15 December 2016

In Conversation with... John Godwin

“To be able to help others and put them in a better position, emotionally or financially, that’s a really powerful
experience…”

The Cromwell Property Group Foundation (the Foundation) was established to support organisations that conduct research into, or provide support to, causes relevant to the mature aged community. The Foundation donates to charities which may not receive much attention but whose valuable work will benefit from the level of support the Foundation is able to provide. To date, the Foundation has donated over $350,000.

The Foundation was established by Cromwell Property Group CEO Paul Weightman and John Godwin in January 2014 after years of discussion about the need to help others and make a positive impact. Today, the Foundation engages with the Cromwell community, including staff, suppliers, investors and tenants to make this vision a reality.

The charter of the Foundation is to provide greatly needed funding for research and collaboration to causes relevant to the mature aged community, with a focus on charities who typically do not receive widespread support. John Godwin is one of three Cromwell Foundation board members, which also includes Ross Walker and Paul Weightman.

“I am so proud that the Foundation looks to support smaller and less funded organisations and helps to promote their efforts. The Foundation’s sole purpose is to support charities and the less fortunate – 100% of the funds raised goes directly to the causes.”

Over the last two years, the Foundation has supported charities including Parkinson’s NSW, Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA Australia), MS Research Australia, Australian Liver Foundation, Neuroscience Research Australia, the Pink Angels and the Black Dog Institute.

For John, a standout moment has been the outstanding results achieved through the Foundation’s ongoing support of TNA Australia – a not-for-profit association designed to support and encourage sufferers of Trigeminal Neuralgia and their families, friends and carers.

“I have worked closely with TNA Australia, and those who suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia, since 2014. To see the true impact of the Foundation’s support is remarkable – we really are making a positive difference. I have been personally contacted by sufferers who want to thank the Foundation for providing hope in their lives.”

“To be able to help others and put them in a better position, emotionally or financially, that’s a really powerful experience,” he said.

$50,000 was initially donated to TNA Australia in 2014 for their national conference, the first donation made by the Foundation. The donation reduced participant fees and resulted in a record attendance at the 2014/2015 conference. Since then, the Foundation has donated $30,000 for world-first research projects in the field.

“I am personally so touched by the commitment of the Cromwell community, particularly staff who consistently dedicate time and resources to organising and participating in creative fundraising events like The State of Origin Cycling Challenge and Destination Outback which have a huge and lasting impact.”

“In the coming year we aim to get investors, tenants and suppliers more involved and take the Foundation’s level of support to greater heights.”

On top of the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives, Cromwell Property Group donates $100,000 each year.

Donations to the Cromwell Foundation of more than $2 are tax deductible. To donate or seek more information, visit www.cromwellfoundation.org.au.

Originally published in Insight Summer 2017.