Founded by Adam Goodes, Michael O’Loughlin and James Gallichan, the GO Foundation burst into life in 2009 in the NSW town of Dareton. With a population of approximately 600, around a third of whom were 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, vocational training for Indigenous students, the donation of sports uniforms and equipment to local schools and the donation of $20,000 worth of playground equipment and fencing for the local community centre.
In 2012, the GO Foundation refined its focus to education, believing that education was the key to creating a brighter future for Indigenous Australians. The GO Foundation established its Board of Directors and partnered with a number of individuals and partners who believed in the mission of the GO Foundation. The Sydney Swans, Allens Linklaters and KPMG all partnered with GO at this time.
To offer its first scholarships, GO formed a partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). Whereas AIEF had previously provided boarding scholarships, through the partnership, GO was able to launch day scholarships for Indigenous day students.
Today, the GO Foundation is working with a number of individuals, corporate partners and schools to deliver scholarships to Indigenous students in public schools. We hope to launch the first GO Foundation public school scholarships in 2018.