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We recently spoke with Harry Heyworth from the Goodman Family Foundation, one of Berry Street’s valued philanthropic partners. Harry has recently taken on the role of Director.

Could you tell us a little about the foundation and its history?

The Goodman Family Foundation was set up by my grandfather Peter Goodman. He established the foundation based on the philosophy of his mother, my great-grandmother, who was pivotal in the campaign to establish free kindergartens in Victoria.

They shared the belief that you can have the most impact through early intervention, trying to help the youngest and most disadvantaged. He often jokes that this reminds him of the old saying: “If you give me the boy, I can show you the man."

My cousin, Maddy, and I were brought into the foundation in 2019. My grandfather was interested in getting the younger generations involved to learn legal responsibilities around how to give, distribute funds, and so on.

How does the foundation decide on the continuation of support?

Grandpa has a talented mind for mechanics, and as a result, we take quite a systematic approach. With this data-driven outlook, we look at the numbers, keeping an eye out for evidence-based approaches and metrics we can rely on to ensure our impact goals are achieved.

What do you enjoy about philanthropy?

To see how programs are run, and how impact is made. It also brings me joy to know that I can continue the mission my Grandpa started.

Berry Street does a great job. It’s a privilege to see inside organisations like yours, and how our donations are reaching the people who need them most.

Harry Heyworth, Director, Goodman Family Foundation

How would you describe philanthropy in Australia?

Philanthropy in Australia is essentially about putting money towards programs that the government can’t or won’t fund, and filling the gaps to have an impact. My mentality is to see where there’s a problem with no solution, and then help make that solution happen.

What would you advise other young philanthropic decision-makers?

The first thing is to ask as many questions as you can, even if you think they’re obvious. Everyone is willing to help you when you start to get involved. Also, try and understand the decision-making process, between each step. At the end of the day, we are here to continue what the foundation believes in so that it keeps going. It’s our responsibility to come up with new strategies, but also to maintain the beliefs of the foundation.

What preconceptions do you think young people have about getting involved in a family foundation or philanthropy?

That it takes a lot of time, and as a young person, that might be concerning. However, there are ways to get involved in philanthropy that don’t take up too much time – you can still get involved without sacrificing your career.

Also, there’s sometimes a self-perception that they don’t have the skill set or knowledge to be involved in philanthropy and decision-making; whilst the decisions you’re making shouldn’t be made lightly, you can quickly build up the skills required.

Why is next-gen philanthropy important?

On a macro level, next-gen philanthropy is needed simply to continue the pattern of philanthropic giving. It’s needed to reinforce the behaviour of giving back and modelling this in the family and community.

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Berry Street is deeply grateful to our generous partners, like Harry and the Goodman Family Foundation, who help us to create impactful change for the children, young people, and families we work with. Your support enables us to deliver our purpose, providing vital services to those who need it the most.

If you're passionate about investing in a brighter future for Australians, please contact our Philanthropy team. We know that together, we can deliver transformative change.

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