The Father Factor
Founded in 2001, Good+Foundation is a leading national nonprofit that works to dismantle multi-generational poverty by pairing tangible goods with innovative services for low-income fathers, mothers and caregivers, creating an upward trajectory for the whole family.
With warehouses in New York City and Los Angeles, Good+Foundation partners with approximately 75 innovative anti-poverty programs across the country. Our goal is to incentivize parental enrollment and participation in programs like job training, GED attainment, anger management, healthy relationships, and addressing trauma.
It took most of our first decade to fully appreciate that our culture, policy and social service providers were treating fathers as secondary, nonessential actors in children’s well-being. We found that there were very few programs supporting dads, despite the fact that children in father-absent homes are four times more likely to be poor than children in two-parent homes.
In 2010, Good+Foundation expanded programming to intentionally include fathers. Stronger fathers build stronger, more resilient families, which are the backbone of thriving communities. The more we invest in fathers, the greater impact we see on children and families as a whole.
"I was in shock that Good+ actually helped me with the needs I had for my children. I've never experienced that before, and I'm truly grateful."
– A father who received diapers, wipes and clothing from Good+
Good+ has earned six straight 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator (the highest possible) and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance for efficient fundraising and operations.
An external evaluation of Good+Foundation's work found that 93 percent of fathers receiving donations found that their relationship with their children improved, while 82 percent of fathers reported improved relationships with their children's mother and/or other relatives. Additionally, 97 percent of fathers said that donations made them want to continue the life-changing programs provided by Good+ partners.
“Our failure to help men become strong fathers today sets in motion a series of negative outcomes that will likely last decades. By better engaging fathers, we are giving moms – whose responsibilities and stress are endless – a co-parent. Investing in dads and giving them the opportunity to become part of the family helps children and builds stronger communities.”
– Good+Foundation Founder and President Jessica Seinfeld
What Families Get
Essential items like cribs, diapers and strollers to contribute to a healthier, safer environment for parents and children
Access to innovative family services like job training, couples counseling, parenting classes, GED preparation and more
Life-changing support to engage fathers, support mothers and improve outcomes for children across generations