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Building Youth Dreams

Who We Are

Founded in 1995, we are a 501-(c)-3 charity that supports personal growth and development by creating environments and opportunities for children to excel artistically, athletically, and academically.

We partner with professional sports teams, hall-of-fame athletes, legendary artists, and talented musicians to make dreams come true. Good Tidings was created with the spirit of the holiday season in mind and the joy of giving at our core. Our “mission over money” is the cornerstone of everything we do.

Our Story

Good Tidings was born from an idea by Larry Harper, a Professional Baseball Scout. In 1994, MLB canceled the World Series. Harper was disturbed by how this could happen over money and the impression that would be left on youth. So he set out to do something positive and began working on a book to inspire children. 

This idea led Larry to a collaboration project with one of his three childhood idol’s – Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully. All proceeds from the sale of the book It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year benefitted youth charities. From this experience, Harper along with his wife, Ronette, realized the potential to make a difference, and the Good Tidings Foundation was born in January of 1995. Along the way, Larry’s other two childhood idols, LeRoy Neiman and Alice Cooper, would join his cause. The whole story can be found in Larry’s memoir, An Accidentally Amazing Life, which you can purchase on our Support Us page

Ever since, the Good Tidings Foundation has built 200+ athletic facilities, art studios, music studios, teen rooms, makers spaces, and more for marginalized children. GT has also awarded nearly $2,000,000 in scholarships for children in under-served communities and $20,000 in grants for young black individuals starting a new business or non-profit.

Our Mission

Good Tidings encourages and supports the growth of marginalized children in Northern California and beyond by creating environments for athletics, the arts, education and wonder.

We believe that every child deserves the access and the means to pursue their dreams. The Good Tidings Foundation aims to provide opportunities that otherwise would be unavailable to kids regardless of their financial status, ethnic origin, region of living, or religion.

Our People

Our Board

Aaron Barulich

Glenn DeKraker

David Flemming

Jose Gordon

Jamie Greene

Drew Hagen

Larry Harper

Ali Hinga-Nevitt

Matthew King

John McNulty

Rachel Nghe

Jerri Kay-Phillips

Kim Popovits

Rich Sarris

Our Staff

Larry Harper
Founder

Korynn Pope
Manager of Donor
Engagement & Events

Bridgette Harper
Program Director

Ronette Harper
Historian

Our Outreach

View the full list of gifts the Good Tidings Foundation has given over the years.

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Our History

1995

Good Tidings is born from a children’s book Larry Harper wrote with a foreword by his childhood idol, Vin Scully.

1998

In partnership with the Golden State Warriors, GT renovates their first athletics project, Brookdale Park Basketball Court in Oakland – the project was renamed Good Tidings Court in 2012.

1999

The Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship launches.

2001

Nate Thurmond becomes GT’s official spokesperson.

2003

Barry Bonds Jr. Giants field is built at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco.

2006

The LeRoy Neiman Art Studio is built at Pier 9 in San Francisco. This served at the GT headquarter from 2006–2014.

2008

The first Kerri Court is built in San Jose.

2010

GT partners with CC Sabathia to renovate his childhood baseball field in Vallejo.

2012

The Chris Mullin court is renovated at Oakland’s Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center.

2013

The Joe Thornton Street Hockey Court is built at Goss Elementary School in San Jose.

2015

GT travels out to Harlem to build the LeRoy Neiman Art Studio at Union Settlement.

2016

The LeRoy Neiman Art Studio at Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock is built in Phoenix.

2018

Good Tidings’ Winter Wonderland opens at its headquarters in Burlingame.

2020

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, GT launches its GT Ventures program.

2020

The Jason Mraz Music Studio opens at ARTS in National City.

2021

The Good Tidings Art Studio opens on Oahu’s North Shore in partnership with Kimi Werner.

2022

Good Tidings’ launches its GT Accelerator program.