PHOTO: Explaining the Goals of Thrive2027

On September 9, John T. Gorman Foundation President Tony Cipollone and United Way of Greater Portland Senior Vice President of Community Impact Dan Coyne spoke to members of the Maine Philanthropy Center about Thrive2027. This collaborative effort among nearly 300 cross-sector partners in Cumberland County seeks to better align work in the community to achieve… Read more »

August Resources Update

The John T. Gorman Foundation maintains a resources page with data, reports and best practices on our four focus areas: young children, older youth, families, and seniors. Here is a rundown of our latest updates. Georgetown University: Born to Win, Schooled to Lose For low-income students, high test scores in kindergarten do not necessarily result… Read more »

Former Fellows Reflect

Years after completing the John T. Gorman Fellowship, three former participants discuss the impact it has had on their work From its start four years ago, the intent of the John T. Gorman Fellowship has been to make a lasting impact not only on its participants, but also on the organizations and systems in which… Read more »

Engaging Decision-Makers, Empowering Youth

Maine Young People’s Caucus helps youth inform decision-makers about the issues that impact them The committee room at the State House in Augusta was packed on May 30, with each seat at the committee table taken and standing room only for the audience. Legislators and state administrators carried on a spirited dialogue with citizens this… Read more »

Seeing Two-Generation Strategies at Work in Bangor

  An unfortunate reality is that a child raised in poverty is much more likely to become an adult living in poverty. In fact, 42% of children born to parents at the bottom of the income ladder stay there. Historically, programs have tried to disrupt this kind of generational poverty by either offering services to… Read more »

Foundation Hires Three New Staff Members

Portland, Maine—The John T. Gorman Foundation has recently welcomed three new members to its staff—Communications Director Andrew Colvin, Program Associate Alexis Mann, and Administration Associate Yvonne Dorrington. Communications Director Andrew Colvin comes to the Foundation with over a decade of experience in Maine non-profit and government communications. He most recently served 9 years as Deputy… Read more »

Welcome to Our New Website

  Thank you for visiting the John T. Gorman Foundation’s newly redesigned website! The goals of this new design are to: Make it easier for users to access and navigate the site on both desktop and mobile devices; Present captivating images of real Mainers in the communities where we work; Offer clear information on how… Read more »

Foundation Sponsors Maine Public Series on Childcare

The John T. Gorman Foundation has sponsored Maine Public’s Deep Dive on Childcare–a comprehensive look at the troubles Maine families have in finding and affording care for their young children, the challenges teachers and providers are up against, and some strategies that are making headway. This infographic says a lot, but for all the details,… Read more »

Mapping the Benefits Cliff

[This article was taken from the Foundation’s Spring 2019 Newsletter] As the proverbial myth goes, the poor simply need to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” to get out of poverty. But all too often, when low-income families pull up one strap, the other just gets shorter. Take these stories from Downeast Maine. Wendy worries… Read more »