To support and enhance education, maximize students’ potential and inspire the community.

Since 2004, Rockford Education Foundation (REF), has been an innovative source of funds for the Rockford Area Schools. Ref is dedicated to providing valuable educational experiences and innovative projects for all students preK-12th grade. REF is a non-profit 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization and is independent from ISD 883 Public Schools. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

The Foundation is a conduit between the school district and those who wish to give money to support our schools. Support for the Foundation comes entirely through community contributions, including:

  • Parents and community members
  • Corporate contributions
  • Fundraising events and projects
  • Gifts of stock, cash and securities