Supporting small charitable organisations to amplify their impact

We work with a range of businesses, stakeholders and individuals, partnering them with small, innovative non-profits to deliver positive social impact.

£ Donated in 2023

£ Donated since 2011

Causes Supported

Harry's Hat

Supporting children with Hydrocephalus.

Downright Special

Building a brighter future for children with Down Syndrome.

Men in Sheds

Working to reduce social isolation for older men.

Outkast Panda Crew

Improving the lives of young adults.

Reef World

Helping to protect coral and marine environments.

Market Field Farm

Helping young people with learning disabilities into work.

Donated in 2023

Donated since 2011

Causes Supported

Empowering Small Non-profits

Thousands of innovative local charities and non-profit organisations make a huge difference to society, yet many need help securing the funding and support they need to deliver the impact they are capable of.

With over a decade of harnessing the power of business to be a force for good, we make it easy for a company to find and fund small charities and not-for-profits in a meaningful way by delivering flexible charitable giving programmes that create personal connections, engage employees in decision making and empower small non-profit leaders.

Some of the good causes we have supported

Empowering Small Non-profits

Our experience of working closely with small charitable organisations has highlighted that despite making a significant impact on the world around them, there is a funding gap that can be difficult for them to bridge as they take their next steps to growth.

Our range of support packages target unrestricted funding at small organisations, but we also make sure that we are helpful to work with, keeping things as simple, easy and supportive as possible for funding applicants who are often working alongside their day-job, in a voluntary role, or new to funding applications.

More Meaningful Giving

We partner with businesses who have a genuine desire to make a difference to people, planet, and their communities. Our tailored charitable giving programmes accommodate different needs and budgets, and we tailor our packages to deliver our partners’ unique charitable objectives.

Our Business Partners

Latest

impacts at home and abroad

Walking 4 Hope

Walking 4 Hope, a charity in Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK, offers solace and support through nature walks, arts and crafts sessions, and peer support groups for those dealing with bereavement and mental health challenges. Their new short film, funded by the Matthew Good Foundation, highlights the charity's mission and the transformative impact of their work on the community.

Stairfoot Foodbank

Stairfoot Foodbank is a crucial resource in Barnsley, providing emergency food parcels to individuals and families facing financial hardship. Serving up to 147 people weekly, it operates entirely through dedicated volunteers who also conduct fundraising activities like car boot sales and coffee mornings to raise funds for purchasing non-donated food items.

Sailors’ Children’s Society

Sailors’ Children’s Society is a national charity that provides support to children whose parent has made a living at sea or from the inland canals or rivers. They help mariners from fishing fleets, Royal Navy and Merchant Navy families including ferries, cruise ships, cargo ships and offshore industries.

PramDepot

PramDepot provides emergency baby boxes to vulnerable pregnant women lacking essential supplies, focusing on those in London who have minimal support from government or local authorities. Each month, around 40 women and their newborns receive quality clothing, feeding, and sleeping equipment in gift boxes that ensure mothers feel valued. The organisation collects preloved items from public donations, diverting thousands from landfills, and also use funding to provide new items such as pumps and sterilisers.

Hidden Disabilities

Hidden Disabilities is a new charity in Hull that supports people with non-visible disabilities through social, wellness and personal development events and activities, and also by raising awareness. Hidden disabilities can include chronic illness, mental health conditions, neurodivergence, cognitive, sensory and movement disorders. These can severely impact daily life yet remain unnoticed, leading to scepticism and isolation. The charity organises inclusive events providing education and support to improve physical and mental health, whilst also promoting societal understanding.

Thames Seal Watch

Thames Seal Watch was established by a British Divers Marine Life Rescue medic following the fatal incident of the famous London seal, Freddie, in 2021, which had a significant impact on the community. The group aims to educate the public about Thames wildlife, promote safe seal encounters, and enhance rescue efforts. They provide talks, rescue kits, and educational materials to river-users such as rowing clubs, fostering conservation awareness and community pride.

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

The Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU) is a marine conservation charity in northeast Scotland. They safeguard UK cetaceans including whales and dolphins through research, education, and a 24-hour rescue service. Collaborating with universities, they study coastal cetaceans, informing conservation efforts and inspiring budding scientists worldwide. Plus, they provide marine mammal rescue training and operate Scotland's only specialised team for stranded marine mammals with the help of their team of 600 volunteer first-responders.

Ogmore River Clean

Local resident Alun turned to environmental activism after noticing thousands of tyres in the River Ogmore in South Wales while walking his dog. In 2023, he led a massive local cleanup effort removing 2,000 tyres and much more. Despite this progress, thousands of tyres still endanger the river's ecosystem. Alun is planning further large-scale cleanups in the river and aims to make an impact on environmental initiatives across the UK.

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

The Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation (HAWO) is based in Argyll’s Knapdale Forest, an important area for biodiversity. They work with national organisations to monitor species and perform biodiversity restoration work, conserving the habitat for the future. They also provide sustainable tourism activities and educate local school children in wetland ecology.

Getting Clean CIC

Getting Clean is a Leeds-based community interest company (CIC) with a mission centred around addiction recovery, community improvement, and environmental sustainability. Their primary objectives include supporting individuals in recovery, enhancing the local community, creating pathways to employment, promoting environmentalism, and challenging addiction stereotypes.

Walking 4 Hope

Walking 4 Hope, a charity in Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK, offers solace and support through nature walks, arts and crafts sessions, and peer support groups for those dealing with bereavement and mental health challenges. Their new short film, funded by the Matthew Good Foundation, highlights the charity's mission and the transformative impact of their work on the community.

Stairfoot Foodbank

Stairfoot Foodbank is a crucial resource in Barnsley, providing emergency food parcels to individuals and families facing financial hardship. Serving up to 147 people weekly, it operates entirely through dedicated volunteers who also conduct fundraising activities like car boot sales and coffee mornings to raise funds for purchasing non-donated food items.

Sailors’ Children’s Society

Sailors’ Children’s Society is a national charity that provides support to children whose parent has made a living at sea or from the inland canals or rivers. They help mariners from fishing fleets, Royal Navy and Merchant Navy families including ferries, cruise ships, cargo ships and offshore industries.

PramDepot

PramDepot provides emergency baby boxes to vulnerable pregnant women lacking essential supplies, focusing on those in London who have minimal support from government or local authorities. Each month, around 40 women and their newborns receive quality clothing, feeding, and sleeping equipment in gift boxes that ensure mothers feel valued. The organisation collects preloved items from public donations, diverting thousands from landfills, and also use funding to provide new items such as pumps and sterilisers.

Hidden Disabilities

Hidden Disabilities is a new charity in Hull that supports people with non-visible disabilities through social, wellness and personal development events and activities, and also by raising awareness. Hidden disabilities can include chronic illness, mental health conditions, neurodivergence, cognitive, sensory and movement disorders. These can severely impact daily life yet remain unnoticed, leading to scepticism and isolation. The charity organises inclusive events providing education and support to improve physical and mental health, whilst also promoting societal understanding.

Thames Seal Watch

Thames Seal Watch was established by a British Divers Marine Life Rescue medic following the fatal incident of the famous London seal, Freddie, in 2021, which had a significant impact on the community. The group aims to educate the public about Thames wildlife, promote safe seal encounters, and enhance rescue efforts. They provide talks, rescue kits, and educational materials to river-users such as rowing clubs, fostering conservation awareness and community pride.

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

The Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU) is a marine conservation charity in northeast Scotland. They safeguard UK cetaceans including whales and dolphins through research, education, and a 24-hour rescue service. Collaborating with universities, they study coastal cetaceans, informing conservation efforts and inspiring budding scientists worldwide. Plus, they provide marine mammal rescue training and operate Scotland's only specialised team for stranded marine mammals with the help of their team of 600 volunteer first-responders.

Ogmore River Clean

Local resident Alun turned to environmental activism after noticing thousands of tyres in the River Ogmore in South Wales while walking his dog. In 2023, he led a massive local cleanup effort removing 2,000 tyres and much more. Despite this progress, thousands of tyres still endanger the river's ecosystem. Alun is planning further large-scale cleanups in the river and aims to make an impact on environmental initiatives across the UK.

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

The Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation (HAWO) is based in Argyll’s Knapdale Forest, an important area for biodiversity. They work with national organisations to monitor species and perform biodiversity restoration work, conserving the habitat for the future. They also provide sustainable tourism activities and educate local school children in wetland ecology.

Getting Clean CIC

Getting Clean is a Leeds-based community interest company (CIC) with a mission centred around addiction recovery, community improvement, and environmental sustainability. Their primary objectives include supporting individuals in recovery, enhancing the local community, creating pathways to employment, promoting environmentalism, and challenging addiction stereotypes.

Matthew Good Foundation appoints new trustees to strengthen mission

Four new appointees bring diverse expertise and renewed vision to the Foundation’s board as it builds on its mission to amplify small non-profits.

Matthew Good Foundation appoints new trustees to strengthen mission

Four new appointees bring diverse expertise and renewed vision to the Foundation’s board as it builds on its mission to amplify small non-profits.

Matthew Good Foundation and John Good Group back maritime charity with film and fundraising

The Sailors’ Children’s Society, a Hull-based charity established over 200 years ago, supports disadvantaged children from various maritime sectors across the UK. The John Good Group and Matthew Good Foundation have collaborated to bolster the charity with initiatives including a documentary-style film and a fundraising cycle ride.

Annual Review 2023: Our biggest year yet sees over £300k granted to non-profits

Thanks to increased donations from the John Good Group, plus a growing business network, the Matthew Good Foundation celebrated its most impactful year yet in 2023, granting over £300,000 to charities and non-profits. 90% of funds awarded went to small charities (those with an annual income of less than £1 million), in line with the Foundation’s strategy to amplify the work of grassroots organisations.

£15,000 awarded in the latest Grants for Good

The results of the members’ vote for the top donation of £5,000 are in! Find out who won the latest round of Grants for Good.

John Good Group shares marketing skills with local charity, FiND

John Good Group CMO Rich Quelch is helping East Yorkshire charity FinD with their new marketing strategy, brand proposition and website
Debbie looks out across the Yorkshire Dales from the top of a hill with joy.

Changing the Landscape: New film highlights benefits of improved access to Yorkshire Dales for those with disabilities

Access the Dales, a charity started by a respected disability ambassador and campaigner from the Yorkshire Dales, has released a short film featuring powerful commentary from service users on how the charity has changed their lives, in the hope that more people will benefit from their campaign to make sure nobody is left without the opportunity to access activities in the Yorkshire Dales.
A collage of images representing the people and activities across the five chosen charities, surrounding the John Good Group Grants for Good Logo

£15,000 awarded in the latest Grants for Good

The results of the members’ vote for the top donation of £5,000 are in! Find out who won the latest round of Grants for Good.
Community Impact: Two people stand in front of a newly built patio area of a garden with bench, arbour and planters. They hold a board that says thank you. A close up of the plague on the bench reads "In memory of Jackie Lee"

More meaningful giving: An employee giving case study

A recent employee giving application has demonstrated how the Matthew Good Foundation helps the John Good Group to increase their community impact, not just by issuing grants, but by leveraging the Foundation’s network & expertise to deliver higher value outcomes, for employees, charities, and businesses alike.

Raising Aspirations: New mini documentary highlights Hull car project improving social mobility

Outkast Panda Crew, a Community Interest Company which evolved from a modified car club in Hull, has featured in a new mini documentary. The 11-minute film, funded by The Matthew Good Foundation and produced by INIT Creative, highlights the power held by grassroots organisations to improve inner-city communities, by raising aspirations beyond a life of crime and anti-social behaviour for disadvantaged youths.

£15,000 awarded in the latest Grants for Good

The results of the members’ vote for the top donation of £5,000 are in! Find out who won the latest round of Grants for Good.