About Us



Michael Goodman 


The Ruth and Henry Goodman Fund for Social and Ecological Justice was established in 2006 by Michael Goodman in honour of his parents resistance to war and their commitment to the environment and social justice. The family fled Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century to escape war and anti-Semitism. In 1966 the family moved to Canada from the United States in response to US military aggression. It was at that time that the Goodman family became involved with the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers and counted among the historic peace churches. The Quaker influence is the foundation on which the Fund is built.

The Goodman family prospered in Canada working in the construction, real estate and property development area. Prior to joining the family business Michael worked as a filmmaker, communications specialist and taught at Simon Fraser University.

As Michael states "My family background is finance and real estate development and I grew up studying those topics informally, thus infusing me with a strange mix of business, socialism and social activism".

In the 1980's Michael founded the Tri City Group www.tricitygroup.ca, focusing on real estate development and at the same time continuing to be involved in social justice initiatives. The Fund has been made possible through the financial success of Tri City. As a family fund we self-select organizations and projects that meet our criteria for social and ecological justice. We do not accept unsolicited applications, however, we are always pleased to received information related to our mission.



Henry, Ruth, and Michael Goodman





" A peace, in the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country.

Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free."                                                                                                                                                      - HH The Dalai Lama




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