Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Goodes O’Loughlin (GO) Foundation?

The GO Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded in 2009. We are focussed solely on providing scholarships for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain a secondary education at quality Sydney schools.


Who are the founders of the GO Foundation?

Adam Goodes, a proud Indigenous man of Adnyamathanha and Narungga descent, and Michael O’Loughlin, a proud Indigenous man of Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri descent, were both born in South Australia and are the founders of the GO Foundation.

They both played for the Sydney Swans football team in the drought-breaking 2005 AFL Grand Final win and were also both named in the Indigenous Team of the Century in the same year.

Michael played 303 AFL games for the Sydney Swans before retiring in 2009 and to date Adam has played 351 games.

Adam won the Brownlow Medal for the fairest and best player in the AFL in 2003 and 2006.

In 2012 Adam claimed his second premiership with the Sydney Swans.

In 2014 Adam was named Australian of the Year Award for his stance against racism.

Michael continues to mentor and guide young Sydney Swans hopefuls as the Head Coach of the Sydney Swans Academy.


Why did the founders establish the GO Foundation?

Adam and Michael are passionate about education equality. Despite the success they have enjoyed, both acknowledge they came from humble backgrounds. They believe the challenges they have faced and the contacts they now have provide them with the necessary tools to help more Indigenous young people to complete high school and to go on to further education or fulfilling employment. In short they want young Indigenous Australians to have the opportunities many other Australians take for granted.


What does the GO Foundation do?

The GO Foundation exists to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with scholarships to quality schools. GO partners with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) to ensure the transition to these schools is smoother, allowing them to get the best out of themselves. GO aims to fund scholarships for 10-15 Indigenous young people to attend quality schools in 2015 and GO aims to build on this number each year.  Adam and Michael also intend to provide direct mentoring of the recipients and use GO Foundation connections in the corporate world to provide clear pathways to employment for the students upon completion of their schooling.


Why is the GO Foundation’s focus only on education?

Nationally Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders now account for over 5% of all full-time students, this is despite the overall population accounting for 2.9% of the nation’s total population.

GO believes that education is the single most important factor in Indigenous Australians achieving a brighter future and that it is the cornerstone of a healthy, happy and productive life, and its benefits are immeasurable.

In 2013 the national Year 12 completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students was 27.8% below that of the rest of Australia’s students [1]. It has however been proven that when an Indigenous student completes Year 12 they are just as likely to gain employment as a non-Indigenous student [2].

This highlights the importance of quality education in creating positive flow-on effects for Indigenous people in their post-school years. The GO Foundation’s Direct Gift Recipient status (DGR 1) requires that as an organisation all donations and grants received must be directed towards educating an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person.


How can I apply for a GO Foundation scholarship?

 Subject to GO funding, all interested AIEF Partner Schools will be calling for scholarship applications mid-year. Interested parties currently not attending an AIEF Partner School should contact AIEF directly.


How can I help the GO Foundation?

Despite some great early outcomes the GO Foundation is still very much in its infancy. We need like-minded individuals to spread the word about what we do with a wide range of people so our goals can not only be met but built upon each year.


All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.


Regardless of your skill set we believe your passion for our cause can be used to harness not only goodwill within Australian society but real results that will lead to stronger individuals, families and communities.


 How do I request assistance from the GO Foundation?

You may contact us through this website or by email if you specifically want to apply for a GO Scholarship through the AIEF.

If you or your organisation would like to partner with GO on a specific event or project this will be considered on a case-by-case basis however the GO Foundation’s DGR 1 status restricts all expenditure to scholarships only and no other funding requests can be considered.