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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 + youth

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

Food rescue + 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.

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 programme. The Goodman Foundation then matches all employee contributions dollar for dollar.

Do good

The support and opportunities the Goodman Foundation provides under the Do Good programme 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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100 million meals

delivered by OzHarvest

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112,736 eye screenings

completed through the Fred Hollows' Xintang Project

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$50 million goods

collected by Good360

 

Charity partners

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 become their global partner for Steptember, the world’s largest health and well-being charity event.

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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. 

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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 1,300 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 over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 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.

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The Helmsman Project

The Goodman Foundation is a founding supporter of The Helmsman Project. Their innovative programme is designed to bring about long-term change and opportunity to students of low SES schools.  

The Helmsman Project programme has been developed on a foundation of evidence-based research in consultation with leaders in the fields of coaching, psychology and adventure education. The programme is designed to equip adolescents who are at risk of not fulfilling their potential with the life skills and broadened perspective necessary to set meaningful goals, overcome setbacks and persevere in the pursuit of their dreams.

With the benefit of Goodman Foundation’s long-term commitment for funding, The Helmsman Project was able to attract a research grant from the Australian Research Council which will facilitate the expansion of the research programme. The Goodman Foundation continues to fund the programme within several schools to ensure as many disadvantaged students as possible get the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Good360 Australia

Good360 is a matchmaker, connecting surplus goods from businesses with Australians who need them most. They help to repurpose items of value by ensuring other charities have access to surplus items, enabling them to save money, expand programmes and strengthen their impact. Good360 save millions of products that would otherwise contribute to landfill, helping reduce waste. Their training programmes also support the long term unemployed.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Invictus Games Sydney 2018

The Invictus Games are an international adaptive sports event for wounded and injured veteran service personnel. The Invictus Games highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country.
 
In October 2018 the Invictus Games came to Sydney, and Goodman was proud to be the Official Warehousing Logistics Supplier of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
 
Sydney hosted 491 competitors and 1,000 family and friends from 20-27 October. The Games featured competition in 11 sports with events held across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour.

Goodman was proud to be associated with this inspiring celebration of our veteran and active service people, promoting the healing power of sport in our community.

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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.

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SOS Children's Village

SOS Children’s Villages provides care and support programmes for children who can no longer grow up in their biological families. Located across 133 countries, they focus on building small family units with each child allocated an SOS mother, a team of educators and psychologists to support them in their upbringing. 

The Goodman Foundation has been in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages since 2013 providing funding for critical capital expenditure projects each year in SOS Children’s Village Homes across Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and Poland. The Goodman team visit the local homes to help implement the projects where possible which range from home renovations to landscaping and playground builds. Other times the purchase of transport or educational equipment is the best way for the Goodman Foundation to support a particular home. Whatever the need, the Goodman Foundation and the Goodman team are there to support the children living in the homes and villages.

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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.  

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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.

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Goodman also supports the below charities