About UsA Foundation for Tomorrow
Our goal is to give $2 million in grants by our 30th anniversary in 2021. In 1991, a visionary group of leaders created REF to fill gaps created by school funding shortfalls by providing funds for classroom and community projects. In its first 20 years, REF awarded $1 million in grants to hundreds of projects and programs that enhance learning in our community.
The REF Board of Trustees are volunteers who raise funds and award grants to teachers, administrators, students and community leaders to enrich learning in our community. The Board meets bimonthly August through June.
Vice Chair, Trustee
Past Chair, Trustee
Dr. Michael Shibler
Rockford Public Schools Superintendent, Ex Officio
Geoffrey L. Downs
Rockford Public Schools Board of Education Representative, Ex Officio
Rockford Public Schools Teacher Representative, Ex Officio
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
– Warren Bennis