Supporting our mission is a set of values that influence the decisions we make, the strategies we advance and the investments we pursue. Specifically:

  • We Value Families: While we seek to make Maine a place where all people can thrive, we place a special emphasis on strengthening Maine’s children, along with their families, who most acutely experience the adverse effects of poverty. The Foundation believes that strong families are the most critical factor in any child’s success and, as such, we put a premium on ideas that advance this principle.
  • We Emphasize Prevention: While the Foundation devotes some portion of our annual grant making to addressing immediate needs, the bulk of our annual resources are devoted to ideas and strategies that address “root causes” and have the greatest potential to prevent the poor outcomes experienced by too many people in Maine.
  • We Strive to Advance Comprehensive Approaches: Given the complexities of the issues facing Maine’s children and families, the Foundation seeks to make investments in ideas that take a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of children and their parents or guardians in an integrated way.
  • We Emphasize Data and Results: The Foundation strives to make investments in ideas for which there are well-reasoned, researched-based rationales; and those that can, over time, measurably improve results for Maine’s children and families. We also prioritize institutions, agencies and communities that take such an approach in their work.
  • We Look to Promote Sound Public Policy: Because the Foundation seeks to improve the lives of large numbers of children and families in Maine, we look to advance ideas, practices and policies that can increase the ability of practitioners, organizations, and policy makers to achieve better outcomes, at scale.
  • We Value Partnerships and Collaboration: Recognizing that our resources pale in comparison to the depth and scope of the problems we seek to address, the Foundation actively seeks out and advances collaborations and partnerships locally and nationally, including partners in both the public and private sector; and, in our grant making, we favor ideas and strategies that do the same.
  • We Honor the Foundation’s Grant Making Legacy:Since the earliest days of the Foundation, our founder Tom Gorman expressed an ongoing interest in addressing issues related to mental health and cancer treatment. While our current interests are significantly more expansive, we continue to address these areas in the context of both our direct service grant making and our strategic priorities.
  • We Strive for Equity: We commit to examining the ways in which inequitable outcomes are driven by race, gender, and other identities; and how our foundation can work alongside affected communities to eliminate those disparities.