An avid philanthropist and community volunteer, Goodwin was one of the founders of the Indiana Sports Corporation, an organization that has brought hundreds of national amateur athletic events to Indianapolis. He also served as treasurer of the organization, and additionally served as treasurer of the National Sports Festival and the Pan-American Games when the latter came to Indianapolis. For several years, Goodwin also served as the chairman of the Amateur Athletic Union’s Sullivan Award Gala, which selects and honors the nation’s greatest amateur athlete.
Prior to his time with the Lilly Endowment, Goodwin worked as an auditor with major client responsibilities at Ernst and Young, and served as a liaison officer for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Counterintelligence School in Berchtesgaden, Germany. In addition to his degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, he holds an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business.
Following his retirement from the Lilly Endowment, Goodwin moved to The Stratford retirement community in Carmel, Indiana, where he continues his volunteer work by serving on the community’s facility and grounds committee. He and his wife Donna were married for 50 years, prior to her passing in 2013. Goodwin has two daughters and six grandchildren.