Don Zimmerman scholarship application deadline! Get your application in no later than 5 p.m. today to our office at 5301 E. State St., Suite 114, Rockford, or info@goldenappleofrockford.com. The scholarship provides the opportunity for a current teacher in public or private schools in Boone and Winnebago counties to get a first master’s degree in education from Rockford University TUITION FREE!

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! Contact a member of the staff or the Class of 2024 for tickets. We get a portion of ticket sales! p.s. It’s also a Bark in the Park night!


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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