Foundation Lends Support to New Public-Private Partnership to Address Elder Abuse

—–John T. Gorman Foundation President Tony Cipollone and Chief Program Officer Nicole Witherbee attended today’s signing ceremony, as the Foundation has pledged its support of this important partnership. Below is the Governor’s Press Release.—- Joined by lawmakers, advocates for older Mainers, and other state government officials, Governor Janet Mills today signed an Executive Order establishing… Read more »

Fall ’19 Foundation News of Note

UPDATED RESOURCES: The Foundation maintains a frequently updated library of resources with the latest data, reports, and findings on our priority areas: young children, older youth, families and seniors. Take a look here at the latest. IN THE NEWS: Watch a great interview with Portland Public Library’s new residential social worker, a position supported through… Read more »

Maine Prepares for New Federal Law with Aim of Keeping More Families Together

John T. Gorman Foundation sponsors an event to inform Maine stakeholders on the Family First Services Prevention Act, a new federal child welfare law aimed at strengthening at-risk families   The stability, emotional connection, and support a child receives from their family form the foundation for well-being and future success. Yet, many families struggle at… Read more »

Rising to the Challenge

When 300 asylum seekers unexpectedly arrived in Portland this summer, John T. Gorman Fellow Gail Cressey led successful efforts to prepare 85 immigrant children for the rapidly approaching school year. In late June, groups of asylum seekers from Central African nations started to arrive in Portland by Greyhound bus. They would eventually number 300, including… Read more »

In Lewiston, A Cause for Applause

Growing Our Tree Streets, a transformation plan for Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood, reaches an important milestone On September 17, the Lewiston City Council voted unanimously to adopt Growing Our Tree Streets, a HUD Choice Neighborhood transformation plan centered on Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood.  Rules against cheering couldn’t keep the packed chambers from erupting in applause.… Read more »

Helping Business Owners Retire Without Retiring Their Businesses

When small-business owners retire, their businesses often close, leading to the loss of jobs and services in the community. Here’s what one Foundation-funded partnership is doing to preserve those community assets in Maine’s Washington County. The oft-repeated statement “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy” may sound a bit cliched, but in Maine it… Read more »

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 »