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Goodman Foundation

The Goodman Foundation is an initiative of the Manager that brings people and resources together to address disadvantage in our communities. By partnering with like-minded organisations and funding projects with clearly defined timelines and outcomes, we’re making a tangible and sustainable difference to people’s lives.

How we help 

We focus on providing support where it’s needed most in the areas of children and youth, community and community health, food rescue and the environment. Responding to the immediate needs of our communities through the recent extreme weather events made disaster relief another significant part of our programme this year.

Our support is offered in four different ways:

  • Cash grants — Funding for projects with defined outcomes (usually over one to three years) that enable our partners to achieve scale, making a more tangible impact.
  • Give back — Workplace giving schemes that match payroll contributions and other donations from Goodman people. It includes a select group of charities with close connections to our team.
  • Do good — Goodman people fundraising or volunteering for charities. Around $5,000 was raised over the last 12 months with over 300 volunteering hours also completed.
  • In-kind — Donations of our expertise, space, office furniture, computers and other critical items that provide our partners with the tools they need to succeed.

The Goodman Foundation has been supporting New Zealand communities for well over 10 years.

During this time the charitable organisation has provided over $2 million of financial assistance to its community partners. These organisations share the same values and are delivering initiatives that improve the wellbeing and social outcomes of those living in the neighbourhoods where Goodman invests.

Acknowledging the devastating impacts of the extreme weather across the North Island during January and February 2023, the Goodman Foundation has extended its community support.

An additional $100,000 in funding has been provided to KiwiHarvest, OrangeSky and the Red Cross in response to the hardship and displacement caused by the Auckland Anniversary floods and Cyclone Gabrielle.

The financial support will allow these organisations to extend their services, helping with the immediate need and ongoing recovery of the affected communities.

Goodman team members are also contributing directly with individual donations being matched by the Goodman Foundation.


As New Zealand’s leading food rescue organisation, KiwiHarvest is on track to double the volume of food it collects and redistributes by 2025.

With local services operating in Auckland, Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill, KiwiHarvest collects nutritious but perishable food destined for landfill and redistributes it to those in need through foodbanks and other community agencies.

In a year when fruit and vegetables prices increased 23%, making them unattainable to our most vulnerable, KiwiHarvest redistributed a record 2.0 million kgs of food. Around 12% more than previous year and equivalent to over 5.74 million meals, it included surplus produce, protein, mislabelled goods, cleaning products and grocery items approaching expiry.

Responding to the acute need in our communities in early 2023, the organisation acted quickly, with essential deliveries of food, hygiene, and cleaning supplies to the storm damaged and isolated areas of Northland, West Auckland, and Hawke’s Bay.

A founding partner, the Goodman Foundation has been a supporter of KiwiHarvest since 2015. This support includes regular volunteering, with Goodman people encouraged to help in the warehouse, processing and packing produce and other food items for distribution.

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Orange Sky

Orange Sky offers a unique service that supports those in our community dealing with homelessness. The charity provides mobile laundry and shower services in a safe and positive environment for some of the 41,000 Kiwis struggling without a permanent home.

With five custom vehicles, Orange Sky provides services in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

For people who often feel disconnected from their community, the service offers a chance to refresh, while also making a human connection with the volunteers that support the initiative.

The Goodman Foundation has sponsored Orange Sky since 2021 and has increased its contribution this year to help meet the additional demands on the organisation’s recovery support role in the aftermath of the Auckland Anniversary floods and Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Duffy Books in Homes

Duffy Books in Homes is a literacy programme aimed at breaking the cycle of booklessness in our communities.

The nationwide reading initiative was established in 1994 by author Alan Duff. Duff recognised that children who can’t read face a lifetime of disadvantage and created a programme to encourage reading at home by gifting books.

Over 100,000 Kiwi kids now benefit from five free books every year, with more than 14 million books being distributed since the programme began almost 30 years ago.

There are 700 schools and early childhood centres participating, with the Goodman Foundation a Duffy sponsor of three South Auckland primary schools. The three schools have a combined roll of around 1,300 students, they include:

+ Fairburn School, Ōtāhuhu
+ Sir Edmund Hillary Junior School, Ōtara
+ Wiri Central School, Wiri

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Tania Dalton Foundation

The Tania Dalton Foundation (TDF) helps gifted young New Zealanders unlock their sporting talent and become their best selves. TDF awards 12 scholarships a year and provides mentoring support and personal development opportunities to the recipients over the course of the three-year programme.

A wider goal of the TDF is to engage with thousands of young people across the country through a range of initiatives, all aimed at making a positive and measurable impact on their lives.

The Goodman Foundation is a scholarship partner, providing financial support that helps a talented young person pursue their sporting ambitions.

Luisa Togotogorua is the current Goodman Foundation funded scholarship recipient. In the final year of the scholarship programme the former Howick College student continues to pursue her professional rugby ambitions while working full time.

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Keystone Trust

The Keystone Trust is focused on promoting opportunities and lifting the participation of young people in the New Zealand property industry.

A Keystone Trust scholarship recipient, Alex graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology three years ago with a Bachelor of Construction degree. She was an outstanding scholar, being awarded the top overall student in her final year of study and nominated to represent her university at the ArchEngBuild Challenge in 2020.

There were 12 Keystone Trust scholarships awarded in 2022 (first year students), lifting the current number of students on the programme to over 50.

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Kotahi Rau Pukapuka Trust

Established in October 2019, Kotahi Rau Pukapuka Trust is promoting the use of te reo Māori through the publication of a series of original stories and translations of other great books.

The goal is to produce one hundred books in te reo Māori, growing a love for the language.

The Kotahi Rau Pukapuka kaupapa is founded on the belief that quality literature in te reo Māori is a critical support for whānau and communities engaged in language revitalisation. The initiative is also expected to feed the literary appetites of Māori language speakers and help to nurture generations of future Māori writers.

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