Sir Owen established the Glenn Family Foundation (GFF) in the early 1980’s.
Mr. Jimmy Keir introduced Sir Owen to Caritas in the old Portuguese enclave in Macau. As a result of a donation generously given by Sir Owen, GFF rapidly expanded with the main focus on serving the people living in the villages of West Bengal, India. It was here that Sir Owen’s vision of helping whole communities by improving their health and well-being in a tangible, direct way took root. He spent the next 20 years making significant donations, supporting innovative projects, and delivering basic need supplies such as water filtration systems, latrines, spectacles, and other essentials to communities primarily in Australasia and India.
Sir Owen has supported the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health in New Zealand which opened in 2002. He has been a key component in ensuring that high performance athletes of New Zealand have the necessary facilities and environment to train at and to stay competitive with the rest of the high-performance sports in the world; this facility is also a focal point for community health and well-being. Mike Stanley CNZM, Chief Executive of Millennium Institute of Sport and Health and President of the NZ Olympic Committee stated that “the funding Owen agreed to through his foundation has allowed for an objective assessment on the best ‘Centre of Excellence’ model for New Zealand, especially in terms of facilities and service and to allow us to explore financial modelling options.” At the opening of the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre in 2017, the then Minister of Sport, the Honourable Murray McCully CNZM, stated that without Sir Owen’s support of $2.7M the project could not have come to fruition.