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


Sept. 24, 2023

Visit our booth at the Wine Tour of Italy at Lino’s from noon – 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Lino’s! We’ll be selling our remaining Rockford CityTins at a discount but you still save with each tin through 12/31/2023!

This event will provide a remarkable escapade across 18 Italian regions, all within the charming setting of Lino’s East State Street location, outdoors on the piazza. Tickets are $60; $50 in advance by contacting Jessica@linosrockford.com. Your ticket grants you:
complete access to the Grand Tour of Italy wine tasting, where you’ll explore the unique flavors of 18 regions and live music by Vince Amore. Lino’s food will be ready to serve and available for purchase along with signature Italian cocktails, espresso, La Rosa Biscotti, Lino’s pantry items, homemade focaccia, imported olive oil, vinegar and nutspreads, Gelato Joe’s and Prosecco Pops. There will also be prize drawings.


Oct. 12, 2023

Today is the deadline to submit nominations for 6th-12th grade teachers! Drop off paper forms to the office at 5301 E. State St., Suite 114, Rockford, or go online here.


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.