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.
Charity organisations who help protect, nurture and support children or young people.
Charity organisations who reduce waste and support those in need by redistributing fresh food or useful items that would otherwise go to landfill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.