Good Foundation Inc. is a small private Canadian foundation, started in 1974 by the late Milton and Verna Good It 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. Requests from these areas have an inside track. Foundation Members outside these two centres (Victoria, B.C., 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 full 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 grants seemingly outside our general parameters are best explained by specific member interest or connection.
Can I apply for a grant?
Yes, you can make a request to be considered if you have a project related to our core area and interests. It is possible by e-mail, to bring a project to the attention of Foundation members, particularly if your organization is based in the London or Waterloo regions of Ontario. 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.
Our primary focus is on one-time grants to support charitable organizations for particular projects, special opportunities, or non-recurring situations. Ideally, these can be covered by single payments in a given year—our “regular grants.”
A second level of grant is an extension of the above, but happens where the project is spread over a longer time or is too large for our annual budget. In these cases the payments are annualized—our “multi-year grants.”
A third type of grant has recently been identified—”repeating grants” for lack of a better term. We are formalizing a practice whereby certain organizations, whose primary needs are for operating funds, have been receiving recurring funding. Where a grant has been identified as “repeating” it means that the organization can count on a similar grant the next year with only the condition that its programs and services remain essentially the same as in the original grant year.* The intention is to help organizations budget, and to cut down on administrative requirements on our part and theirs. Every few years a “repeating grant” will come with the notice that a full examination will take place the following year, and that the renewal is not automatic, but unless that notice is included in the cheque letter, the grant will be automatically renewed the following year, but as a new grant. Please Note: Organizations receiving a repeating grant should still send us some kind of annual report and/or financial statement; otherwise, we will ask for a reapplication the following year, with no guarantee of renewal.
A final type of grant is a “special grant.” These grants occur outside our request framework, may occur at any time, and are often the result of a directed donation to the Foundation or a financial windfall for the Foundation. They may or may not be included as a part of our regular donation budget. Both “repeating grants” and “special grants” are entirely at the discretion of the Foundation’s Directors.
*Please note that the grant is still at the discretion of the Foundation Board. A failure to provide requested information or a failure to provide a timely receipt for a previous grant could result in the cancellation at any point of a repeating grant.
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
Vera M. Good
Anita M. Lahey
Verna I. Good ( . . . to 1976)
Eleanor High Good ( . . . to 2001)
Milton R. Good ( . . . to 2008)
Margaret B. Good ( . . to 2015)
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.