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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.

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.

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.

These three pillars are supported by our employee engagement and emergency response programs.

Children and youth

Children and youth

Charity organisations in the children and youth space help protect, nurture and support children or young people.

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. 

Read more about Raise Foundation

Stepping Stone House, Australia

Addressing youth homelessness 

About 45,000 young people in Australia are homeless with many having a background of trauma. To address this issue, the Goodman Foundation has partnered with Stepping Stone House, which provides safe places for children and young people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.  

Programs help them begin to heal, build resilience and become the best they can be, while providing long-term accommodation and support until they are 24 years old.

This people-centred approach has already helped over 450 young people become independent adults. The educational outcomes alone are significant, with graduates having school attendance rates of 87%. They also have 100% employment rates on graduation from the program.

The Foundation, a long-term partner of Stepping Stone House, supports the organisation in a number of ways, including multi-year funding support for its Bawaga Indigenous program through the employment of Indigenous support workers for the home. 

Goodman also helps with a Community Hub housed within a Goodman site in Sydney’s Alexandria. The Hub is home to activities, as well as a safe place for the Stepping Stone community to meet outside the residential houses.

Goodman’s cars are also used to help residents learn to drive, and we’re a major partner of its key Sleeping Under the Stars fundraiser.

Clontarf Foundation, Australia

Closing the education gap for Indigenous boys

The Clontarf Foundation founded in 2000, aims to help close the gap for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys. Today, the organisation partners with 152 schools across Australia, to help improve school attendance and graduation rates for over 10,400 at-risk teenage boys.

The Goodman Foundation supports five academies in NSW and Victoria enabling over 270 First Nations students to participate in the holistic program which focuses on education, leadership, employment, health and wellbeing.

Participants in Clontarf’s programs experience a wide variety of activities, environments and social settings to help broaden their thinking about life’s possibilities and their future.

In partnership with teachers, parents and each community, local staff work as mentors. They also assist graduates to find employment or help them transition into further study or training.

Read more about our partnership with Clontarf Foundation.

Bestest Foundation

Since 2012, 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.

Community and community health

Community and community health

Charity organisations in the community and community health space support those living with a condition, illness or disability. Or their efforts help to create a more inclusive and equitable community.

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.

Read more about Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Our Watch, Australia

Ending violence against women 

Violence against women is a serious problem globally. In Australia, on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. Our Watch, an Australian organisation that works to prevent violence against women and their children, has undertaken evidence-based research which demonstrates gender inequality is at the heart of the problem for violence against women. Our Watch works to embed gender equality and prevent violence where Australians live, learn, work and socialise.

To expand the reach of its services and effect real change across the country, Our Watch is partnering with the Goodman Foundation to establish the Our Watch Institute. The Institute’s mission is to inspire and support Australians to end violence against women by doing their part to promote gender equality. Through training and practical tools, individuals and organisations will be equipped to lead prevention work in their own workplaces, communities and spheres of influence.

The Goodman Foundation has committed $1 million towards the establishment and launch of the Institute and will commit a further $700,000 over the coming years to assist the operations which will first focus on corporate Australia. Over time we plan for the Institute to inspire and support organisations, workplaces, education institutions and sporting clubs to collectively put an end to domestic violence in Australia.

The Bread & 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 program 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

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 program 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 

Food rescue and environment

Food rescue and environment

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

Oz Harvest, Australia

Providing food relief and reducing food waste

The Goodman Foundation has been a founding partner of OzHarvest since it began in 2004.  Our wide-ranging support of Australia’s leading food rescue organisation includes  operational assistance, funds for disaster relief and project specific funding that helps OzHarvest scale its impact.

Committed to halving food waste by 2030, OzHarvest works with more than 1,800 charities around Australia to deliver delicious, nutritious food to charities across Australia that feed those in need.

The latest OzHarvest initiative the Foundation has supported is the establishment of a unique social enterprise initiative - OzHarvest’s community space, Refettorio OzHarvest Sydney. This social impact collaboration between OzHarvest and one of the world’s leading culinary figures, chef Massimo Bottura and his charity Food for Soul., was an Australian first. The Refettorio is a physical, zero-waste space designed as a community hub to inspire and empower human potential. By day, Refettorio OzHarvest Sydney (on Crown Street in Surry Hills) opens its doors to the most vulnerable people in the local community, providing a gourmet nourishing meal and a place to connect in a dignified restaurant environment. By night OzHarvest uses the space to host paying customers to support its charitable operations. 

Refettorio, Sydney, Australia. Photo credit Nikki To.

FareShare, Australia

Providing nutritious meals for people in need

FareShare operates charity kitchens in Melbourne and Brisbane, transforming quality rescued and donated food, together with vegetables in its own kitchen gardens, into millions of delicious of healthy meals for people who are struggling to put food on the table. Together with Moorabbin Airport Corporation, Goodman Foundation has supported FareShare since 2016, providing a 3,000 sqm kitchen garden on airport land. Our team  also actively volunteers with harvesting produce and maintaining the garden.

In addition, the Foundation provides multi-year funding for a farmhand on FareShare’s Baguley farm site. The support will help the charity harvest nearly 100,000kg of vegetables a year from this location.

The Foundation has also invested to scale up a new program by FareShare called Meals for the Mob. The program provides healthy meals – cooked by First Nations peoples for First Nations peoples – and transports them to remote communities. Our multi-year funding employs a chef to oversee the program, empowering Meals for the Mob to expand.

Read more about our partnership with FareShare.

Good360, Australia

Repurposing surplus brand new goods to those in need

Good360 connects surplus goods from businesses with charities, schools and Australians who need them most. Good360 allows charities to get the right goods to the right people, at the right time. In addition to helping charities all year round, Good360 works to help communities impacted by disaster – at the outset and long into the recovery phase. 

As a founding partner of Good360 in Australia, 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.

Goodman Foundation continue to provide cash grants for Good360’s annual operational costs and remains a close partner.

Thread Together, Australia

Redistributing fashion excess to communities in need

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 works with 1,000 brands and retailers nationally, providing new clothing to those experiencing homelessness, escaping domestic violence, or surviving natural disasters.

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. With our support, Thread Together expanded its operations into flood-affected communities and launched its Wardrobe and Capsule service - a initiative to install over 100 wardrobes into women’s refuges across the country. The service will allow women and children escaping domestic violence to get new clothing and sleepwear when they access crisis accommodation.