About Us

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, 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, but you can make a request to be considered. All grants at this time are member sponsored, and final 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.


New Grant Types Identified

March 22, 2015

In an attempt to recognize what has been happening in practice, the Foundation is now formally identifying two types of grants that have in fact existed for some time. The first is the relatively common multi-year grant or continuing grant in which a sum is paid in annual installments over a specified number of years.

The second type is rarer and more recent, and is what we call a “repeating grant.” We have in fact been giving these to a number of organizations, but the practice has never been formalized. When a grant is designated as a “repeating grant” it means that the organization can count on a similar grant being awarded the following year. All that is required is the assurance from the organization that its program remains essentially the same as the one for which the initial grant was awarded. 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.

Repeating grants are made at the discretion of the Foundation and are usually based on what has been happening in practice. They are generally somewhat smaller than one-time grants for specific purposes, but offer the advantages of continuity and budget planning.

Grants For 2015-16

March 23, 2015:

The process of granting for 2015-16 is well along.  The funds available for this period are the usual approximately $300,000.  Of that amount, $246,500 has been assigned.  We have some older requests on which we have not yet made a decision and are waiting to put these in a context of requests we have been told to expect but have not yet received, or even other requests we have not anticipated. See the “Grants Made” page for an up-to-date listing of where funds have been directed so far.

Some time within the next month or so we will be making decisions for the remaining $53,500 on the basis of the requests we have in front of us.  We do not have strict deadlines, but as we identify projects we would like to support the available funds dwindle until finally there is nothing left for even a most desirable project . . . and it must wait until next year.  The later your request comes in the more competition there is for what funds remain.

Finally, be aware that we are a small foundation and do focus on arts, culture and heritage. We still get many requests from medical and social services groups that deserve support,  but are outside the range of what is possible for us.


Grants For 2014-15

Granting for 2014-15 has now concluded with $299,100 of our approximately $300,000 objective having been assigned.  A “Special Grant” for $100,000 was made to Western University making the total funding for 2014-15 $399,100.   Special Grants are from windfall or flow-through funding and do not normally affect our regular distributions.


New  “Good Foundation Theatre” in Downtown London

Fanshawe College Foundation has today, March 21st, 2014, issued a press release regarding a grant from Good Foundation Inc. for $500,000 towards its “Centre for Digital and Performance Arts” in downtown London.  The theatre in this complex will be known as the “Good Foundation Theatre.”  Fanshawe News release-CDPA grand opening.pdf.

This year’s Fanshawe College Theatre Arts Graduating Class has presented the first major production in the Good Foundation Theatre, and the link here is to The London Free Press listing of this event.     The London Community News covered the building’s opening.   The following is another link to announcement coverage.


[This website is always in progress and the links keep being revised.]

Granting Procedure

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. 


For the past few years, in order to keep the workload  manageable without any professional staff, the Foundation begins in January to assemble items for possible Board consideration and starts to make its decisions based on materials circulated electronically to members.  This process continues until the funds available for the year are gone.  Cheques for grants made can start being issued after April 1st, the beginning of our fiscal year.  For the past several years, all funds have been assigned by late May, and the Foundation essentially closes up for the remainder of the calendar year.  While we can file requests received afterwards in our “next year list,” (now 2015), requests received in June through December often seem dated and disadvantaged in the context of the newer requests appearing while active consideration is underway.

The Foundation does not have a specific deadline for requests, and the status of its proceedings can be  monitored through the “News” section of this website which we try to keep up to date.

  • All grants are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors which will consider any application sponsored by a member of the Foundation.
  • Grants are given to organizations and causes in which members have some interest and involvement.  A member can declare an interest in a cause or organization and that organization will be invited to outline its project and supply the necessary documentation for an application to be presented to the Directors.
  • No unsponsored applications will be presented to the Board.  However, there is still a way to make your cause known to the Foundation. See the box below.


If you have a project or cause you think might fit with the Foundation’s mission and the recent focuses and interests  of its members, you may contact us through our  e-mail address and explain, either in the e-mail or in an attachment (preferably a pdf file), why this project might be a fit.  If it does meet our general criteria, the information will be circulated to members, any one of whom may decide to sponsor the application to the Board. You will probably be asked for more information if the request does go forward, although going forward is no guarantee in itself of receiving a grant.  We get many more worthy and reasonable requests than we accommodate.

If and when the Foundation agrees to accept an application, click on “Application Requirements” on the side bar.

The Foundation must file annually with the CRA, a filing which includes receipts (with the appropriate charitable number) for all donations it has made during the past year.  The CRA will also accept from us receipts from regional municipalities as listed on their website.  We will not consider further requests from any organization that has failed to provide us with a proper followup and timely receipt for a received grant.


Requests for consideration will not be accepted from the following organizations because proper followup was not provided for past grants:

  • Get Active Now (Waterloo Region) #371
  • London & Area Food Bank (London) #401
  • Theatre & Company (Kitchener) #471

If you think your organization should not be on this list, please get in touch.


Need to Know

This page is rather boring, but going through it carefully can save you and us time and effort.  If you are considering making a request to Good Foundation Inc. (GFI) you should be aware of the following:
  • GFI can grant only to organizations who can issue charitable receipts acceptable to the Canada Revenue Agency, although these are not necessarily identical to tax receipts given to individual donors.  Receipts from other government agencies may also be acceptable. Individuals must be sponsored by or work through such organizations or agencies so that proper receipts can be issued. (For CRA definition, click here.)
  •  Organizations that have not provided proper followup for past grants will not be considered. (For a list of ineligible organizations so the bottom of the “Granting Procedure” page.)
  •  GFI’s focus is highly regional. Chances of interesting members in local projects outside of the London and Waterloo regions in Ontario are slim. Provincial, national, and international grants are possible, but have been done mainly through organizations which have a regional presence, or in cases where members have a direct connection to the organization or project.
  •  Support for one-time events or projects is more likely than requests for on-going operating funding leading to annual requests. We do recognize that some worthwhile endeavours require only annual operating funds and we will sometimes consider one-time multi-year requests, but not on-going annual commitments to operating budgets.
  •  GFI does not support disease or condition specific medical organizations, worthy as they may be.
  •  Conventions, conferences, seminars and deficits are not normally supported.
  •  GFI does not normally contribute to endowment funds unless the fund has been initiated by the Foundation or its members or it is in support of a project we have funded.
  •  Although the charter of the Foundation speaks of grants for “charitable, religious, and educations purposes,” in practice, the Foundation records its grants under the following categories: Arts; Education; Health; Heritage; and Social Services. For various reasons, our focus is now more on Arts, Culture, and Heritage.  NB: The Foundation has never granted funds for specifically religious purposes, although in many instances religious organizations have proved the best vehicles for furthering social, heritage, or artistic projects.
  • GFI has made grants from $200 to $500,000 but requests at either end of that spectrum are neither practical (low end) nor realistic (high end).  Particularly at the upper end, the  grants were dictated by very special circumstances.  Check carefully the “Grants Made”  recent sections for a sense of what the Foundation is currently doing.
  •  E-Mail is the best means of contact since regular mail sometimes accumulates at the London address when nobody is home.  All items circulated are through digital means, so it is easiest when they arrive that way. . The Foundation’s answering machine goes unchecked when the family is not in residence.
  •  GFI’s fiscal year is April 1 to March 31; it is significant because funds become available on April 1 and are assigned and distributed until disbursement quotas are reached. NB:  We are now (October, 2014)  finished with the selection of projects for 2014-15 with $299,100 of the approximately $300,000 committed. 
  • GFI would be defined as a “small” (under $10,000,000) private foundation. It now distributes up to $300,000 a year, far less that the opportunities it recognizes and the requests it receives.

Application Requirements

This material is required for a full application, not for a preliminary request. You do not need to provide detailed information–nor will it be distributed to Members–unless you have been invited to submit a full application.

The intent of this two-step process is to cut down on the work for your organization and ours.

If you are a first-time applicant, then these areas should be covered. If you have received previous grants and the Foundation is familiar with your operations you can take shortcuts–e.g. neither Western University nor Conrad Grebel University College need submit full audited financial statements or Board names.  The financial arrangements for the particular project should still be clear.


Full Application Materials

  • a brief description of the organization’s history and objectives, although this can be minimized for organizations known to us
  • the purpose of the grant and the aims of the project
  • a financial budget for the project showing expected sources of funds and items of expense
  • a copy of the organization’s most recent financial statements, audited where possible
  • the membership of the Board of Directors and a list of officers
Most convenient for us is electronic submission through files attached to our e-mail: good_foundation@rogers.com. In fact, technically we accept only electronic submissions and only rarely respond through regular mail. We appreciate pdf files (Adobe) wherever possible since is that is how our members share material, but we can convert other files to that format if necessary.

Grants Made



Since its 1974 beginnings and now well into its granting for the 41st fiscal year, the Foundation has made 556 grants amounting to $5,109,992 of which $572,000 remains outstanding.

The median of the 556  grants so far is $2,500, and the average is $9,027. However, of the grants made since 2001, the median is $5,000, and the average is $15,106–but the averages are skewed by three or four larger grants.

Our fiscal year is April 1st to March 31st and most grants are awarded in the first part of the fiscal year. Thus, “2012 Grants,” for example, lists grants for the 2012-13 fiscal year, but all grants were in fact made in 2012.

2015 Grants

  • K-W Symphony [repeating $5,500]
  • DaCapo Chamber Choir (Waterloo) [repeating, $5,000]
  • Coastal Discovery Centre, Main-à-Dieu, NS [repeating, $5,500]
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada [repeating. $1,500]
  • Conrad Grebel University College [continuing, 5/5, $100,000]
  • Fanshawe College -”Good Foundation Theatre” [continuing, 2/10, $50,000]
  • Wilfred Laurier University Faculty of Education [continuing, 2/2, $10,000]
  • Stratford Shakespearean Festival [continuing, 3/3, $10,000]
  • Stratford Summer Music [continuing, 2/2, $2,000]
  • Sweetwater Music Festival – Owen Sound [$1,500]
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery – Waterloo [$15,000]
  • Museum London (for Bealart & new shared gallery) [$10,000]
  • Night/Shift – Waterloo [$5,000]
  • Numus – Waterloo Region [$5,000]
  • Museum of Ontario Archeology [$3,000]
  • Driftwood Theatre Group [$1,500]
  • K-W Little Theatre [$6,000]
  • Port Stanley Festival Theatre [$10,000]

[Total of Funds Committed to date for 2015: $246,500 out of approximately $300,000 ]


2014 Grants

  • Orchestra London  [$5,000]
  • Conrad Grebel University College [continuing]
  • K-W Symphony  [$5,000]
  • The ARTS Project – Hyatt Fund (London)
  • Fanshawe College -”Good Foundation Theatre” [continuing]
  • Brassroots (London)  [$6,500]
  • Shalom Counselling Services [$20,000]
  • St.Joseph’s Hospice (London) [$15,000]
  • Wilfred Laurier University Faculty of Education [$20,000 over 2 years]
  • Music and Opera Association (Stratford)
  • DaCapo Chamber Choir (Waterloo)
  • Stratford Summer Music
  • The Grand Theatre (London)  [$15,000]
  • High Park Nature Centre [$3,600]
  • London Fringe Theatre Festival [$5,000]
  • Western University – Alice Munro Chair
  • INNERchamber-Stratford
  • Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association
  • Al Purdy A-frame Association [$5,000]
  • K-W Chamber Music Society [$2,000]
  • Pacific Opera Victoria [continuing]
  • Stratford Shakespearean Festival [continuing]
  • Coastal Discovery Centre, Main-à-Dieu, NS [continuing]
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • Western University – Special Grant ($100,000)

[Total of Funds Committed for 2014: $299,100. A "Special Grant" has raised the total distributions for the year to $399,100.]

2013 Grants

  • Orchestra London  [$5,000]
  • Conrad Grebel University College [continuing]
  • K-W Symphony  [$5,000]
  • Inter Arts Matrix, Signature Project
  • Stratford Shakespearean Festival  [$30,000 over 3 years]
  • Secrets of Radar Museum, London [$10,000]
  • The New Quarterly,  Waterloo  [$4,900]
  • Forest City Gallery, London [$10,000]
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery [$12,000]
  • Pacific Opera Victoria
  • London Public Library – Glanworth Project [$10,000]
  • Lost & Found Theatre [$3,000]
  • Menno Youth Singers [$500]
  • Fanshawe College – Theatre Production Facility [multiple years]
  • Canada Conservatory [$7,400]
  • INNERchamber – Stratford [$3,000]
  • High Park Nature Centre [$3,600]
  • Project Bookmark Canada [$4,600]
  • Coastal Discovery Centre, Main-à-Dieu, NS [continuing]
  • Stratford Summer Music [continuing]
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada

[Total of Grants Paid for 2013: $297,500]

2012 Grants

  • Toronto Operetta Theatre – Taptoo! Production
  • Conrad Grebel University College [continuing]
  • Pacific Opera Victoria
  • The Malahat Review – East Coast Issue [$3,000]
  • The Fiddlehead – West Coast Issue [$3,000]
  • K-W Symphony Orchestra [$5,000]
  • The London Fringe Festival [$10,000]
  • Home County Folk League
  • Thames Valley Education Foundation – Honour Jazz Band
  • Silver Lake Camp
  • Strathroy Middlesex Museum – Sir Arthur Currie Project [$2,500]
  • St. Peter’s Seminary – History Project [$2,000]
  • Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) – Pakistan
  • Tom Thomson Art Gallery – Co-op Program with Western University [$15,000]
  • Museum London – The Embassy Cultural House Exhibition
  • K-W Couselling Services – Coalition of Muslim Women
  • K-W Art Gallery [$20,000]
  • K-W Chamber Music Society  [$5,000]
  • Menno Youth Singers
  • Waterloo Region Museum – First Peoples Day [$2,500]
  • Ontario Band Association
  • Municipality of Morris-Turnberry–History Project
  • Coastal Discovery Centre,  Main-à-Dieu, NS
  • Migrant Worker Community Program-Leamington
  • Camp McGovern Capital Campaign
  • Orchestra London [$5,000]
  • Mennonite Historical Society of Canada-GAMEO Project [3,000]
  • Lost & Found Theatre, K-W
  • Stratford Summer Music [continuing]
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • Viola Good International Scholarship: Goshen College [$100,000]

[Total of Annual Grants Paid: $293,500]

2011 Grants

  • Conrad Grebel University College (5 Years) [$500,000]
  • Stratford Summer Music (3 years) [$6,000]
  • K-W Counselling Services [$2,000]
  • Township of Wilmot–Castle Kilbride History
  • Queen of Puddings Music Theatre–Svadba Production
  • Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association [$10,000]
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery [$7,500]
  • K-W Symphony Orchestra [$5,000]
  • Arcady
  • Centre in the Square – Community Ticket Program
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited – Cornerstone Project
  • Conservatory Canada [$7,000]
  • Lost & Found Theatre
  • London Museum School Program [$1,500]
  • Drayton Entertainment [$5,000]
  • Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada

[Total of Grants Paid: $243,500]

2010 Grants

  • Al Purdy A-frame Trust (2 Years)
  • FreeSchool World Literacy [$5,000]
  • Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival
  • The Grand Theatre, London [$20,000]
  • Heritage London Foundation [$15,000]
  • The Jason Edmonds Foundation [$1,250]
  • K-W Symphony Orchestra [$5,000]
  • London Regional Children’s Museum (2-year) [$25,000]
  • Lost & Found Theatre, Kitchener–Waterloo [$5,000]
  • Mennonite Historical Society of Canada
  • Operation Walk – Guatemala Project (2-year)
  • Pacific Opera Victoria (2-year) [$25,000]
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • Thames Valley Children’s Centre [$2,000]
  • University of Western Ontario

[Total of Grants Paid: $221,750]

2009 Grants

  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Parkwood Mennonite Home
  • Orchestra London (3-year) [$30,000]
  • Grand River Conservation Foundation – Snyder’s Flats (2-year) [$25,000]
  • FIDA (Haitian Project) [$20,000]
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village (Proof Line Tollgate) [$25,000]
  • The Arts Project (London – Building Renovation) [$15,000]
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society SOLRS (2-year)
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • London Potters Guild (2-year) [$15,000]
  • McMichael Gallery [$5,000]
  • London Arts Council
  • Silver Lake Camp
  • Tillsonburg Parkland Trust

[Total of Annual Grants Paid: $202,000]

2008 Grants

  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery [$15,000]
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • DaCapo Chamber Choir (3-year grant)
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • K-W Symphony Orchestra [$25,000]
  • K-W YWCA (Mary’s Place) [$5,000]
  • London Arts Council
  • MEDA (Pakistan Project) [$5,000]
  • Museum London
  • Museum London Foundation
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • RCR Museum Capital Campaign [$5,000]
  • Stephen Lewis Foundation (African Aids) [$25,000]
  • University of Western Ontario (Davenport Theatre & Faculty of Music) [$27,000]

[Total of Annual Grants Paid: $192,500]

2007 Grants

  • Arcady (Norfolk Singers) [$1,000]
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
  • Children’s Health Foundation (London)
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Encore, The Concert Band (London) [$1,500]
  • Fanshawe Chorus [$1,000]
  • Grand River Conservation Foundation
  • Hospice of Waterloo Region [$12,000]
  • Independent Living Centre, Waterloo Region
  • K-W Art Gallery
  • K-W Working Centre (Staebler Project) [$10,375]
  • London and Area Food Bank [$25,000]
  • Orchestra London
  • Palace Theatre (London) [$10,000]
  • Parkwood Mennonite Home
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • Rare Charitable Research Reserve
  • ROOF, K-W
  • SARI Therapeutic Riding (London) [$10,000]
  • Thames Valley Children’s Centre
  • Theatre & Company (Kitchener)
  • The Registry Theatre (Kitchener)
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Ventures Drum and Bugle Corps Inc.
  • Vincent Guerrero Mission, Baja, Mexico

[Total of Annual Grants Paid: $235,040]

2006 Grants

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of K-W [$5,425]
  • Big Sisters, London
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery [12,000]
  • Community Justice Initiatives, Waterloo Region
  • Conflict Resolution Network
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Detweiler Meeting House
  • King’s College Foundation (Library)
  • K-W Multicultural Centre
  • London International Children’s Festival
  • Lutherwood Foundation
  • Menno Youth Singers [$2,000]
  • Museum London Foundation
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • University of Waterloo (UWIDA)

[Total of Paid Grant: $202,040]

2005 Grants

  • Active Living Resource Centre (Kitchener)
  • Arcady (Norfolk Singers)
  • Boys’ & Girls’ Club (London)
  • Brescia College (UWO)
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Child Witness Centre (Waterloo)
  • Gallery Stratford
  • Homer Watson House [$10,000]
  • Hospice of Waterloo Region
  • K-W Art Gallery
  • K-W Multicultural Centre
  • Mennonite Central Committee (Tsunami Relief)
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • Pride Stables Developmental Riding Program (K-W)
  • YMCA of K-W

[Total of  Annual Grants: $221,995]

Total Grant Information to March 31, 2015


For inquiries or to bring your project to the attention of the Foundation, contact the President, James (Jim) Good, at the following e-mail address. Or, you may contact any other member of the Foundation, should you be acquainted with him or her, in order to bring your request to the attention of our organization.

Good Foundation Inc.

#603 – 250 Sydenham Street

London,  ON     N6A 5S1


E-Mail:    good_foundation@rogers.com

Phone:    519.679.1906





GFI Logo

Should you have occasion to refer to the Foundation in print or on the web, the correct legal name is “Good Foundation Inc.”   We do have a logo in various forms. The full “logo plus” gives not only the the Foundation name but refers to the founders and the date established. It works in situations where the size is large enough to permits the details to be seen.   The second version is the Foundation’s legal name and is equally acceptable and often easier to insert.  Both version are in black and white and colour, in large and medium “.tiff” files, and in small “jpg” files usually big enough for web listings. There are also  .ESP files for each which, according to the designer is a, “scalable vector format – good if you needed to ever produce something large like a banner.”  He adds that “the EPS is basically the ‘master copy’ from which other sizes should be made if you want to do it yourself.”

To download a particular file click on its description for the link.








There is also a small inverse image which can be copied and pasted:



The logo was designed in 2010 by Jeff Kulak. It alludes to the 1950′s and ’60′s corporate signature of H. Boehmer and Company Ltd., the core business of Milton R. Good, the Foundation’s founder and principal funder.