The Matthew Good Foundation
Matthew Good passed away on June 26th 2011 whilst running for charity. He was the Joint Managing Director and the 6th generation to work in the family business. John Good & Sons Ltd has been in business for over 175 years and is still family owned, with their core values driving it forward.
Following Matt’s death the Foundation will initially focus on research and education surrounding deaths and illness during endurance sports events.
The family company has made various charitable donations over time. However, in early 2011 the family decided to create something new; something ground breaking in the world of social enterprise. Matthew, along with the other members of the family working in the business, decided to create a Foundation. The family and Directors decided that the company has more to offer society than its core commercial activities and it is all our colleagues that form the company. It would allow employees working within the John Good group of companies, both the time and financial resources, to support charitable causes they are passionate about. John Good & Sons has guaranteed a % of profits annually to go to the Foundation.
Matthew was dedicated to the family business and everyone within it. The Foundation’s concept embodied his principles, values and commitment to the staff. Following Matt’s death it was only natural to name the Foundation after him.
Guided by our appreciation for the team who work in the John Good group of companies, the Matthew Good Foundation supports new charitable initiatives which colleagues are spearheading and existing charitable causes in which they volunteer” – Matthew Good Foundation Mission Statement (2011)
The Foundation was launched in July 2011 and will continue to operate in the way that Matthew and his family had already planned. The first project of the foundation will, however, be aimed at education and research into the issues surrounding his death.