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Goodman Foundation

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.

Our work with partner charities makes a tangible difference in 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 + 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.


In Australia

In Australia, 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.

Our partners


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 ,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.

Read more about OzHarvest

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides family-centered therapies and care to people living with cerebral palsy and their families. They respond to the changing needs of their clients based on the latest research, technology and therapies.

The Goodman Foundation is the global partner of Cerebral Palsy Alliance's leading annual fundraising initiative, Steptember. Steptember challenges the public and workplaces to take the equivalent of 10,000 steps a day as recommended by the World Health Organisation for a healthy life, throughout the month of September.

The Goodman team have participated in Steptember since 2014 . In 2018, the Goodman sponsored event raised over A$10 million globally to help fund life changing services and equipment for children and adults around the world living with cerebral palsy.

Throughout Steptember 2018, Goodman participants walked over 159 million steps and raised over A$230,000.

Read more about Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The Helmsman Project

The Helmsman Project (THP) is a unique programme designed to bring about long-term change and opportunity to students of low SES schools through an innovative and highly researched coaching psychology and adventure education programme.

The Goodman Foundation is a founding supporter of THP and has fully sponsored fundraising dinners to provide additional funding capacity. Our senior team members are regularly involved in volunteering within the organisation and championing this wonderful initiative. 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.

Read more about The Helmsman Project

The Bread and Butter Project

Created by Bourke Street Bakery, the Bread & Butter Project is an artisan bakery delivering handmade bread to Sydney's fine food purveyors. As a social enterprise, 100% of their profits are reinvested into baker training and employment pathways for communities in need. They empower members of Sydney's refugee community by providing a paid, 12-month training programme in baking.

The Goodman Foundation is a founding partner, providing capital to establish the charity with the purchase of their fleet of delivery trucks.

Read more  about The Bread and Butter Project


FareShare are a Melbourne based Food Rescue organisation.

The Goodman Foundation constructed a one acre charity garden for FareShare in 2016. The Kitchen Garden not only provides fresh vegetables to the tables of their clients, it also provides an opportunity for the local community to participate in the garden maintenance. Volunteers typically include school children and retirees. 

This project is an example of how we can enhance environments for the benefit of the local communities, through the provision of a beautiful and functional kitchen garden. We are able to optimise green space and bring fresh food to the tables of vulnerable communities.

Read more about FareShare

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.

Read more about The Black Dog Institute 

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.

Read more about Good360