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Downtown Rockford, Illinois view of bridges and skyline.

THE ROCKFORD REGION HAS HELPED CREATE

ICONIC BRANDS, BUSINESSES
AND PEOPLE SINCE 1834.

WE UPLIFT THE COMMUNITY BY HONORING AND LEVERAGING OUR REGION'S LINEAGE OF EXCELLENCE AND INGENUITY.

About

OUR

STORY

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.

OUR

MISSION

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.

Kids play basketball and sports at a park next to a school bus.
Services

OUR

PROGRAMS

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.

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OUR

LEADERSHIP

FOUNDERS COMMISSION IS CERTIFIED BY THE IRS AS A 501(C)(3) CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION.  

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Aerial view of downtown Rockford, Illinois at night overlooking the Rock River.

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