Priority Area: Young Children

17% of Maine children live in poverty

Priority Area: Older Youth

15% of young adults in Maine are out of school and out of work

Priority Area: Families

28% of Maine children's parents lack secure employment

Priority Area: Seniors

Maine is the nation’s oldest and most rural state


The John T. Gorman Foundation is a private foundation based in Portland, Maine. We advance and invest in innovative ideas and opportunities that improve the lives of Maine’s most vulnerable people.

We have four priority areas: improving educational achievement for young children; promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth; helping struggling parents support their families and enabling low-income seniors to age in place. Research shows that successfully achieving these key objectives predicts future success. If they are not achieved, the consequences can be dire for current and subsequent generations.


Our Strategies for Maximum Impact

To best improve results for vulnerable children, youth, families and seniors we focus our efforts and grant funding on four key strategies we believe have the greatest chance at creating long lasting change:

The John T. Gorman Fellowship

The John T. Gorman Fellowship seeks to develop a strong cadre of leaders in public sector systems, non-profits, community-based service organizations and advocacy initiatives from across the state who are aligned with the Foundation’s mission, priorities and values. Through the Fellowship, these leaders apply results-based leadership strategies in their work to measurably improve the lives of Maine people.