Paul Newman and Hotch filled empty wine bottles in the basement with homemade salad dressing to give as holiday gifts to friends and neighbors. After a few weeks, they came back asking for more.
Newman’s Own Salad Dressing officially launched, generating over $300,000 in first-year profits. Paul declared, “Let’s give it all away to those who need it!”
The Newman’s Own product line started expanding with the introduction of pasta sauce. Newman’s Own entered the Australia market.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp opened in Connecticut, serving 288 kids in its first year. It was a place where children with life-threatening conditions could “raise a little hell.”
Following the success of salad dressing, pasta sauce, lemonade, and microwave popcorn, Newman’s Own introduced salsa — all from Paul’s recipes.
A significant milestone was reached: over $50 million had been donated to worthy causes in the company’s first decade.
By this time, Newman’s Own products had expanded globally, with distribution to countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
The Newman’s Own Awards were established to recognize organizations with inspiring initiatives to help improve quality of life for military service members and their families.
Newman’s Own Foundation was established to carry on Paul Newman’s philanthropic legacy.
By this time, Paul Newman had helped establish the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, The Discovery Center, and Safe Water Network, among other organizations.
On September 26, Paul Newman’s life and legacy were recognized upon his passing, honoring the actor and philanthropist who helped make the world a better place.
The new SeriousFun Children’s Network brand was launched, uniting Paul Newman’s global family of camps, serving children living with medical conditions.
Newman’s Own made a major commitment to support nutrition education and fresh food access.
Newman’s Own committed $7 million over 3 years to support military personnel, veterans, and their families.
The Foundation formed its first Nutrition Cohort, a group of 6 nonprofits working together to help address challenges around food access.
Newman’s Own celebrated a $500 million milestone and 35 years of giving it all away.
With the passage of the Philanthropic Enterprise Act, Newman’s Own was able to continue Paul Newman’s legacy to give it all away.
“Let’s give it all away”
An Interactive Timeline 1980-Today