Foundation Announces Plans for 2022 Direct Services Grant Program

From February 1-March 1, Foundation will accept applications for a total of $1.5 million in grants to meet immediate needs of low-income Mainers  Portland – Today the John T. Gorman Foundation announced that it will accept applications for its 2022 Direct Services Grant Program from February 1 to March 1. This year, the program will… Read more »

RELEASE: John T. Gorman Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

The John T. Gorman Foundation announced today that its President & CEO Tony Cipollone will retire on February 1, 2022, after leading the organization through a major period of growth. Chief Program Officer Nicole Witherbee, now in her 10th year at the Foundation, has been selected by the Board of Directors as its new President & CEO.

Foundation Awards Support and Challenge Grant for Preble Street Food Security Hub

The following is a press release from Preble Street Preble Street announces matching grant challenge from the John T. Gorman Foundation for new Food Security Hub dedicated to ending hunger in Maine Preble Street Food Security Hub will be the first food hub in Maine focused on food insecurity PORTLAND, ME (December 15, 2021) —… Read more »

2021 Fall Newsletter: New Opportunities for Positive Impact

With Thanksgiving already around the corner, all of us at the John T. Gorman Foundation have much to be thankful for – not in spite of the challenges brought by this lingering pandemic but in light of them. COVID continues to make life difficult for low-income families and the organizations that serve them. But still, our communities persevere, and the Foundation’s partners continue to make important progress in improving the lives of Maine people.

A Pediatric Visit that Strengthens the Whole Family

Traditionally, a well visit to the pediatrician’s office has involved weighing, measuring, booster shots, and questions about developmental milestones. But in recent years a cross-sector team at MaineHealth has worked to broaden the scope of these visits to include screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), repeated exposure to which can cause a child long-term harm. Now, with a grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation, the MaineHealth team is testing a new strategy for preventing and mitigating ACEs by helping parents and children build resiliency amid great adversity.

Giving Youth Voice in the Systems That Support Them

After a survey of high school students in Somerset County revealed concerning challenges and unmet needs, a Foundation-funded task force of young leaders convened this summer to strategize systemic ways to make youth feel more supported and understood in school and the community. From their work, important lessons emerged about raising the voices of youth – and getting adults to listen.

Q&A with Janet Smith, New Ventures Maine

Income is important to a family’s financial stability, but so too are wealth and assets, the reservoir of resources that can be tapped to weather emergencies and invest in the future. As the Foundation prepares to release a brief in the coming weeks with recommendations to make wealth-building opportunities more accessible and equitable, we spoke with John T. Gorman Fellow Janet Smith – just named Director of New Ventures Maine – for her perspective on why helping low-income families build savings is important to their long-term success and what barriers currently stand in their way.

Snapshots & Updates: 2021 Direct Services Grant Program

Last spring, the John T. Gorman Foundation awarded $1 million to 71 organizations through its annual Direct Services Grant Program. Since then, grantees have done exceptional work to help low-income Mainers meet their essential needs amid the challenges of a prolonged pandemic. Here in their own words, a sample of grantees offer updates and snapshots of their work this year.