Priority Area: Young Children

14% of Maine children live in poverty

Priority Area: Older Youth

12% of Maine young adults age 20-24 are out of school and out of work

Priority Area: Families

27% 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:

John T. Gorman Fellowship

The John T. Gorman Fellowship is designed to strengthen the capacity of leaders in the nonprofit, advocacy, and government sectors to make changes that can improve the lives of vulnerable people in Maine with measurable results. Fellows work within the Foundation’s priority areas of young children, older youth, families, and seniors.

So far, 32 John T. Gorman Fellows have completed the program — an additional 10 leaders are participating as the Fellowship’s fourth cohort in 2022.