UPDATE: COVID-19 Outbreak

To John T. Gorman Foundation partners, grantees, and community, The outbreak of COVID-19 in Maine makes this an exceptionally difficult time for our state’s nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. To continue supporting them, the John T. Gorman Foundation remains committed to maintaining its operations. However, to protect the safety of our staff and… Read more »

Winter 2020 Newsletter Pays Tribute to Founder Tom Gorman

Dear Friend, Monday, February 10, marked the 10th anniversary of our founder Tom Gorman’s death. For the John T. Gorman Foundation’s Board and staff, it is an apt time to both remember and celebrate Tom’s remarkable generosity and his unflinching compassion for disadvantaged Mainers. As a grandson of L.L. Bean and a lifelong resident of Yarmouth,… Read more »

Mitchell Promise Scholars, A Promising Approach

A partnership between the John T. Gorman Foundation and Mitchell Institute gives students from very challenging circumstances access to scholarships & intensive supports to get through college During Caitlin Farrington’s sophomore year at Colby College, her adoptive parents cut ties with her. The relationship had been difficult from nearly the beginning, and by that time,… Read more »

Winter ’20 Foundation News of Note

Welcome Lily and Lisa! The John T. Gorman Foundation has made two great additions to its team. Lily Collins (left) joins us as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist with a non-profit background that includes conservation, sustainable farming, and food security. New Program Associate Lisa Margulies is an attorney who most recently worked as Senior Policy Specialist for the… Read more »

Keisha’s Story of Food Insecurity

Keisha Beal, a 28-year mother from Rockland, recently participated in the Building Advocates Leadership Program, an initiative of Good Shepherd Food Bank funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, to empower those who have experienced food insecurity as advocates. An important part of the process was having participants share their powerful stories—and to have those… Read more »

Ending Hunger in Maine One Community, One Client at a Time

John T. Gorman Foundation grant supports efforts at Good Shepherd Food to develop community-driven strategies to address hunger and empower the food insecure as advocates At Good Shepherd Food Bank’s warehouse in Auburn, forklifts raise pallets of food onto shelves over 30 feet high. Garage doors lead to refrigerated coolers that can hold up to… Read more »

Direct Services Grantee Profile: Healthy Acadia

Foundation-Supported Gleaning Initiative Helps Feed the Hungry in Downeast Maine [NOTE: The John T. Gorman Foundation will be accepting applications for the 2020 Direct Services Grant Program until March 25. These grants of up to $25,000 support strategies for meeting the immediate basic needs of vulnerable Mainers. In this profile, we take a look at… Read more »

2019 John T. Gorman Fellows Share Strategies & Progress Toward Improving Lives in Maine

The 2019 John T. Gorman Fellows completed the final seminar of the Fellowship last November, capping off nine months of intensive work not only to learn the elements of Results Based Leadership, but to apply them in their work in real time. Over the course of the Fellowship, these established leaders identified their “result”– the… Read more »

2020 Direct Services Grant Program Open Until March 25

The John T. Gorman Foundation’s 2020 Direct Services Grant Program (DSGP) is open until Wednesday, March 25, at 5 p.m. These grants of up to $25,000 go to non-profit organizations working to provide quality supports and services that address the immediate basic needs of economically disadvantaged people in Maine. Click here for more information and… Read more »

WMTW Features Partnership with Maine Cancer Foundation

Our founder Tom Gorman cared deeply about helping Mainers with cancer and their families through this terrible disease. Over the last two years, we have partnered with the Maine Cancer Foundation to carry on that legacy, working with this great organization to make grants to nonprofits that provide vital hospice and transportation services to those… Read more »