Founded by Adam Goodes, Michael O’Loughlin and their good mate, James Gallichan, the GO Foundation started its journey in the NSW town of Dareton. With around a third of the town’s 600 or so residents of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander heritage, Dareton was GO’s initial foray into community work.

For three years, GO participated in various community programmes in Dareton, including presentations on healthy lifestyle, and vocational training for Indigenous students. GO also donated sports uniforms and equipment to local schools and $20,000 worth of playground equipment and fencing for the local community centre.

In 2014, the GO Foundation refined its focus to education, believing that education is the key to creating a brighter future for Indigenous Australians. The GO Foundation established its Board of Directors and partnered with a number of like-minded individuals and partners. The Sydney Swans, Allens Linklaters, QBE and KPMG are all Founding Partners of the GO Foundation.