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Goodman Foundation

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 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.

Our support includes, cash grants, volunteering, payroll gifting and in-kind programmes.  

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. 

View our Goodman Foundation Annual Report 2021


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. Founded by Deborah Manning in 2012, and now with facilities in Auckland, the North Shore, Dunedin and Queenstown, the service collected and redistributed 2.2 million kgs of food over the 12 months to 31 March 2021. 

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New Zealand Food Network

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. 

The new distribution facility for NZFN is located at Highbrook Business Park adjacent to the KiwiHarvest premises on Underwood Street. The organisation has taken a three-year lease over the property with the Goodman Foundation making a financial contribution toward racking, warehouse equipment and office fit out costs.

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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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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. 

Goodman is proud to have been a Duffy supporter for over 10 years. Providing Kiwi kids with books that inspire a lifelong love of reading stimulates learning and helps them achieve their potential.

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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. 

The $6.3 million project has been funded through charitable donations from corporate and private donors together with a public fundraising campaign. The Goodman Foundation is proud to be one of the first corporate contributors. 

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