Newman’s Own Foundation is a private, US-based independent foundation established in 2005 by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The Foundation continues Paul’s commitment to making the world a better place by donating all profits and royalties earned from the sale of Paul Newman’s Own and Newman’s Own products to charity. To date over $400 million (USD) has been donated to thousands of charities around the world with over $20 million (USD) to Australian and New Zealand charities.

2014 Newman’s Own Foundation charity grants

The application period for the Foundation’s 2014 charity grants has now closed.

This year the focus area of nutrition was chosen by the Foundation in response to an increasing need within the wider community especially in the areas of food insecurity, food waste and its environmental impact.

The charities selected to receive grants for their nutrition projects will be announced later this year. We invite Australian charities to continue to visit our Facebook page at or this site for future funding opportunities.

Why Nutrition

The following statistics are from Australia’s largest food rescue organisation OzHarvest and shine a spotlight on current nutrition issues:

  • 60,000 low income working families in Australia go without meals or are food insecure.
  • one million children go to school without breakfast or bed without dinner every day and two million people rely on food relief in Australia at some point every year – yet 24% to 35% of school lunches end up in the bin.
  • we throw away food worth $5.2 billion a year, with an average household wasting $616 of food a year.
  • It is estimated that 20 - 40% of fruit and vegetables is rejected even before reaching the shops – mostly because it does not match cosmetic demands
  • 3.28 million tonnes of food ends up in landfill in Australia each year and is the cause of the second largest source of methane

2013 Newman’s Own Foundation charity grants

In 2013 Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness helped the Newman’s Own Foundation select the charities that shared in $USD1 million in funding . There were two key funding areas:

  • Children with Life-Limiting Conditions - projects that enhance the quality of life for children with life-limiting medical conditions, and/or for whom the experience of childhood has been disrupted by circumstances beyond their control.

  • Empowerment - projects that empower people to overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances, and/or provide equal access to human rights and contribute to the development of a civil society.

Newman’s Own Foundation wishes to thank the many charities that applied for the 2013 funding round. Unfortunately it is not possible to support every worthy project however we encourage all charities to please continue to visit our Facebook page at or this site for future funding opportunities.

The list of successful recipients – click here.


Janyne Hogan, Deborra-lee Furness, Louise Sauvage and Robert Forrester