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


March 21, 2023

Join us at Hamblock, 1800 N. State St., Belvidere, to make a spring craft in time for Easter! All proceeds go to Golden Apple Foundation. Refreshments will be provided and it will be a fun night! Suggested donation of $25.


April 28, 2023

The Excellence in Education Banquet will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford. Reservations only. What we consider “Oscars Night for Teachers” includes networking/cocktail hour, inspiring speeches, dinner, a silent auction and dancing!


Sept. 1, 2023

First Friday Wine Tasting! Join us at this tasty fundraiser at Artale & Co., 6876 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.


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.


Due to snow and cold this Saturday 3/25, we are postponing our rugby car wash fundraiser until a warmer weekend in April. We'll keep you posted!

Rockford dentists providing invaluable in-school care to RPS students https://www.rrstar.com/story/news/local/2023/03/21/local-dentist-providing-in-school-care-to-rockford-students/70017801007/ via @rrstar

It’s Miss Ellen!… with @marduh.b on @23WIFR #morningblend! We’re still collecting usable arts and crafts supplies at each RPL location for our great Craft Swap at @rplibrary ‘s Hart Interim Library on April 8th!



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