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At Goodman, we believe the sustainability of our planet – and the wellbeing of all the people in it - is everyone’s responsibility. That’s why we partner with passionate, and often, grassroots charities who, like us, are striving to do good in the world.

How we do good in the world

Goodman Foundation is committed to addressing disadvantage and making a tangible difference to the lives of the people in our community. We partner with like-minded local organisations to fund explicit projects and activities that have clearly defined timelines and outcomes and in doing so, provide real support where it is needed most. 

To achieve this, we have defined three key areas of focus:

Children and youth

Charity organisations who help protect, nurture and support children or young people.

Food rescue and environment

Charity organisations who reduce waste and support those in need by redistributing fresh food or useful items that would otherwise go to landfill.

Community and community health

Charity organisations who support those living with a condition, illness or disability, or whose efforts help to create a more inclusive and equitable community.

Staff engagement programmes

Goodman supports the local community not only through cash grants but also through a number of initiatives that involve our people including our ’Give Back’ employee giving and ’Do Good’ volunteering programmes. Our Foundation programmes are designed to help engage our team and provide opportunities for them to contribute to the community. The Goodman team, together with the Goodman Foundation, makes a difference through opportunities, big and small.

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Give back

Each year our people have the opportunity to nominate charities that they are passionate about and wish to personally support through their pay under our give back program. The Goodman Foundation then matches all employee contributions dollar for dollar.
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Do good

The support and opportunities the Goodman Foundation provides under the do good program makes it easy for our team to provide real support to people in need. Whether that’s using their skills and knowledge to mentor others, volunteering their time or challenging themselves personally to raise critical funds for a good cause.

The Goodman Foundation's support has helped to enable:

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178 million meals

delivered by OzHarvest

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206,918 eye screenings

completed through the Fred Hollows' Xintang Project

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$168 million goods

collected by Good360

 

Charity partners

Children and youth

Raise Foundation

In partnership with schools and the broader community the Raise Foundation empowers young people to navigate challenges and believe in themselves. Raise recruit, train and screen volunteers to become youth mentors before matching them with a young person (typically 13-14 years old) in a local, public high school. There are over 4,800 active mentors and Raise are working towards making mentoring available in every public secondary school across Australia.

Since 2013, the Goodman Foundation has partnered with the Raise Foundation,  supporting its mentoring programs and with Goodman people volunteering as mentors. 

Stepping Stone House

Stepping Stone House provides a safe home for children and young people at risk or experiencing homelessness so they can begin to heal, build resilience, create connections and become the very best they can be.

The Goodman Foundation is a long-term supporter of Stepping Stone House having initiated its driving program and contributed to its youth development and family reconciliation programs. The Goodman Foundation currently supports the Ngunwah program, a culturally safe program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

 

Little Olive Foundation

Little Olive Foundation provides educational and social welfare aid for orphans, children in poverty, handicapped, or terminally ill in natural disaster affected areas.

The Goodman Foundation partnered with the Little Olive Foundation over four years ago and each year we support their work in the Fukushima region of Japan to provide happy and healthy indoor play centres for children and their families, as it is still considered unsafe to play outdoors following the devastating effects of the nuclear incident in the 2011 tsunami. 

Bestest foundation

For nine years, Goodman has supported Bestest Foundation’s work addressing the neglected needs of severely ill or disabled children, and their families, in regional Australia. This support ensures such families do not fall through the cracks.

The organisation is highly targeted. Every dollar goes directly to a specific need such as a modified van with a patient lift hoist, a new refrigerator, a braille computer, an insulin pump, food vouchers or mental health support.

Goodman’s long-term support of Bestest Foundation shows its commitment to small organisations doing big things for families that desperately need a helping hand.

Goodman mais education program

The Goodman Foundation wants to reduce inequality in Brazil by increasing access to education. The Goodman Mais (‘more’) Education program combines the specialist expertise of several partners to bring a bespoke education program together.

The high-quality technical training will be delivered to underprivileged young adults, many of whom will also connect with Goodman team members for mentoring sessions.  

The Goodman Mais program will select, among 200+ students sourced by selected schools and institutions, 30 Brazilian young adults to participate in each 18-month program. The program includes environmental management training and personal skills education, boosting graduates’ success in the labour market.  On completion of the education program work placements will be encouraged for students within Goodman, our customers and local property service providers wherever possible. 

Friends and helpers

California-based charity Friends and Helpers supports, educates and encourages domestic violence survivors and their children who have fled to a shelter or group home for safety. 

Most women who flee do not leave with much and rely on shelters for basic necessities. Twice a year for five years, Goodman’s Southern California employees have donated to, and volunteered with, Friends and Helpers’ major back to school and holiday season gift campaigns, with Goodman matching employee donations to double the total purchases. 

Shanghai sunrise

Shanghai Sunrise is a local NGO registered with the Shanghai Charity Foundation (SCF), that provides education scholarships to high potential children coming from hardship. Shanghai Sunrise has been operating for over 25 years and has helped more than 3200 students complete high school and higher education since its foundation
The Goodman Foundation provides education scholarships to high school and university students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Food rescue and environment

OzHarvest

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it, directly and free of charge, to more than 1,400 charities supporting people in need. Starting in Sydney in 2004 with one van – the first of many donations from the Goodman Foundation, they now operate nationally rescuing food from over 3,200 food donors.

As a founding partner Goodman has provided OzHarvest with office and warehousing facilities in several states and refrigerated vans since the beginning. In 2014, through the Goodman team and its generous supply partners, an incredible fit-for-purpose facility was built to house their head office and commercial kitchens in Goodman's Alexandria Industrial Estate, in South Sydney. Other initiatives include the provision of a community vegetable garden, mentoring of team members and various other volunteering contributions under the Foundation’s ‘Do Good’ programme.

KiwiHarvest

Kiwiharvest are New Zealand’s national perishable food rescuers; collecting good food before it goes to waste and distributing it to those in need to nourish the wider community. 

KiwiHarvest reduces the negative impacts of food waste on our environment by redistributing excess food; helping to create lasting positive social change by nourishing those in need.

As founding supporters, the Goodman Foundation has helped KiwiHarvest establish their Auckland operations and provided both office and storage space to ensure they may continue to expand across the New Zealand Islands as national rescuers of good food.

UKHarvest

UKHarvest is a not-for-profit perishable food rescue operation that collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities.

They provide much needed assistance to vulnerable people, collecting surplus food from all types of food providers, including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.

UKHarvest is based on the original OzHarvest model which was founded in November 2004, by Ronni Kahn.

The Goodman Foundation are founding partners of UKHarvest and fund their operations out of Southern England.

Good360 Australia

Good360 is a matchmaker, connecting surplus goods from businesses with Australians who need them most. Good360 work to help all communities impacted by disaster and have distributed over 7 million items worth $54 Million RRP to people impacted by floods, fires and COVID-19.

As a founding supporter of Good360 in Australia, the Goodman Foundation recognised the huge value to the community resulting from the delivery of Good360’s mission. In support of this, Goodman has provided Good360 with both an office for their team to grow and an extensive warehouse space to support their operations. We also helped them establish their disaster recovery operations in response the 2020 droughts, fires and pandemic.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Second Harvest began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange County.

With the help of supporters and volunteers, Second Harvest Food Bank works through a network of 190 non-profit partner agencies and programmes to provide wholesome food and fresh produce to more than 250,000 hungry children, seniors and families in Orange County every month.

The Goodman Foundation has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to implement an innovative mobile fresh food truck called the “Park-it Market” which provides free food to senior communities across Orange County.  In its nine months of operation it has distributed over half a million pounds of fresh, nutritious food – this is the equivalent of 435,000 meals. Seniors can choose food that fits their needs, diets and cooking preferences in a manner that is respectful and provides dignity.  

Thread together

In Australia one in eight adults and one in six children do not have adequate access to essential clothing. Thread Together believes that circumstances and disadvantage should not prevent people from accessing clothing to allow them to realise their full potential.

Thread Together provides new clothes to those in need, including women escaping domestic violence, homeless adults and children, and those who just arrived in the country seeking refuge.
New clothing is also provided to the long-term unemployed, seeking equal standing when going to an interview, those coming out of long-term health care, and many who are rebuilding their lives after being devastated by the droughts, the recent bushfires and now the pandemic.

The Goodman Foundation is an early partner providing support since 2016.

New Zealand food network

The New Zealand Food Network launched in 2020. They acts as the national food rescue facilitator, collecting and redistributing quality surplus and donated bulk food from producers, growers and wholesalers around the country. They then distribute it to food rescue organisations and charities across New Zealand, to help feed local communities.

The Goodman Foundation is a founding partner.

Community and community health

Paralympics Australia

Paralympics Australia help Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games through partnerships with governments, business, sporting bodies and the community.

The organisation is responsible for preparing the Australian Paralympic Summer and Winter Teams for the Paralympic Games, and is sending a team of 363 people to the Tokyo Paralympic Games this year.

As the Official Warehousing Logistics Supplier of Paralympics Australia and the Paralympics team, the Goodman Foundation has provided vital warehouse space to allow them to best prepare for the event.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Founded in 1945, Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides family-centred therapies and care to people living with cerebral palsy and their families, including early intervention, specialised assessments, therapy, aids and equipment, hydrotherapy, exercise and sport, and assistance with inclusion in school and the community. They respond to the changing needs of their clients based on the latest research, technology and therapies. 

Goodman Foundation has supported Cerebral Palsy Alliance for over 13 years. During that time, we have built a gymnasium in their North Ryde facility, raised funds every year in the 20/twenty event and became their global partner for Steptember, the world’s largest health and well-being charity event. 

The Goodman Foundation currently supports their Early Response Therapy for Babies at Risk of Cerebral Palsy program. 

The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation that has already restored sight to more than two million people across 25 countries around the world. They focus on blindness prevention and help train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers to create a sustainable system of care in communities that need it most. 

Their work is inspired by the late Professor Fred Hollows (1929-1993), an eye doctor, skilled surgeon, and a social justice activist who championed the right of all people to high quality affordable eye care and to good health.

Goodman is the founding partner of Fred Hollows in Hong Kong and supported the establishment of their office in this region. The Goodman Foundation has partnered with the Fred Hollows Foundation in China to deliver life changing eye health programmes to hundreds of thousands of people in northern China through specific projects implemented in the provinces of Gansu and Hebei.

The Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. They are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education.

The Goodman Foundation has supported their insight education programme which is delivered at schools across Australia to educate students on the signs and support mechanisms for youth that suffer anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges.

The Black Dog Institute and the Goodman Foundation have partnered to develop a leading-edge technology for at risk young people to identify undiagnosed or unsupported mental health issues when visiting a medical practice. Through this intervention together we hope to identify and treat young people to help address teenage suicide. 

Our watch

Our Watch is a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. They work to embed gender equality and prevent violence where Australians live, learn, work and socialise.

The Goodman Foundation has partnered with Our Watch and with this support, Our Watch will expand its services and create a business case for The Our Watch Institute. The Our Watch Institute will offer fee-for-service training, technical support, mentoring and capacity building. The vision is that the Our Watch Institute will use a social enterprise approach to equip Australians to lead the prevention of violence in their communities. 

Inba Gakusha

Japanese social inclusion organisation, Inba Gakusha, provides employment, transportation and home care to people with physical and intellectual disabilities in Chiba.
Recently, Inba Gakusha moved into a 131 sqm space in Goodman Business Park in Inzai City that is part art studio and part fresh produce store.
Goodman has been investing in Inba Gakusha for some years at the Business Park. Employees are paid a fair wage to maintain grass areas, provide catering and charge e-bike batteries. Meanwhile, Inba Gakusha’s handcrafted furniture and art is featured in lobbies and resting areas.
The Goodman Foundation is funding the space for three years to allow Inba Gakusha to continue to find independent income sources for people who may otherwise struggle to secure them

Goodman also supports the below charities