Goodman Foundation

Further together

Supporting the various stakeholder groups in the communities where we operate is fundamental for a business focused on long-term relationships and sustainable growth. Through our partnerships with a range of charity organisations, we’re able to make a real difference, where and when it matters most.

The impact of COVID-19 has intensified demand for the services of many of these groups. The Foundation has responded with an increased contribution in the areas of mental health, distribution of food and essential goods, vulnerable people and domestic violence.

How we help

The Goodman Foundation offers support to charities within three key areas: Children and youth, Community and community health and Food rescue and environment. Support can take the form of:

  • Cash grants — Provided to fund identified projects or needs over one to three years

  • Do good — Goodman team volunteering or fundraising for charities

  • Give back — Workplace giving schemes that match staff contributions dollar for dollar

  • In-kind — Donating our expertise, warehouse space or other critical items.


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The Goodman Foundation in New Zealand is a founding supporter of KiwiHarvest, a food rescue organisation that collects nutritious but perishable food destined for landfill. The rescued food is then redistributed to community agencies for those in need.

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New Zealand Food Network (NZFN)

The Goodman Foundation has also been proud to support the establishment of the New Zealand Food Network. Established during the COVID-19 pandemic the organisation is facilitating the efficient delivery of large volumes of surplus food through a national distribution network.

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New Zealand Heart Foundation

That’s How We Row was a fund-raising initiative of Mark Taylor, a manager with Dempsy Wood Civil Limited that raised $100,000 for the New Zealand Heart Foundation. The aim of the event held at the Auckland Rowing Club on 6 November 2020, was to raise awareness of heart disease while providing financial support for research and specialist cardiologist training.

Goodman’s team of rowers worked in relay and completed the 100km in just 6 hours and 22 minutes. With donations, fundraising and Goodman Foundation support the team contributed around $10,000 of the $100,000 that was raised.

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BrainTree is the name of the centre for community-based, holistic neurological care being developed on Langdons Road in Ōtautahi-Christchurch. It’s a wellbeing initiative of the Canterbury Brain Collective.

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Duffy Books in Homes

Recognising that children who can’t read often become adults who can’t write, led author Alan Duff to establish this nationwide reading initiative in 1994. Helping break the cycle of ‘booklessness’, more than 13 million books have been distributed with 700+ schools and education centres participating. The Goodman Foundation currently sponsors three South Auckland primary schools, with 1,200 students each receiving five new books a year.