Goodman Group pledges $5 million to bushfire recovery
Following the devastation of the bushfires that impacted Australia over the summer, the Goodman Foundation, has pledged $5 million for bushfire recovery efforts.
The Foundation kicked off distribution of the funds with a $750,000 donation to the NSW Farmers Natural Disaster Relief Fund, to support the bushfire recovery process for farmers in NSW. The funds initially helped provide fodder and water to farmers in the north east and south east bushfire affected regions.
They are now also being used to provide small financial grants to farmers who are located in bushfire diaster areas.
Long-term charity partner Good360 Australia, also received first round funding. As a founding partner, Goodman’s support has enabled the establishment of Good 360 Australia’s disaster recovery arm which provides a central distribution point that matches the needs of the communities with the right goods, at the right time, during all stages of disaster recovery.
The Foundation is currently evaluating additional projects. Jo Cameron, CEO of the Goodman Foundation explained, “We understand that it will take some time to effectively manage the lifecycle of this unprecedented disaster. Our initiatives will be focused on funding projects, that will provide tangible and sustainable benefits to the community, now and in the future.”
“We understand that it will take some time to effectively manage the lifecycle of this unprecedented disaster. Our initiatives will be focused on funding projects, that will provide tangible and sustainable benefits to the community, now and in the future.”
— Jo Cameron
CEO, Goodman Foundation
Response to COVID-19
In addition to assisting our customers during the pandemic, the Goodman Foundation is providing funding to charities who are helping vulnerable people by supplying food, clothing and other essential items, supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing, and assisting those who are confronted with domestic violence.
- OzHarvest, Australia, Second Harvest Foodbank, US and Kiwi Harvest, NZ
– to enhance ongoing assistance to feed those who are in need
- Good360, Australia
– helping match and provide disaster relief products
- The Raise Foundation, Australia
– helping to provide online mentoring to vulnerable school children
- Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Australia
– assisting to provide online therapy to over 400 families
- SOS Children’s Villages in France, Belgium and Germany
– to provide at home education
- Infirmiers De Rue (street nurses), Belgium
– to support the homeless.
Providing food for 420,000 people
In order to help provide meals to those who need it most, the Goodman Foundation, has increased its support of Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County during COVID-19.
The donation of funds and staff volunteering will be used to help provide food directly to county residents through distribution services located at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Through these efforts, Second Harvest and the Goodman Foundation are able to feed hundreds of thousands of individuals who have been impacted by the pandemic in an area that has recently seen significant job losses.
According to Second Harvest Food Bank, every dollar donated provides three meals, turning Goodman’s $140,000 donation into 420,000 meals for the local community in need.
“Goodman Group is a longstanding and valued partner in joint efforts to fight hunger in our community. Its support has included funding of innovative concepts like “Park-It Market”, a market on wheels for seniors on fixed incomes,” said Harald Herrmann, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County. “Goodman has taken a stance against hunger here in Orange County and globally, and we are grateful for our ongoing partnership.”