Settled nearly two centuries ago, the Rockford region has a proud lineage of excellence and ingenuity made possible by its iconic brands and people. From aerospace and fashion runways to media and sports arenas to the Moon and Mars, the Forest City’s roots transcend generations and place.
Inspired by the Rockford region's vast contributions to the world, which trace back to 1834 when it was first settled along a rocky ford, Founders Commission was established in 2023 as a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that amplifies the community.
The Founders Commission celebrates and leverages the Rockford region’s excellence and ingenuity in business, arts and entertainment, and sports for brand, economic and social good.
We curate partnerships that amplify holistic impact.
We cultivate high-profile
events and experiences.
We tell the region's success stories.
We support commercial and infrastructure development
that complements our mission.