Good Foundation Inc. is a small private Canadian foundation, started in 1974 by the late Milton and Verna Good, that distributes funds to charitable organizations in the communities of which family members are a part.
The roots of the Foundation are in the Waterloo Region and the family now resides there and in London, Ontario, Canada, and requests from these areas have an inside track. Foundation Members outside these two centres (Toronto, for example) largely self identify opportunities. However, “communities” can be more then geographically based entities and members have pursued both provincially and nationally areas of specific interest.
What We Support
Our original mandate is quite broad in its direction to support and enrich the communities in which the Foundation’s members are involved. In its early years, it tried to spread its grants evenly over the categories of arts and culture, health, social services, research and publication, and education. More recently demands have been such that we have narrowed our focus primarily to arts and culture with more or less token grants outside these areas. Worthy requests from the health care sector in particular became quite overwhelming, and for well over a decade we have not considered annual and on-going appeals from disease and condition-specific organizations. The Foundation is quite public about its distributions and our granting history is available on our “Grants Made” page here. Reviewing our more recent grants is probably the best way to get a sense of what we support, keeping in mind that those seemingly outside our general parameters are best explained by specific member interest or connection.
Can I apply for a grant?
Strictly speaking, no. All grants at this time are member initiated or sponsored, and applications are by invitation only. That said, it is possible, by e-mail, to bring a project to the attention of Foundation members, particularly if your organization is London or Waterloo, Ontario, focused. Click on “Granting Procedure” in the side bar for these details.
Please Note: Before bringing any project to the attention of the Foundation, please check that you are a “Qualified Donee ” (Click Here). We have no ability to award funds outside of these government regulations.
Preferred Means of Communication
The Foundation communicates through e-mail, and supplementary documentation can be submitted with attached files, preferably pdf files which are easy to forward to members. Regular mail submissions are awkward for us because all material has to be reprocessed digitally for distribution. Regular mail submissions with no attached digital addresses will usually be ignored.
James Milton Good
John R. Good
Eva M. Good
Thomas M. Good
James Martin Good
Margaret B. Good
Vera M. Good
Anita M. Lahey
Verna I. Good ( . . . to 1976)
Eleanor High Good ( . . . to 2001)
Milton R. Good ( . . . to 2008)
President: James Milton Good
Vice-President: John R. Good
Secretary/ Treasurer: Eva M. Good
Director: Thomas M. Good
Director: James Martin Good
Director: Anita M. Lahey
The Foundation has no professional staff and operates through the voluntary efforts of family members.